2024

Ron DeSantis Drops Out, Endorses Donald Trump

“I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and I will honor that pledge.”

In November 2022 – after “Republicans” failed miserably to capitalize on what should have been a slam dunk mid-term election cycle – I penned a column entitled ‘Donald Trump versus DeFuture.’ At the time, the Republican electorate was souring on former U.S. president Donald Trump – and seeking an alternative to lead them into the 2024 elections.

Their first choice? Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

In the 2022 election that left the GOP wondering where its wave went, DeSantis was the big wave surfer – sweeping to a landslide reelection win in Florida. The GOP took note. And not just of DeSantis’ big win, but the fact he earned it in a swing state by running hard to the right – governing as a rare conservative who kept his campaign promises.

They showed they were taking note, too. A year ago today – as the 2024 campaigns were coalescing – DeSantis was polling within single digits of Trump nationally, according to survey averages from FiveThirtyEight.

Trump had the support of 43.7 percent of the GOP electorate on this day in 2023, according to those averages – while DeSantis was backed by 34.9 percent. That was a spread of only 8.8 percentage points, people.

Today? Trump is supported by 66.2 percent of GOP primary voters nationally – putting him nearly 54 percentage points ahead of his nearest competitor.

So … what happened? How did the wheels fall off DeSantis once-promising presidential bid?

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Two key things led to the DeSantis collapse … which began last spring and continued inexorably through the summer, fall and winter.

First, the moment it became clear DeSantis was a viable GOP alternative to Trump, he became everyone’s target – most notable the former president’s. Trump attacked him viciously. Other Republican presidential candidates assailed him with equal fervor as they sought to become the “alternative.” Democrats tore into him for fear he might beat Trump. The media lambasted him for the same reason.

DeSantis was pilloried on all fronts – MAGA, GOP establishment, progressive and the press – and to say he wasn’t up for the incoming was obviously an understatement.

But perhaps a better question is this: Would any candidate have been able to survive such a complete and total encirclement? Even if they were to assiduously avoid any missteps, such full-spectrum partisan/ ideological opposition would have been virtually impossible to overcome.

But the forces arrayed against DeSantis were not his undoing. Nor, as it happens, was his lack of “rizz” or his campaign’s lack of discipline. Sure, people will write about DeSantis’ botched social media announcement, his personality deficit disorder or the myriad stumbles, fumbles and bumbles his campaign made over the course of the past year.

None of that is why he lost, though.

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Florida governor Ron DeSantis campaigns in New Hampshire in the summer of 2023. (DeSantis Campaign/ Facebook)

DeSantis’ fate was sealed when the far left made its move against Trump legallyindicting him for allegedly paying hush money to his mistresses, allegedly mishandling classified information and allegedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The indictments – and Trump’s successful framing of them as the deep state’s weaponization of “justice” for political ends – galvanized the GOP base and solidified his support within the party. Trump surged in the polls and hasn’t looked back since. His huge win in early-voting Iowa – and his recent momentum over Nikki Haley in New Hampshire and South Carolina – have him poised to walk away with the Republican nomination.

Moderates in swing states have also rallied to Trump’s banner – at least in a rematch against U.S. president Joe Biden.

DeSantis has now acknowledged the political realities confronting him … and acted accordingly.

“I am today suspending my campaign,” DeSantis said in a Sunday afternoon video posted to his social media accounts, adding “I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and I will honor that pledge.”

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“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,” a statement from the former president’s campaign noted. “It is now time for all Republicans to rally behind President Trump to defeat Crooked Joe Biden and end his disastrous presidency.”

The Trump statement took a shot at Haley, who is now the only Republican still running against the presumed GOP nominee.

“Nikki Haley is the candidate of the globalists and Democrats who will do everything to stop the America First movement,” the statement continued, accusing Haley of representing “the views of Democrats more than the views of Republicans.”

“It’s time to choose wisely,” the statement concluded.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …

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Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina and before that he was a bass guitarist and dive bar bouncer. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven (soon to be eight) children.

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14 comments

Deep State Days On Display January 21, 2024 at 6:37 pm

Looks like the Deep State has put much effort into giving us not only an interesting show to watch, but the illusion of an actual contest between the prospects they placed on the ballot, which was all of them, all parties.

So, are we going to wind up with Trump as their front runner and Nikki (who he selected as UN Ambassador) as his VP? Will it be Joe and Kamala? Or have they some new evil to foist off on the unsuspecting public for 2024?

Stay tuned kiddies, and drink your Ovaltine, or if you prefer, your adrenachrome.

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Pretend horse races January 22, 2024 at 11:45 am

If by deep state you mean mainstream media, then sure.

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Derp State January 22, 2024 at 12:15 pm

The Derp State is definitely on display in your comment.

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Old and Dusty January 23, 2024 at 2:12 pm

Ovaltine was popular during the boomer years. You could at least make up lies about Sunny D or something.

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Goody3 Top fan January 21, 2024 at 7:06 pm

DSDOD above …. “adrenachrome”???? Ovaltine – I get.

Yes – re Joe & Kamala. Trump & Haley less likely, I think.

Time will tell.

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Deep State Days On Display January 21, 2024 at 8:02 pm

I misspelled it. From Wikipedia:

“Adrenochrome is a subject of several far right conspiracy theories, such as QAnon and Pizzagate,[19][20][21] with the chemical helping the theories play a similar role to earlier blood libel and Satanic ritual abuse stories.[22] The theories commonly state that a cabal of Satanists rape and murder children, and “harvest” adrenochrome from their victims’ blood as a drug[23][24] or as an elixir of youth.[25] In reality, adrenochrome is synthesized by biotechnology companies, solely for research purposes, and has no medical uses.[26][27][28]”

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Ralph Hightower Top fan January 21, 2024 at 7:18 pm

So, it’s Donald and Nikki going to the final round on Celebrity Apprentice: White House.

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Dustin Ransdell Top fan January 21, 2024 at 8:44 pm

Last I heard Will’s buddy Tara Servatius at WORD 98.9 was laying comatose after DeSantis’ dropped out…

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Nanker Phelge January 21, 2024 at 10:10 pm

Turns out you cannot run a successful campaign shrieking “WOKE WOKE WOKE” with a horror movie grin.

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Steamboat Sick Willie January 22, 2024 at 8:15 am

Go woke, make the presidential candidate harassing you go broke.

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Losers gonna lose January 22, 2024 at 11:48 am

The GQP went all in on screaming “WOKE!!!” thinking it would attract voters, instead of actually doing anything legislatively.

That is only resulting in the lowest GQP voter turnout for the primaries.

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Mark January 22, 2024 at 1:16 pm

Back on January 11th, I said “In the end, Nikki and DeSantis will, like other Republicans before them, crawl on their hands and knees and beg Trump to forgive them. Republicans with backbone and integrity have already been kicked out of the party or left because they could not stomach what had become of the GOP.”

One down.

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Ralph Hightower Top fan January 22, 2024 at 4:39 pm

Perhaps DeSantis should have accepted that Participation Trophy in Iowa.

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Also Ran Club January 23, 2024 at 2:13 pm

It was his one legitimate achievement, and he blew it off.

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