John Hood, prominent conservative pundit, not voting for Trump

A prominent conservative columnist and pundit in North Carolina says he won’t vote for Donald Trump.

John Hood appears frequently on radio and television talk shows. He is president of the John William Pope Foundation, which provides grants to charities and conservative causes. The chairman of the foundation’s board, Republican mega-donor Art Pope, has also refused to support Trump.

“I think Trump is a horrible candidate for the fall election, he’s completely unqualified to be commander-in-chief, and he is a contemptible human being,” Hood told the News and Observer.

Hood wouldn’t say how he would vote in November.

“Trump is a fundamentally different sort of candidate than the others have been, and not in a good way,” he said.

In the wake of Trump-endorsed U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn losing by about 30 percentage points to a fellow Republican incumbent Tuesday, Hood said he fears Trump’s backing won’t offer much support to down-ballot Republicans.

“He causes real problems for GOP candidates on the ballot,” Hood said of the presumptive Republican nominee.

Bryan Anderson: 919-829-8934, @bryanranderson

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