WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) went all out Thursday in a tirade against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, calling him a "madman" who isn't fit for the White House.
In a series of sharply worded attacks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Jindal called into question Trump's conservative record and urged Republican voters not to nominate a "non-serious, unstable, substance-free narcissist."
"Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He believes in nothing other than himself. He’s not a liberal, he’s not a moderate, and he’s not a conservative. He’s not a Republican, Democrat or independent. He’s not for anything or against anything. Issues and policies and ideals are not important to him. He’s for Donald," Jindal said at the event, which was attended by approximately 20 people.
He went on to call Trump an "egomaniac," a "carnival act," "shallow," "insecure," "weak" and a "madman."
Jindal's attack was likely an attempt at resuscitating his flagging campaign -- a risky strategy given similar but ultimately unsuccessful moves by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Jindal is currently polling at less than 1 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
"We’ve all met people like Trump, and we know that only a very weak and small person needs to constantly tell us how strong and powerful he is," Jindal said.
The Louisiana governor went on to compare Trump to an entertainer who must not be given control of the government or military.
"Just because a lot of people like watching Kim Kardashian, we wouldn't put her in the White House either," he said.
And he followed the lead of famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who on Wednesday questioned Trump's faith, by claiming that the businessman "hasn't ever read the Bible."
"You know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it," he said to laughter.
But Jindal wasn't done. The governor took up Trump's popular campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," and used it against the real estate mogul.
"Nominating Donald Trump is a certain way for us to miss our opportunity to 'Make America Great Again,'" he said. "Summer is over, it’s time to get serious about saving our country. It’s time to send Donald Trump back to reality TV."