‘It’s not for me to do’: Ron DeSantis won’t call Joe Biden ‘President-elect’
The Donald Trump administration is calling Florida ‘a very dangerous place’ for its COVID-19 spike. Image via AP.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday accepted the election results.

While Republican leaders have begun accepting Joe Biden as the nation’s next President, Gov. Ron DeSantis declined to call him President-elect Tuesday.

“It’s not for me to do,” the Governor said after the day’s Cabinet meeting.

President Donald Trump has continued contesting the election in the courts and from the bully pulpit, but electors met Monday and officially affirmed Biden’s election win. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell broke his silence during a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, becoming the top Republican to accept the election results.

“I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” McConnell said.

But McConnell’s speech came as the Cabinet meeting was already underway.

“I think a lot of the frustration for folks that supported the President was we were four years with people not accepting him,” DeSantis said. “I mean Hillary (Clinton,) the last week of the election, was saying (Vladimir) Putin stole it, and I just think that that’s left a lot of people really frustrated with how it’s going to go.”

On Monday, Florida’s 29 electors cast their votes for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The Republican ticket won Florida with more than 371,686 votes.

Across the country, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris secured 306 electoral votes while Trump and Pence had 232 electoral votes.

“All I will say though is we’re really proud of what we did in Florida,” DeSantis said. “As a Republican, I obviously want Republicans to get elected, but I could tell you, how transparent it was, how efficient it was. The results in any of these races, no one would have been able to say anything about it because of the way it was conducted.”

No suit filed by the President or his supporters have revealed a meaningful shift in the election results, and DeSantis recognized those losses thus far.

“He is very much frustrated with everything,” he said of Trump. “I don’t think it’s an act. I think it’s really something there.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


8 comments

  • DeSycophantis Has To Go!

    December 15, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    DeSantis is just another moronic Trump asswipe – who thinks that, somehow, Trump is going to do something BIG for them down the road! DeSantis must have been Yales’ and Harvard’s token redneck when he was a student there – because there’s no chance he got into those schools on his own intellectual excellence! The triumvirate of Florida douchebags – DeSantis, Scott, and Rubio! PPpffttt!

  • S B ANTHONY

    December 15, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    DeSantis is a boot licking man-child who’s got his head up trump’s ass.

    He has to get thrown out with the garbage in ’22 just like trump was just dumped.

  • Palmer Tom

    December 15, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    He is a disappointing political hack.

  • Ocean Joe

    December 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    When Trump goes to the golf course, if he sees his shadow it means there are 35 more days to be president.

  • SiouxB

    December 15, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    DeSantis is an absolute moron and Trump sycophant. Scott, Rubio and Gaetz are the worst of the worst. Florida is no longer a place where I wish to live unless there is a reckoning in Tallahassee next election cycle.

  • Frankie M.

    December 15, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    It is not for DeSantis to recognize our governmental procedures & institutions. Probably learned that commie stuff at that hippy dippy liberal bastion of education Yale. Reporter would’ve been better off asking DeSantis if he recognized Donald J. Trump as his personal Lord & Savior.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 16, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Trump was elected by and with Russia interference! You, too,Mast! Trump is a traitor! Duffus Desantis you are a damn ass kissing goptrump death cult sociopath for Trump! Get out Desantis ! Fing willingly slaughtering Floridians for Trump bs herd immunity! Palm Beach County don’t let the loser Trump use you for his ground zero bs!

  • Cynthia Doyle

    December 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Look at DeSantis’ hands forming a heart o show what a great bromance he has with Trump.

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