Trump, Conservatives Praise DeSantis After He Bows Out Of 2024 Race
DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis participates in a Fox News Town Hall on January 09, 2024 in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa Republicans will be the first to select their party’s nominee for the 2024 presidential race when they go to caucus on January 15, 2024.
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Former President Donald Trump and a number of conservatives praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Sunday after he announced that he was suspending his campaign for president and endorsing the former president.

Polling experts noted that the race permanently shifted in early 2023 when the former president was indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as a large number of Republicans rallied around the former president, giving him a significant lead over DeSantis, who maintained his second place position after entering the race, and others.

In bowing out, DeSantis said that Trump was superior to President Joe Biden and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who he said represented “a repackaged form of warmed over corporatism.”

Speaking to supporters in New Hampshire on Sunday night, Trump said, “Before we begin, I’d like to take time to congratulate Ron DeSantis and, of course, a really terrific person who I’ve gotten to know, his wife Casey, for having run a great campaign for president.”

“He did. He ran a really good campaign. I will tell you, it’s not easy,” he continued. “They think it’s easy doing this stuff, right? It’s not easy. But as you know, he left the campaign trail today at 3pm. And in so doing, he was very gracious and he endorsed me, so I appreciate it. I appreciate that. And I also look forward to working with Ron and everybody else to defeat crooked Joe Biden, we will have to get him out. He’s put our country at great peril, at great peril. So I just want to thank Ron and congratulate him on doing a very good job. It’s a tough situation. It’s a tough thing to do.”

Trump said separately that he would no longer mock DeSantis’ name by calling him “DeSanctimonious.”

DeSantis’ decision to bow out and endorse Trump was widely praised on the political Right, including among Trump supporters. Only a very small group of highly fringe figures on the far-right were not accepting of DeSantis’ endorsement and continued to attack the governor.

“Happy to see @RonDeSantis endorse my father and call to unite the entire GOP around him to defeat RINO Nikki Haley and ultimately, Crooked Joe Biden,” said Donald Trump Jr. “We need the entire America First movement working together as a team to defeat the radical left in November!!!”

Conservative actor James Woods said, “This is by no means the end of this great patriot on the national stage. His speech here is honest, straightforward, and to the point. Republicans MUST unite to sweep the Biden catastrophe from the White House and send the woke grifters of the left back to their rat’s nests.”

“A great leader and a class act,” said Megyn Kelly. “Hope he finds a way to try again in 2028.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said: “Welcome Home, Ron! It’s great to have America’s Governor back onside.”

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