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Some prominent Florida Republicans proudly stand by Trump



While some Florida Republicans are keeping their distance from Donald Trump in the wake of lewd comments about women leaked in a video last week, others were more than happy to stand alongside the presidential nominee at his Ocala rally Wednesday.

“Is this election about what’s said in a locker room?” said Rep. Ted Yoho. “This election is about the survival of the constitutional republic we call the United States of America.”

(It’s worth noting that Trump’s comments about groping women were not made in a locker room but rather were caught on a video recording when Trump was wearing a microphone during a 2005 TV appearance.)

Alongside Yoho, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster called out that the country was “spiraling down.”

So were: 

Joe Gruters, Florida co-chair for Trump and a candidate for the state House
State Rep. Dennis Baxley, recently elected to the Florida Senate
Ralph Massullo, recently elected to the Florida House
Stan McClain, a House candidate

Some Republicans have been less supportive of Trump in the wake of such comments.

On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio said he still plans to vote for Trump but said he disapproves of his comments. Rubio has not appeared with Trump, who he competed with in the presidential primary.

Gov. Rick Scott, who chairs a pro-Trump super PAC was scheduled to be in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon. He has not ended his endorsement of Trump but this weekend called his remarks in the leaked video “pretty disgusting.”

Notably, Attorney General Pam Bondi was absent Wednesday, as she has been from other recent Trump events, ever since recent news reports fanned the flames on a $25,000 contribution Trump made to her reelection around the time other states were going after his for-profit college. Florida never opened an investigation into Trump University.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:26pm]


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