Gov. Scott on Trump protests: "It's important that people express their views"

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 07:33:09-05

When hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to march for civil rights - and against newly-elected President Donald Trump - other smaller protests took place across the country, including one in Naples.

"Women...have been quiet and passive too long," said Nancy Gold, who took part in the organized march that ended in Cambier Park Saturday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has known Donald Trump for 20 years, said Monday that he supports the rights of peaceful protesters.

"I think it's important that people express their views," Scott said. "I mean that's what's great about our country. Now you've got to do it in a non-violent manner, but I think it's exciting that people have the opportunity to go let people know what they believe."

While President Trump has said that he wants to do away with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, many of the pro-choice protesters are just as concerned over possible funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and Medicare.

"Nobody has the right to tell a woman what to do with her body," a protester named Judith said Saturday.

"I hope he (Trump) doesn't de-fund Medicare," Gold said.

Scott said that he believes the new president will come up with a new health care plan that will benefit more Americans.

"I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to repeal and replace Obamacare, make it a healthier system that people can afford," Scott said. "You pay for it, you can afford it."

Senator Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, plans to introduce a replacement health care plan that includes health savings accounts, funded by tax credits, that people would be able to use for health care costs.