Earlier this week, Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly made national news by calling on Donald Trump to leave the Republican presidential race, after the real estate mogul’s controversial comments about temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S.
“I rise today to call on Donald trump to withdraw his candidacy for the White House,” Jolly said on the House floor Tuesday morning.
Those sentiments weren’t mentioned today, however, as the Jolly Senate campaign is boasting that Trump is backing a bill Jolly is sponsoring in the House of Representatives that would mandate stiffer penalties on people convicted of killing police officers.
In a campaign appearance in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday night, Trump said that as president, he would call for the death penalty for any person who kills a cop.
Those presidential candidates apparently include those who you’d prefer weren’t in the race.
Sarah Bascom, a spokesperson for the Jolly campaign, pushes back on the idea that it’s incongruous to be highlighting Trump’s support for the Thin Blue Line Act.
“It’s politically intriguing,” she says. “Trump touts support of an issue that Congressman Jolly has been leading on since February, only days after the congressman’s criticisms of Mr. Trump. That is the point.”
Jolly is competing for the GOP nomination for Senate in 2016 in Florida.