MARION — Conceding that “talking about Donald Trump is the gold standard for making news these days,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal threatened to throw random mentions of the entrepreneur into his remarks Monday at a Marion town hall meeting.
The real story, however, is not Trump, who is leading the Republican presidential nomination polls in Iowa and nationally, but the “soap opera happening on the Democratic side,” rival GOP presidential candidate Jindal told about 200 people at Prairie Oak Lodge at Squaw Creek Park.
The FBI is investigating the security of the private email account used by the candidate leading the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, while she served as secretary of state.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist, “which, by the way, means he is more honest than the candidate in first place,” Jindal said.
Former Gov. Martin O’Malley apologized for saying “all lives matter” and claims ISIS was caused by global warming, Jindal continued. And former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chaffee called for a conversion to the metric system when he announced for president.
“And I haven’t even gotten to Joe Biden yet,” Jindal said. He hopes the vice president runs “just for pure entertainment value.”
Even with Trump in the campaign, Jindal said that “compared to the dysfunction and soap opera that is the Democratic Party, we are doing just fine.”
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However, Jindal warned, America is not doing as well. Time is running out for the nation to correct its course, he said.
“The hour is late for America,” he said. If people don’t act to change the course of the nation “America may go over the cliff … may go so far that it is impossible to come back.”
He warned that if Clinton is elected — which he called the re-election of President Barack Obama — “this country is done. We will be the next Greece and nobody will be able to rescue us.”
Then, he ended on an upbeat note.
“Our best days still ahead. This still is the greatest country,” Jindal said. “It’s up to us to make sure it remains that way. We can, we must, we will get our country back.”