Ron DeSantis says nothing’s changed since GOP candidates vowed to back 2024 nominee

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'I honored the pledge and she's going to have to make a decision about whether she wants to or not.'

Ron DeSantis is weighing in on the end of Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign, suggesting that the former South Carolina Governor should honor her commitment earlier in the 2024 race and endorse Donald Trump for President

“I signed the pledge and you sign the pledge saying that you’re going to not take your ball and go home. And so I honored the pledge and she’s going to have to make a decision about whether she wants to or not. But the idea that somehow circumstances have changed, I think we all knew what we were doing when we did that and you’ve got to make a judgment about whether that’s meaningful to you,” he said on Newsmax Wednesday night.

DeSantis endorsed Trump immediately after leaving the race in January, but Haley has not followed through on her pledge to back the presumptive nominee.

“I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee. But on this question, as she did on so many others, Margaret Thatcher provided some good advice when she said, ‘Never just follow the crap. Always make up your own mind,'” she said, as transcribed by ABC News.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it, who did not support it,” she added. “And I hope he does that. At its best politics is about bringing people into your cause, not turning them away. And our conservative cause badly needs more people.”

DeSantis also offered another withering appraisal of the Haley campaign as not appealing to today’s GOP.

“She had waged a campaign on the idea that you can somehow win the Republican nomination for president by getting the votes of mostly just non Republicans. And that just doesn’t work. And we saw that play out in Iowa and I said at the time that she didn’t have a pathway. So I’m glad we’re all through that process,” DeSantis said.

The Governor, who recently told a friendly questioner he wouldn’t un-suspend his 2024 campaign, again said he had no interest in being Trump’s Vice President during the segment Wednesday night with Eric Bolling.

“I believe I could do more for Florida and the country by remaining Governor than by any other position,” DeSantis said, by way of disclaiming his interest.

It’s not exactly clear Trump World would accept DeSantis as a running mate, based on recent post-campaign history.

During a call with former volunteer delegates last month, DeSantis warned against Trump making a diversity pick for VP, saying he’d “heard that they’re looking more in identity politics.”

“I think that’s a mistake. I think you should just focus on who the best person for the job would be and then do that accordingly.”

DeSantis also trashed Trump’s political team, alluding to people like Susie Wiles as people he had “fired” and found refuge in Trump World only to condemn him, saying their “nonsense” didn’t resonate with voters and that reports of Trump animosity to DeSantis may be exaggerated.

This led Chris LaCivita, another senior advisor to Trump, to claim “chicken fingers and pudding cups” would be the legacy of “sad little man” DeSantis.

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


16 comments

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 6, 2024 at 9:45 pm

    DJT has gotten into Dee’s head: Isn’t it DJT who when he loses, cries and tries to take home the ball (which he doesn’t necessarily own)?

    • Christian Moms Are The Gr00mers

      March 7, 2024 at 5:51 am

      Christian Moms Are Gr00mers

      The campaign ad begins with creepy piano music and scenes from Trump rallies and the Jan. 6 insurrection. “The far right has brought their brand of violent chaos and bigotry into our schools,” a narrator says, before members of the Proud Boys flash on screen.

      Proud Boys—who belong to a male-dominated extremist group—are also pictured at the election night party of Bridget Ziegler, the Florida school board member whose three-way sex scandal has spotlighted the hypocrisy of her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

      • Dont Say FLA

        March 8, 2024 at 8:20 am

        Proud Boys will all be swatted by TS-13 Quezon City.

        And we all know how it goes when the cops kick in the front door of a known gun hoarder.

        You gun hoard will only get you killed. By the local cops. Just the local cops.

        A proud boy doesn’t even rise to the level of ATF agents kicking in the front door.

        It’ll just be the local cops, and in Florida, it’s nearly 50/50 as to whether that cop will be non-white, adding insult to the Proud Boy’s “injury”

  • Tom

    March 7, 2024 at 5:51 am

    Geezus rhonda, you think that clown would support you if you won? Why do you all keep kowtowing to him like a bunch of spineless sycophants? Even Nikki has a bigger pair than you do.

    • Christian Moms Are Dangerous

      March 7, 2024 at 5:52 am

      The campaign ad begins with creepy piano music and scenes from Trump rallies and the Jan. 6 insurrection. “The far right has brought their brand of violent chaos and bigotry into our schools,” a narrator says, before members of the Proud Boys flash on screen.

      Proud Boys—who belong to a male-dominated extremist group—are also pictured at the election night party of Bridget Ziegler, the Florida school board member whose three-way sex scandal has spotlighted the hypocrisy of her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

    • Rob DeSpineless

      March 7, 2024 at 10:20 am

      Ron had his backbone removed at Harvard.

  • Lex

    March 7, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Trump people NEED to make Desantis people feel welcome. There is very little difference between their policies. Desantis turned off his campaign and honored his commitment to support the eventual Republican nominee. Even if Trump people do not like Desantis, the Desantis people need to feel welcome. Desantis doesn’t have an election for a while, Trump has an election in November. Unless Nikki wants to convert to being a Democrat, Nikki needs to endorse Trump ASAP.

    • rick whitaker's

      March 7, 2024 at 6:22 pm

      lex, trump people and desantis people, what’s the difference. they ALL would throw each other under the bus for self-centered reasons. white christian nationalists are just scum, most know they are scum, and others don’t. neither care.

  • MAGA Shame Demotion in US Navy

    March 7, 2024 at 10:19 am

    Former White House physician Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) was quietly demoted by the Navy in July 2022 after a Pentagon inspector general’s report substantiated allegations of “inappropriate conduct” and bullying of staff, according to The Washington Post. Citing a current defense official and a former U.S. official, the Post reports that the previously unreported demotion lowered Jackson to the rank of captain instead of rear admiral. However, he still describes himself as a retired “rear admiral” on his congressional website, and is publicly referred to as such by his Republican allies, including Donald Trump. Jackson has not yet commented on the demotion. A Navy spokesperson was quoted saying the “substantiated allegations” against Jackson—bullying subordinates, “fostering a negative work environment,” and using alcohol inappropriately—“are not in keeping with the standards the Navy requires of its leaders and, as such, the Secretary of the Navy took administrative action in July 2022.”

    SHAME!

    SHAME!

    SHAME!

    • MH/Duuuval

      March 7, 2024 at 10:24 am

      Jackson, like all MAGAs, is immune to shaming. Unless it’s DJT shaking his finger, of course.

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 8, 2024 at 8:16 am

      Navy Rear Admiral is a euphemism, methinks

  • jean solomon

    March 7, 2024 at 11:59 am

    for some strange reason, i always though RON was his own man….even when he showed up in the go-go boots….he just now stated that Trumpf OWNS him..body and soul..oh well, RON….the bromance is alive and well.

    • Dont Say FLA

      March 8, 2024 at 8:15 am

      Little Rhonda always just did whatever he was told by Casey, even when she was intentionally mocking him as with those white boots.

      Trump must have written Casey a check. Hope it doesn’t bounce!

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 8, 2024 at 8:13 am

    Nothing’s changed? Rhonda is not real observant, is he?

    Why do G0P politicians kowtow to Loser Trump? He is a grumpy old racist turd who went to Florida to stay warm till he dies. Why not just let him do that?

    Or keep it up with the Trump nonsense and we voters will put the G0P out of its, and, more importantly, our, misery.

  • The Sound of SInead O'Connor

    March 8, 2024 at 8:30 am

    The RNC is now the T(rump)NC. That’s different.

    The TNC chairperson is one of the Trump boys’ current wife, Ms Lipzntittz.

    Seriously. Ms Lipzntittz. Not Ms Romney anymore. She was like “F this mess. I’m out,” and she quit.

    Honoring a pledge to support the RNC through that degree and direction of change would be like if Captain Von Trapp had stayed committed to his motherland, Austria, and signed up with the new leadership instead of taking his family and the maid for a one-way hike over the Alps.

    You hike over them Alps, Nikki!

  • Nothing's Changed

    March 9, 2024 at 9:52 am

    Nothing’s changed from Ron’s perspective.

    Ron still identifies as the same loser he chose to identify as for campaign purposes, thinking he could win by out loser-ing Trump.

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