Count Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards among the people who remain surprised by billionaire Donald Trump’s status as the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
“It’s hard for me to believe that’s the best we can do,” said Edwards, a Democrat, on Thursday, when asked his reaction to the latest development in GOP presidential politics. He didn’t elaborate.
Edwards previously has said he voted for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary in Louisiana.
Earlier this week, Trump’s remaining Republican rivals dropped out of the race, giving Trump an apparent lock on the GOP nomination. Clinton continues to face a challenge from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.
Since Trump officially became the last Republican standing, several prominent Republicans — including those from Louisiana -- have offered praise to the often controversial political figure.
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal — Edwards’ immediate predecessor and a former candidate for president himself — has said he’ll reluctantly back Trump now.
“I’m not happy about it. I don’t think he’s the best qualified, I don’t think he’s the one most likely to be successful, but I would vote for him over Hillary Clinton,” Jindal said.
Louisiana’s Republican congressional delegation released a joint statement with the state Republican party in support of Trump.