DeSantis Will Not Commit To Supporting Trump

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) appeared to hedge this week when he was asked whether or not he would support former President Donald Trump if the latter received the 2024 Republican nomination.

 “Regardless of his attacks, will you 100 percent pledge to support Trump as a GOP nominee?” a reporter asked DeSantis Thursday.

The governor responded by criticizing Trump. He cited recent comments by the former president “saying that Cuomo did better on COVID than Florida did, you are revealing yourself to just be full of it.” 

“Nobody believes that,” he said. 

“Now, all of a sudden, his tune is changing,” DeSantis said. “And I would just tell people, do you find it credible? Do you honestly find it credible?”

The governor asked whether or not someone would have rather been in New York or in the “free state of Florida” during the pandemic. 

“And he’s saying things that are false, and so that’s fine if you want to do it,” DeSantis said. “I don’t think people are going to buy it.”

Ultimately, the Florida governor said that he did not “think it’s going to ultimately matter in the end. I think we’re going to be successful, but at the same time, you know, you gotta get into these processes. It’s like, I want to beat Biden.”

Furthermore, DeSantis referenced Trump’s previous praise of Florida’s efforts during the pandemic. 

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The comments come as the Republican National Committee (RNC) is mandating that all candidates participating in its events promise to support the party’s nominee in 2024. 

Furthermore, DeSantis’ statement also follows a number of arguments by the former president to paint him as disloyal and to take credit for the governor’s political standing.

The Florida governor and the former president each have events planned in New Hampshire next week about 40 miles apart. 

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DeSantis plans to hold a town hall meeting in Hollis while Trump will be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women’s annual Lilac Luncheon event. Both events will take place on Tuesday.