Without even getting asked, Gov. Rick Scott explained Monday how he felt about the controversy swirling about one of his top legislative allies, Sen. Jack Latvala.
"When they're in the workplace, I would be horrified if (his wife or two daughters) were treated improperly," Scott said. "It's disgusting if anybody does that. You know, there's an independent investigation and we need to follow that and find out the real facts of what actually happened."
Scott added: "If anybody has done anything wrong, they need to be out of office. There should be no corruption in politics. We should expect all of our elected officials to be of the highest standards in our society."
That Scott volunteered this strong reaction about six anonymous allegations reported by Politico Florida contrasts with how he responded last year to the leaked Access Hollywood tape from 2005 that recorded Trump on a hot mic.
In his own words, Trump said the following:
"I did try and f— her. She was married."
"I moved on her like a b—-, but I couldn't get there. And she was married."
"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."
"And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-."
When asked at the time, Scott said he wasn't following politics closely (while it was the home stretch of one of the most dramatic presidential contests in U.S. history, it was also as Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on Florida). Scott, the chair of a Trump super PAC, said in a statement, "I don't agree with anyone talking like this about anyone, ever."
What matters most is what he did next. He continued to support Trump. He continues to do so today. And he repeatedly shows off this support.
Here he is with Trump more than a month later.