Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, the leader of the GOP nationally and here in Florida. Republican Senate hopefuls Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Representative David Jolly remain “undecided” about their support for Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President. On the other hand, Republican Carlos Beruff, another Senate hopeful, is a fervent Donald Trump supporter.
Unless Jolly and Lopez-Cantera now grow backbones and follow the lead of fellow Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo, declaring unequivocally that they will not vote for Donald Trump, then Lopez-Cantera and Jolly remain #WithTrump.
But regardless of their endorsement of Donald Trump, Floridians already know Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera, Rep. Jolly, and Carlos Beruff support the Trump agenda on immigration. Governor Lopez-Cantera has been outspoken about his support for a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, much like the one that Donald Trump is currently proposing. He opposes DAPA and DACA, the policy that offers a modest step forward for young immigrants and parents of U.S. citizens. Lopez-Cantera has shown that he is an opportunist, supporting and opposing immigrant policies when it is politically convenient to him.
“For immigration policy and a wide array of issues, electing Trump to the presidency would be a disaster for both the United States and Florida. Trump has unleashed a new level of hate in America that threatens the very fabric of our society,” said Juan Escalante, Director of Florida’s Voice. “Republicans like Carlos Lopez-Cantera and David Jolly are with Donald Trump until they pledge to not support his candidacy. Carlos Beruff is a Donald Trump loyalist, there is no doubt about that. These are not the kinds of ‘leaders’ that Florida needs.”