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David Jolly then: Donald Trump must withdraw. Now: Boy was I wrong



Few Florida pols were more outspoken in their criticism of Donald Trump than Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who in December called on Trump to withdraw from the race after saying he wanted a temporary ban on all Muslims entering America.

 "His brutal, bullying bigotry runs contrary to the very principles our forefathers fought so hard to defend," Jolly said four months ago.

Then in February, Jolly raised eyebrows when he said he had not decided whether to endorse Trump or Marco Rubio before Florida' primary. He decided to stay neutral.

On Saturday, he addressed fellow Pinellas Republicans as emcee of their Lincoln Day dinner. Jolly said he's a guy who calls it like he sees it, whether the issue is Apple CEO Tim Cook fighting a Justice Department warrant or his comments about Trump.

"And boy did I get that wrong last year," Jolly said of his Trump comments.


"I've not switched positions on Trump. It was a poor attempt at a quip," he clarified today. 

Jolly said he has not decided whether he can or will support Trump in November, but he said he believes strongly the party must follow the will of the Republican voters. If Trump falls short of reaching the 1237 delegates to clinch nomination, "I would hope the resolution was decided by the delegates and not by the RNC or party elders."

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 1:33pm]


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