Governor Ron DeSantis Gives Unprecedented Endorsement to Trump Following Heated Primary


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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2024 Presidential ambitions have come to an end. On Sunday, he suspended his campaign and issued an at-times backhanded, though strong endorsement of Donald Trump. On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, no less, which takes place on Tuesday.

Related: Sorry DeSantis: Both Florida Senators Have Endorsed Trump After Marco Rubio Makes Announcement

DeSantis Out

DeSantis said on X, “Now, following our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward.” “If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it,” the governor continued. “But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources. We don’t have a clear path to victory.” “Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign,” DeSantis declared. He acknowledged that Trump, whom he has viciously attacked during the primary, was the clear choice of the majority of Republican voters.

I’ve had disagreements with him, such as on the Coronavirus pandemic, and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent Joe Biden. That is clear.

Then DeSantis got behind his former rival to attack the establishment wing of the party, represented by Nikki Haley: “He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”

DeSantis Went After Trump Before Iowa

DeSantis was surprisingly aggressive with his criticism of Trump througout the campaign, despite understanding that much of Trump’s base was also a natural home for his own.

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