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Florida House Speaker does 180 on Donald Trump assessment



Back January 2016, incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Jeb Bush supporter, made clear his contempt for then-Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

"What birthed the phenomenon of a candidate who in all definition of the word is running a quasi-repugnant campaign that is baseless? You have a candidate who has flip-flopped on every issue,'' the Land O'Lakes Republican told a Florida Chamber of Commerce gathering. . 

"I ask people why are you supporting Donald Trump? You tell me whatever issue it is and I'll send you an issue of Donald Trump on the complete other side of that issue," Corcoran said at the time. "You have a guy who has offended every other possible group known to mankind. He's insulted and offended women, Mexicans, Jewish people, disabled people, people in Middle America. I don't know who he hasn't offended and somehow that's okay?"

Today, less than two weeks into the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump, Corcoran sees things very differently: "I'd give him an A-plus," he said Tuesday, following his remarks to Associated Press members in Tallahassee.

"If you would have told me two years ago that these are Donald Trump's appointments, that this is his first swath or executive order overrides or reissuances, I could not be more pleased," Speaker Corcoran said.

"I think his selections have been terrific. They're people that have understanding of the process, I think they're true conservatives, and I think they bring a fresh look at all those policies from everything from regulatory to education to even in the intelligence area...My hunch is I will be ecstatic with his first Supreme Court nominee."

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:11pm]


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