Despite dropping out of the race for president, Ron DeSantis is still offering some warnings about the GOP’s future with Trump while also calling out the mainstream media, which he says intends to ensure Trump loses.
The Florida governor asserted that after months of propping Trump up as a popular candidate who will be favored to defeat President Biden, the “corporate media” has “flipped” to warning of the former president’s vulnerabilities.
On Tuesday night, for example, as returns came in, media outlets revealed that independent voters may be a problem for Trump.
Although the former president carried 70 percent of registered New Hampshire Republicans, exit polling, Trump only got a third of independent voters who will likely decide the general election, a fact that got under the skin of the former president after several commentators pointed it out.
That makes the Florida governor worry.
[DeSantis] told conservative radio host Steve Deace he sees a “huge warning sign for Republicans” in his first interview since ending his presidential bid, noted The Washington Examiner.
“When I have people come up to me who voted for Reagan in ’76 and have been conservative their whole life say that they don’t want to vote for Trump again, that’s a problem,” he explained.
Trump will need to solve this problem if he wants to win, according to the governor.
“I think there’s an enthusiasm problem overall, and then I also just think there are some voters that have checked out at this point that you got to find a way to get them back,” he added.
One interview with a Haley voter exemplifies the problem facing Republicans in November.
The Nikki Haley voters are just open Democrats and Never Trumpers.
"Well, I voted for Nikki Haley, because that was voting against Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/I2yE8vdTIw
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 23, 2024
While Ron DeSantis endorsed GOP frontrunner after dropping out of the race following his second-place finish in Iowa, the Florida governor has not been willing to be used as window dressing the way some of the other former rivals to Trump, like Doug Burgam, Tim Scott, and Vivek Ramaswamy.
He’s also vowed not to “kiss the ring.” Earlier in the week, some Florida Republicans proposed using state taxpayer money to fund lawyers for the billionaire former president’s multiple legal battles. Their hopes quickly crumpled after DeSantis threatened to veto the legislation.
But not the Florida Republican who wields the veto pen… https://t.co/kkc2yyqVK0
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 23, 2024
Politico reported, “State Sen. Ileana Garcia, a Miami Republican who endorsed Trump’s reelection, has filed a bill for this year’s legislative session that could allow the state to hand out up to $5 million to the embattled Republican frontrunner for president. The legislation has already won the endorsement from Jimmy Patronis, the state’s Republican chief financial officer, who for months has been publicly calling for taxpayers to pay to defend Trump from criminal charges.
But Garcia late Monday night announced she would withdraw the bill. Her move came less than two hours after DeSantis publicly posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that he did not support the measure.
Roughly 12 hours earlier, Garcia stated in a release, put out by Patronis’ office, that ‘we’re in the midst of an historic moment where we’re watching an election that’s trying to be stolen by left wing prosecutors, the Biden Administration and even Blue States. They’re not trying to win at the ballot box; they’re trying to keep President Trump off the ballot by weaponizing the courts. Having a Floridian in the White House is good for our state — and anything we can do to support Florida Presidential candidates, like President Trump, will not only benefit our state, but our nation.’”
The state representative is right that Trump’s legal troubles could imperil his candidacy. A recent poll showed that Trump’s support nationally plummets to roughly 20 percent in the general election if he’s convicted of a felony over the next few months.
Such a victory by Biden would likely give Democrats a substantial advantage in enacting liberal policies to effectively turn the United States into California.