Ron DeSantis says his ‘bulldog’ defense of Donald Trump earned 2018 endorsement
Ron DeSantis isn't sure what Donald Trump means with a long-standing nickname.

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The biggest endorsement the Governor ever got is still a talking point in 2024.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to discuss the biggest endorsement of his political life: Donald Trump’s in 2018.

On Saturday, the Governor contended that he earned that endorsement by defending the former President when few in Congress were.

“The whole reason he endorsed me in ’18 wasn’t the kindness of his heart. I was a bulldog in there fighting on all this stuff. That’s why he did it.”

“It’s not like he just did me a favor. I mean, like I was in the trenches when he didn’t have a lot of people that were in the trenches for him. And I did it because I wanted him to be successful because it was, it was infringing on his ability to conduct the affairs of state and get things done,” DeSantis said at a Never Back Down super PAC event in Lexington, South Carolina.

The Governor did not discount the impact of Trump’s endorsement, which observers at the time saw as powering him through the Primary and General Elections against Adam Putnam and Andrew Gillum respectively.

However, the remarks continue an ongoing reframing of the endorsement that shook up Florida politics more than six years ago.

During a November 2023 interview on “Fox & Friends,” DeSantis rebutted Donald Trump’s claim that DeSantis in 2018 “did well because (Trump) endorsed him.”

“If his endorsement was so important, why have Republicans been losing so many of these races where he’s endorsed, have fewer Governors than when he got elected President, fewer (U.S.) Senators, fewer U.S. House members,” DeSantis asked rhetorically.

On the PBD Podcast in October, the Governor distanced himself from an ad depicting him as a “pitbull” Trump defender as a naked bid for earned media.

“That’s obviously tongue in cheek. … Of course, it’s a funny video, but here’s the thing about it: When you’re doing these campaigns, you want to get as much free media as possible. So I knew that that would cause the corporate media to light their hair on fire and they did. And so they just kept playing it for me. So we didn’t even have to really pay for the ad.”

DeSantis also said he would have won in 2018 without Trump’s endorsement, which he suggested actually held him back from winning by more than 34,000 votes against Andrew Gillum.

“The test of that is I won by 34,000 with his endorsement. Four years later, he attacked me three days before the election and I won by 1.5 million votes. Trump was a factor in 2018. It didn’t matter what I did, they were going to vote against me. That was, that was the reason they viewed me as that.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


6 comments

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 20, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    And now Dee has another sign that DJT is demented. Imagine, mistaking Nancy Pelosi for Nikki Haley!

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    January 20, 2024 at 8:36 pm

    Good evening America,
    Things are going to become much more politically confusing to avreage Americans as we forge ahead to the ultimate DeSantis Victory.
    Please feel free to bring any questions or concerns to me, Earl Pitts American, for advice on what you should believe and who you should vote for.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • God Bless President Biden

      January 21, 2024 at 8:37 am

      Local troglodyte takes his 7th Place award ⬆️🏆

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 20, 2024 at 9:50 pm

    And, how about Tim Scott clowning on the stage with DJT?

  • God Bless President Biden

    January 21, 2024 at 8:36 am

    Hand herpes 🔴 🔴🔴

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 21, 2024 at 6:49 pm

      Viruses rule.

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