Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the rest of the Republican establishment to just stop all the nonsense and accept the fact that Donald Trump will be the party's official presidential nominee come this summer. In a Facebook post, the governor called for an official end to the "Stop Trump" movement. It mirrored his call a month ago for Republicans to rally around Trump, in a Facebook post that some took as an endorsement.
"It is time for the ‘Stop Trump’ movement to end," Scott writes. "Yesterday’s election results show that the anti-Trump efforts didn’t work."
Scott has long demurred from heaping significant praise on Trump (the two have had some Twitter spats in the past) and instead speaks of the desire of the voters who support him.
"The Republican leaders in Washington did not choose him, but the Republican voters across America did choose him," he writes. "The voters have spoken."
The "Stop Trump" or "#NeverTrump" movement basically amounts to some establishment Republicans and sympathetic donors gathering resources to run attack ads against Trump. The idea is that they can still deny Trump the presidential nomination by making sure he comes up just short of the number of delegates needed to officially clinch it. It's a convoluted plan, but one that at least looked possible earlier in the election cycle.
After his sweep of five states last night, that is looking less likely. Sure, Trump still hasn't reached the magic number of 1,237 delegates. He currently sits at 954. But he'd need less than half the remaining 616 available to win.
“As far as I am concerned, it’s over," Trump said last night. "I consider myself the presumptive nominee – absolutely.”
According to Politico, some top Republican insiders are resigning themselves to that likelihood as well.
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Scott is simply trying to urge them along.
"We’ve had an extensive debate amongst ourselves. It is now time to get serious about winning in November," Scott concluded. "This was a
Notably, Scott didn't directly call on either Ted Cruz or John Kasich to officially drop out. But the message may read that way to some.