(HorizonPost.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Sunday that he was suspending his presidential campaign and endorsing Donald Trump in the Republican primaries, CBS News reported.
In a video posted on social media, DeSantis said he could not ask his campaign workers to continue giving their time “without a clear path to victory.” He said it had become clear that the majority of Republican voters wanted Trump to have another chance.
DeSantis said he chose to endorse Trump because the party could not “go back to the old Republican guard of yesterday,” which he described as a “repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism” typified by former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Sunday, Donald Trump praised Governor DeSantis for a “very good job” and said he looked forward to working with the Florida governor to defeat President Biden in November, Fox News reported.
During a segment on Fox’s “The Big Weekend Show,” the panel was discussing DeSantis’ exit from the race and co-host Kayleigh McEnany suggested that if Donald Trump hoped to defeat Biden in November, he needed to take a “conciliatory” tone.
McEnany said DeSantis voters would likely migrate to Donald Trump both in the primary and in the General Election. She explained that DeSantis voters are more traditional conservatives and people of faith and claimed that this would “naturally” make them gravitate toward Trump.
However, McEnany said that the challenge for the former president would be winning over independents, establishment Republicans, and Nikki Haley’s supporters, adding that this would make the VP choice “so important.” She explained that Trump would need to pick a running mate that could help bring in voting blocs Trump would not naturally attract, especially suburban women and independent voters.
Fox’s Guy Benson added that it would be necessary for Trump to have a more “conciliatory tone” during the General Election fight, explaining that Trump could only beat Biden if there was “unity on the right.”
Noting Trump’s gracious words following DeSantis’ exit, Benson said such a conciliatory tone was “out of character” for Trump but made sense “strategically.”
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