DeSantis Drops Out, Endorses Trump
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has officially suspended his 2024 presidential campaign and endorsed his rival, former president and current GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump.
DeSantis has remained in second place for the majority of his campaign, although some outlier polls have shown former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) inching ahead of him in some states. However, even in second place, DeSantis was far behind Trump.
His announcement came on Sunday, just two days before Tuesday’s New Hampshire GOP primary.
“Citizens do not serve politicians. It is the duty of politicians to serve you. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words,” DeSantis said in a video posted to X, formerly known as Twitter. “Reversing the decline of this nation requires leadership that delivers big results for the people we are elected to serve. I have a record of leading with conviction, championing an agenda marked by bold colors, delivering on my promises, and defeating the people who are responsible for our nation’s decline. That is the type of leadership we need for all of America.”
DeSantis then explained that he and his wife, Casey DeSantis, had prayed about what they should do after the Iowa Caucuses — where he finished a distant second with 21% of the vote compared to Trump’s 51%.
“If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it,” he said. “But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign. I’m proud to have delivered on 100% of my promises, and I will not stop now.”
DeSantis, who has spent the majority of his presidential campaign attacking Trump despite previously being allies, went on to endorse Trump — explaining that it was clear that a majority of GOP primary voters wanted the former president to have a second term.
“They watch his presidency gets stymied by relentless resistance, and they see Democrats using lawfare to this day to attack him,” he said. “While I’ve had disagreements with Donald Trump, such as on the coronavirus pandemic and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent Joe Biden. That is clear. I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and I will honor that pledge. He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican Guard of yesteryear, a repackage formed have warmed over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”
The Florida governor shared the video clip on X along with a quote from Winston Churchill, which read: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill pic.twitter.com/ECoR8YeiMm
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 21, 2024
Trump’s team responded to the news in a post on X, stating that they are “honored by the endorsement” and calling on the rest of the Republican Party to unite behind Trump to defeat President Joe Biden and Haley.
“With only a few days left until President Donald J. Trump’s victory in New Hampshire, we are honored by the endorsement from Governor Ron DeSantis and so many other former presidential candidates,” the post read. “It is now time for all Republicans to rally behind President Trump to defeat Crooked Joe Biden and end his disastrous presidency. Nikki Haley is the candidate of the globalists and Democrats who will do everything to stop the America First movement. From higher taxes, to decimating Social Security and Medicare, and to open borders, she represents the views of Democrats more than the views of Republicans. It’s time to choose wisely.”
With only a few days left until President Donald J. Trump’s victory in New Hampshire, we are honored by the endorsement from Governor Ron DeSantis and so many other former presidential candidates. It is now time for all Republicans to rally behind President Trump to defeat…
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) January 21, 2024