, a venture capitalist and author of "Hillbilly Elegy
," went full Trump
toady on Fox News
on Monday, walking back his previous criticism of the former president
Vance, who is running for the Republican Senate
nomination in Ohio
, apologized for calling Trump "reprehensible" in now-deleted tweets from the 2016 presidential campaign, as well as for calling Trump "noxious" and warning that he was "leading the white working class to a very dark place."
“Like a lot of people
, I criticized Trump back in 2016,” Vance said on Fox News on Monday, according to Mediaite. “And I ask folks not to judge
me based on what I said in 2016, because I’ve been very open that I did say those critical things and I regret them, and I regret being wrong about the guy.”
“I think he was a good president, I think he made a lot of good decisions for people, and I think he took a lot of flak,” the author said of the one-term, twice-impeached president.
“The most important thing,” Vance continued, “is whether you’re willing to stand up and take the heat and the hits for actually defending the interests of the American people, because that’s what this business
should be about.”
Vance announced his candidacy last Thursday, and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel is said to be supporting him with $10 million.
Former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Republican Party
Chair Jane Timken, and business executives Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons are also running.