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Rick Scott Endorses Trump, Calls Out GOP Establishment

| by Sean Kelly
Republican Gov. Rick Scott of FloridaRepublican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida

Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida officially endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump for president.

In a March 16 Facebook post, Scott called on fellow Republicans to "come together" and support the business mogul:

I’m asking all Republicans today to come together and begin preparing to win the general election in November.

With his victories yesterday, I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.

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This has been a hard fought primary, with an outstanding roster of excellent candidates, including two of Florida’s favorite sons, and several Republican Governors who are close friends of mine.

But the voters are speaking clearly – they want a businessman outsider who will dramatically shake up the status quo in Washington.

When I first ran for Governor the political class and party leaders opposed me with great vigor, and some even said if I won the primary they would never vote for me. But the voters had other ideas, and they are the only ones who count.

Here’s what really matters – we have to elect a Republican in the fall in order to grow jobs, rebuild our military, and put a person who respects the Constitution on the Supreme Court.

This is the stuff that truly matters.

If we spend another four months tearing each other apart, we will damage our ability to win in November. It’s time for an end to the Republican on Republican violence. It’s time for us to begin coming together, we’ve had a vigorous primary, now let’s get serious about winning in November.

Scott's endorsement garnered mixed reaction from his own supporters, with many expressing their disappointment by his choice of candidate.

"You just lost any respect I had for you, Gov. Scott," Sue Peck wrote. "I believe you are a good governor for our state, but Mr. Trump is not what I want to represent me as a citizen of the US. I am just as frustrated with Washington as anyone else, but Mr. Trump is not the answer. He is arrogant and crude, and not a conservative on the issues that matter to me most. Please reconsider your support of him."

"Now we know exactly why you didn't support Marco Rubio," Sherron Lebo wrote. "You were always going to support DT. I have lost respect for you. ... You sir are a traitor to the Republican Party."

Some, however, respected Scott's decision and threw their support behind Trump.

"Thank you Governor Scott , those are the words we need coming from a very successful businessman and Governor," Everett Houghton wrote. "Yes we need to come together and back the people's choice Mr Trump."

Scott previously praised Trump in a piece written for USA Today in January, saying the front-runner was "capturing the frustration of many Americans after seven years of President Obama’s very intentional government takeover of the U.S. economy."

Sources: Rick Scott/Facebook, USA Today / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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