On January 21st, a significant announcement was made by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He declared his support for former President Donald Trump in the Republican Party’s presidential contest, effectively ending his own candidacy for president. This decision came after DeSantis suffered a loss in the party’s first primary in the state of Iowa on January 15th. Despite finishing second, DeSantis was considerably behind Trump, with a 30-point lead still separating them.
Many Republicans had viewed DeSantis as a strong contender to challenge Trump in the 2020 Republican primary, especially after his successful re-election as Florida governor in 2022. However, the overwhelming support for Trump among Republican primary voters made it clear that DeSantis had a challenging path to victory. In a video released on his social media channels, DeSantis acknowledged this lack of a clear path and stated, “The lack of a clear path to victory makes it impossible for me to ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources. As a result, I am suspending my campaign today.”
DeSantis expressed his admiration for Trump despite their disagreements on certain issues, such as the coronavirus epidemic and Trump’s treatment of Anthony Fauci. He still believed Trump was a better choice than the incumbent President Joe Biden. In an interview on Fox News, Trump expressed his gratitude towards DeSantis, calling his decision to back him a “very honored” gesture. Trump also stated that he looked forward to working with DeSantis to defeat Biden, whom he described as “the worst and most corrupt president in our country’s history.”
During his withdrawal announcement, DeSantis mentioned Nikki Haley, a former US ambassador to the UN, as another Republican primary opponent. He vowed to support the Republican candidate and expressed his concerns about Haley’s approach, referring to it as “repackaged corporatism.” With DeSantis stepping aside, Haley now becomes the primary Republican opponent for Trump. She acknowledged this news at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, praising DeSantis for his race and expressing her wishes for his future endeavors.
Ron DeSantis, at the age of 45, has dedicated a significant portion of his career to government and public service. He started his journey as a Navy commander during his time as a law student at Harvard. After that, he briefly served as an assistant US attorney in Florida before being elected to the state’s House of Representatives in 2012. However, it was his bid for the Republican candidacy for governor of Florida in 2018 that brought him into the national spotlight. Despite being relatively unknown, DeSantis aligned himself closely with then-President Trump and won a narrow victory.
However, DeSantis’s decision to run against Trump for president has been regarded by his old boss as an act of betrayal. Trump has claimed victory against DeSantis and accused him of disloyalty. Nevertheless, DeSantis managed to secure his re-election as Florida governor in 2022, winning by a margin of over 20%.
In conclusion, Ron DeSantis, the former governor of Florida, has withdrawn from the race for president and pledged his support to Donald Trump. Despite finishing 30 points behind Trump in the Iowa caucuses, DeSantis recognized the overwhelming support for the former president among Republican primary voters. He expressed his admiration for Trump, even though they had disagreements on certain matters, and stated his belief that Trump was a better choice than the incumbent President Joe Biden. DeSantis also acknowledged Nikki Haley as his primary Republican opponent and vowed to support the eventual Republican candidate. With his decision to back Trump, DeSantis has ended his own bid for the presidency.