A deeply divided America decided on Tuesday which two candidates should face off for the privilege of occupying the nation’s highest office.
Rejecting two far-right, upstart, Cuban-American senators, the Republicans pledged fealty to Donald Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for women, minorities, non-white foreigners and, as he reiterated in his victory speech last night, “disgusting reporters.” And on the Democratic side, voters returned to a pillar of the party, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose hawkish foreign policy, Wall Street ties and establishment backing set her apart from the left-wing senator who stirred millions of Americans to challenge her “inevitable” nomination.
Trump’s victory in Florida was a death knell for Marco Rubio, the junior senator who lost every region of the state except his hometown, Miami. In his speech here, in which he announced the suspension of his campaign, he attributed the failure to his optimism and his unwillingness to peddle “hate.”
“The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party,” he said. “They’re gonna leave us a fractured nation. They’re gonna leave us as a nation where people literally hate each other, because they have different political opinions.”