Ron DeSantis says Rick Scott endorsement of Donald Trump is … – Florida Politics
Florida’s current Governor isn’t thrilled by his predecessor backing Donald Trump for President.
During an interview, Ron DeSantis ripped Rick Scott for declaring the presidential race effectively over on the Republican side before the first Primary votes are in, suggesting moves like that are intended to subvert the will of voters.
“I must have missed where those voters have actually voted yet. Isn’t it odd that we haven’t had one contest? And there’s people that are having a rush to try to short circuit the people’s voice,” DeSantis said on Fox News’ “America Reports.”
While DeSantis says the “people haven’t been able to speak,” Scott contends that the time has come for the GOP to unite around the former President, a front-runner in all polls of the Republican Primary field.
“I support my friend President Donald J. Trump to be the 47th president of the United States and encourage every Republican to unite behind his efforts to win back the White House. It’s time for the Republican Party to come together, behind one candidate, and declare with one voice that we are united in our efforts to defeat Joe Biden and rescue America,” Scott wrote in Newsweek Thursday.
Scott offered qualified praise of the rest of the field, noting “every single one of them would be a better president than Joe Biden.”
“But Republican voters are making their voices heard loud and clear. They want to return to the leadership of Donald Trump,” the Senator added.
Scott said he would “never demand or even ask that another candidate drop out of a political contest. That’s a decision for every candidate to make for themselves.” Yet he believes “the stakes are too high” not to back Trump now.
Despite the meaningful if unsurprising endorsement, given the strained relationship historically between Scott and DeSantis, the current Governor’s presidential campaign said Thursday isn’t too shaken up by his predecessor backing Trump.
“Ron DeSantis has more endorsements from state legislators than the former president in Iowa (41), New Hampshire (63), and South Carolina (16). He also has the support of almost all Florida elected officials because he worked with them to deliver historic results for the conservative movement,” said Communications Director Andrew Romeo.
“The governor will win his home state because Floridians want to see a fighter who will bring the same type of results-oriented leadership to Washington that he has provided in the Sunshine State.”
However, what’s clear is Scott’s endorsement looms over the state party’s Freedom Summit on Saturday in Orlando, an event that Trump will keynote while DeSantis is relegated to an after-lunch speaking slot.
A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski
November 3, 2023 at 4:08 pm
Remember when the two of these guys barely got elected together? So close there were mandatory recounts for both. They stood together making unfounded rants about voter fraud in blue counties.
And now they formally part ways.
Desantis takes the edge over the king of scoundrels.
November 3, 2023 at 5:01 pm
“I must have missed where those voters have actually voted yet. Isn’t it odd that we haven’t had one contest? And there’s people that are having a rush to try to short circuit the people’s voice,” says the guy who successfully affected numerous local school board election — including two in Duval.
November 3, 2023 at 5:27 pm
Earl Pitts American is at the pizza place picking up an all critical to national security pizza order and will weigh in on this breaking news after pizza and copious amounts of brewskies.
Earl’s hot assistant pole dancer Rolex.
November 3, 2023 at 6:27 pm
OK America, sorry I had to give the phone to my volunteer intern Rolex but it’s been a rough week and the pizza and brewskies were great. The pole dancer thing? Oh yeah right …. she’s just a great jokester ya know …. lets all just ignore that and not speak of it ever again.
All-Righty Now …. where were we????
Oh yeah the Rick Scott thing.
I’ve not got a clue other than maybe Rick’s been confined to his basement for about 2 months and has not a clue about where the race for The White House is going. Honestly America Trump does not really want or appriciate Rick’s endorsement as its just akward now that Trump is about to withdraw and give his base to Desantis.
*I know thats not the answer you were asking about when asked “WTF’s up with Rick Scott???*
*again America I would be greatfull if everyone will forgive me from needing Pizza & brewskie sustanance so badly that I got Rolex to post for me. And hopefully everyone understands that we will just sweep my assistants perfect assistance she provides me under the carpet to never be spoken of again.*
Thank you America,
November 3, 2023 at 5:54 pm
You must have missed where this wasn’t a free country and people can say and endorse what they want and you’ve been running for months and have many reboots and chances to turn things around and things are only getting worse and worse. Get a clue.
November 3, 2023 at 5:58 pm
We don’t want you. Do the math.
November 3, 2023 at 6:08 pm
How did Florida end up with these two losers? But I will agree with Scott on this: DeSantis is toast – it’s all over for him, thank goodness. He’s just too arrogant to see the writing on the wall.
November 3, 2023 at 6:55 pm
DeSantis is toast
He thinks he is the visage of Jesus burned into the toast.
November 3, 2023 at 9:44 pm
Florida government is stacked with “not the best people!”
November 4, 2023 at 12:08 am
GOP hard-right activists arè openly describing plans to fire up to 40,000 federal civil service employees in decision-màking positions and replacing them with stooges.
They are doing preliminary recruiting.
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