Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) endorsed Donald Trump in a Facebook post Wednesday, urging Republicans to “respect the will of the voters” and get behind Trump’s candidacy.
The post came a day after Trump earned a resounding victory in the Republican Florida primary, taking all 99 delegates and knocking Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) out of the race. ABC reports:
Scott, 63, called on Republicans to “come together” in a Facebook post today. “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,” he wrote.
The Florida governor said voters spoke clearly in last night’s contest. “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,” Scott continued.
“They want a businessman outsider who will dramatically shake up the status quo in Washington,” he added, referring to the GOP front-runner, who won four out of five primaries Tuesday night.
With his endorsement today, Scott follows in the footsteps of Attorney General Pam Bondi, who endorsed Trump Monday, saying: “We live in a changing world, and we need leadership. We need someone who is unafraid to lead and restore America to its greatness.”
Scott had an uncomfortable moment last week regarding the GOP frontrunner, when he was repeatedly asked by MSNBC’s Morning Joe whether he agreed with Trump’s belief that Muslims hate America. Scott kept dodging the question, and host Mika Brzezinski cut the interview off early and assailed him after the break for his “pathetic” responses.
Scott has served as Florida governor since 2011. He was re-elected in 2014 with a narrow victory over former governor Charlie Crist.