By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday, March 1, Alabama Republican voters went to the polls and gave New York City billionaire businessman and reality television star Donald Trump an overwhelming victory. On Wednesday, May 4, Trump’s last remaining Republican rival, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) suspended his campaign. Donald Trump has won more votes in Republican primaries and caucuses than any other GOP Presidential candidate in the history of the United States and there are still eight states left to vote including California, the nation’s most populous state. Kasich followed US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who suspended his campaign on Tuesday after Indiana gave Trump his seventh victory in a row.
Prominent Trump campaign leader and Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee member Perry Hooper Jr is now calling for all Republicans to unite to elect Donald Trump President.
Former State Representative Hooper said in a statement, “As a patriot and a man who loves his country, I call on all Republicans and all Americans to unify with presumptive Republican nominee Donald J Trump and move our country forward. We must heal our disagreements and unite to defeat Hillary Clinton. There is simply too much at stake for us to fail to come together. I also commend Ted Cruz for stepping aside knowing it was the right thing to do for our party and our nation.”
Hooper continued, “I call on my friends “establishment leaders” Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Ed Rogers, Ron Kaufman, Governor Haley Barbour, Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham and others to provide their much need leadership in this effort. If they sit this one out I am afraid we will have what Hillary promises; four more years of Obama’s vision for America.”
Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said on social media, “And the day sees Gov. John Kasich suspending his campaign. We are thankful of his service to our nation. Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee and we will win in November. Can’t wait to see him debate Hillary-you know that’s going to be uuuggggeeee.”
Hooper said, “Donald Trump gets it. Under his leadership we will roll back Obamacare, pass meaning immigration reform, rebuild our military, take care of our vets and end the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Most importantly, he will put America first. Sacrifices of generations of Americans have made this country the greatest in the world. Four years of Hillary would bring it all tumbling down.”
Donald Trump still needs to get to 1237 pledged delegates before Cleveland to avoid any kind of surprise at the convention. To this point he has 1041 delegates.