On Thursday, Ron DeSantis refused to commit to supporting 45th President Donald Trump if he is the GOP Presidential nominee. Key DeSantis Advisor Paul Ryan previously stated he would not attend the GOP Convention if Trump is the nominee. DeSantis continues to follow the Paul Ryan Playbook.
A reporter asked DeSantis if he would support Trump as the GOP nominee.
DeSantis responded, “So what I would say is this, um when you are saying Cuomo did better on COVID than Florida did, you are revealing yourself to just be full of it.”
DeSantis made these comments despite the fact that during the height of the Covid lockdowns, the Florida Governor ordered armed checkpoints on the Florida-Alabama state line.
Lockdowns. Armed Checkpoints. School Shutdowns. Beach and Business Closures.@Forbes: In 2020, Ron DeSantis issued some of the most draconian Covid restrictions of anywhere in the United States. pic.twitter.com/RkC7jVDhjp
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 29, 2023
Florida reopened around the same time other red state governors began to reopen their states. By May 2020, there was liberal outrage that Missouri allowed massive Memorial Day parties during the “pandemic.” Trump never criticized Missouri Governor Parson for having his state open in May 2020 or any other Governor who opened their state around that time.
"I can't enforce something that's just not a law."
CNN's @DonLemon speaks to Sheriff Tony Helms about video of a Memorial Day weekend pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
The gathering violates social distancing measures intended to limit the spread of Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/eGM6yJVQAa
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) May 26, 2020
Laura Loomer brought up a strong point that earlier in the year, the GOP said they would require candidates to sign a loyalty pledge committing their support to the 2024 GOP nominee. Loomer tweeted, “Hey @GOPChairwoman under your loyalty oath pledge that you’re requiring for the 2023-2024 GOP debates, doesn’t this disqualify
@RonDeSantis? He just refused, on video, to support Donald Trump if Trump is the GOP nominee for 2024. How will you hold @RonDeSantis accountable?”
Under your loyalty oath pledge that you’re requiring for the 2023-2024 GOP debates, doesn’t this disqualify @RonDeSantis?
He just refused, on video, to support Donald Trump if Trump is the GOP nominee for 2024.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) June 22, 2023
Earlier this year, National File reported that Paul Ryan said he will not attend the 2024 GOP Convention in his home state of Wisconsin if Trump is the nominee. It seems Ron DeSantis is following Paul Ryan’s lead on all things Trump.