Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a dedicated conservative and one of the last contenders against the proven leadership of former President Donald Trump, made the statesmanlike decision to step aside before the New Hampshire primary and wholeheartedly endorse Trump.
DeSantis, in a video released from Florida, voiced his unwavering support for Trump over the remaining challenger, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Despite nuanced policy differences, DeSantis holds the firm belief that Trump stands as a superior choice compared to Haley and is unquestionably better suited than Democrat President Joe Biden.
“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
Reflecting on his commendable second-place finish in Iowa, where he outpaced Haley but fell behind the indomitable Trump, DeSantis and his team engaged in thoughtful deliberation on the conservative path forward. In the video, he expressed his commitment to achieving a favorable outcome and his willingness to go the extra mile.
However, recognizing the pragmatic reality of lacking a clear path to victory, he made the principled decision to suspend his campaign. Without hesitation, DeSantis formally endorsed Trump, emphasizing the resounding desire of the majority of Republican primary voters to see Trump back in the arena.
Primaries are difficult in that we focus on our differences.
But as @RonDeSantis reminded us – Trump is far superior to Biden.
We are way more alike than we even realize.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 21, 2024
Acknowledging certain policy differences with Trump, such as on matters related to the coronavirus pandemic and Anthony Fauci, DeSantis underscored Trump’s proven superiority over the current incumbent, Joe Biden. He reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to supporting the Republican nominee, emphasizing Trump as the embodiment of conservative values. DeSantis criticized the prospect of returning to outdated Republican approaches, symbolized by Nikki Haley, and championed a departure from prioritizing large corporations while rejecting woke ideology.
Respected conservatives, including Senator Marsha Blackburn, lauded DeSantis for his principled decision to step aside and unite behind Trump. With DeSantis gracefully exiting the stage, the primary race now prominently features Nikki Haley as the last serious challenger to the enduring legacy of Trump. The upcoming New Hampshire primary holds immense significance for Haley, as a strong Trump performance could potentially signal the swift conclusion of her campaign before reaching Nevada and South Carolina.
Governor Ron DeSantis is making the right decision to drop out and endorse President Donald J. Trump.
The longer Nikki Haley stays in the race, the more she helps Biden.
It’s time for the ENTIRE Republican Party to come together and support Trump 2024!
— Riley Moore (@RileyMooreWV) January 21, 2024
DeSantis’s conservative exit underscores the strength of conservative unity behind Trump, leaving Haley as the primary challenger facing a pivotal test in the upcoming New Hampshire primary.