Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) showered Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with praise this morning before vowing to write in the Republican’s name on the presidential ballot with just seven days until Election Day.
Assemblyman Hikind suggested he came to the decision after how increasingly disappointed he became in presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton, for me, is not an option,” Hikind said. “If we wanted another term of President Obama, we would push to change the constitution, and have a third term of Obama rather than an Obama replica. I was hoping that Trump could show me he could act presidential, but nothing that has transpired over the past six months led me to believe he could. From mocking a physically disabled reporter to degrading women based on their appearance, I simply cannot support nor condone that type of behavior. As far as I’m concerned, I believe both candidates have disqualified themselves.”
Hikind, distraught over both Republican and Democratic candidates, went on to suggest how painful it would be for him to have to pick between what many are calling the “lesser of two evils.” Instead, Hikind vowed to write in Paul Ryan’s name at the voter’s booth on Election Day based on morals and principle.
“Paul Ryan is a man of courage, integrity and possesses the necessary values we look for in a presidential candidate,” he said. “Paul Ryan stands for principles that are parallel to my own and is a staunch supporter of a stronger American-Israeli relationship.
“Speaker Ryan is as class-personified as it gets,” Hikind continued. “On Election Day, I will follow my conscious and vote for Paul Ryan—someone who I believe would be a great president. It is unfortunate that America, as great as it is, is left with repugnant candidates that are highly unfavorable. Even still, I encourage everyone to uphold their civic duty and vote your conscious.”