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‘I love it’: Rick Scott congratulates Donald Trump, blasts ‘clueless’ elites

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Gov. Rick Scott took to social media Wednesday to praise Republican president-elect Donald Trump for his decisive victory.

The Florida governor said in a tweet: “Congrats to my friend @realDonaldTrump, our next president! Had a smooth election in FL. Look forward to having a partner in the White House.”

Scott has served since July as national chair of Rebuilding America Now, the super PAC dedicated to electing Trump as president.

Scott also took to Facebook with a more detailed statement, blasting “elites” for getting Trump’s candidacy so wrong:

“The pundits and the so-called “smart” people inside the beltway had already written the obituary of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. They said they were dead and gone … they did the same thing to me in 2010. I was the outsider. The Republican Party didn’t support me, and they spent a lot of money against me – and I won anyways because Floridians wanted a change. The same was true for Americans this year.

“I was honored to Chair the Rebuilding America Now PAC for Trump. We spent $20 million on TV ads for Donald Trump all across the country – we focused on PA, OH, WI, NC … and I have long said that Trump would have a big win in Florida.

“It turns out that the elites in Washington have no idea what is going on in this country. They are completely clueless. They are in complete shock right now. I love it.

“Donald Trump harnessed the passion of Americans for turning Washington upside down and starting over! I hope that is what he does now. He will have a lot of work to do. But, that’s exactly what Americans are demanding.”

Trump’s surprising win flew in the face of consistent polling showing Democrat Hillary Clinton with what the New York Times called a “modest but consistent edge” throughout a frequently contentious 2016 campaign. The New York billionaire netted 276 electoral votes, compared to Clinton’s 218.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Trump told supporters early Wednesday, just after receiving Clinton’s concession.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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