Are Republican lawmakers ready to back Donald Trump?


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Ted Cruz and John Kasich are out and Donald Trump’s path to the nomination is wide open.

Needless to say, this was a big surprise to lots of people within the Republican party, but now that they know who their candidate is, will they unite behind him?

6 News spoke to local lawmakers to hear their stance on Trump and also asked Governor Rick Snyder how he feels about him.

Hillary Clinton has the edge for Democrats over Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump continues to pave his way through the Republican primaries.

“He knows how to interpret the will of the people, he knows how to communicate and I think he’s proven throughout his entire career that he knows how to put deals together,” said Republican State Senator Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake.

Although some Republican lawmakers remain in agreeance with Trump…

“It’s along time until November and I can tell you overwhelmingly people are telling me ‘we don’t want Hillary, we are going to vote for Trump,” Republican State Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge stated.

Others lawmakers…not so much.

“The type of hatred and bigotry that he’s espousing, these are not the values of Michiganders and these are not the values of Americans,” Democratic State Senator David Knezek of Dearborn Heights mentioned.

Some lawmakers admit that regardless of who the candidate is, they will side with their political party.

“I am gonna vote for the Republican and we’ll go from there,” said Republican State Senator Mike Kowall of Oakland County.

“I’m voting for our nominee whoever that is,” Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekof stated.

And for Governor Snyder, he’s remaining neutral.

“National politics are national politics…there are a lot of important things I’m working on here in Michigan. I’m basically sort of staying out of it at this point,” Snyder said.

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