Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is putting the blame for his failed White House campaign on “checked-out” voters, and not on his own many missteps.
In his first interview since dropping out of the presidential race, DeSantis told Blaze TV’s Steve Deace that the blame is on Iowa caucusgoers who rallied behind front-runner Donald Trump even though many didn’t like him.
“They did not want to see Trump nominated again, but they had basically been told that it was inevitable, that it was over,” DeSantis told Deace on Tuesday. DeSantis, who lost to Trump in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month, added that those voters were “checked out” and had “just totally dropped out of the process.”
Despite his attacks on Trump, including admitting that the former president lies about elections, DeSantis announced the end of his campaign on Sunday and endorsed Trump.
“He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism that [former South Carolina Gov.] Nikki Haley represents,” DeSantis said in a video announcement.
President Joe Biden, center, talks with people affected by Hurricane Ian on Oct. 5, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) walks by at right.
Unmentioned in DeSantis’ campaign postmortem were some of the other reasons he lost, including his obsessive attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, libraries, abortion rights and Disney that may have turned off voters.
His campaign spent hundreds of millions of dollars only to see little change in his poll numbers, pouring $53 million into Iowa alone and just winning 21% of the final vote in the state caucuses.
Perhaps most damning for DeSantis’ campaign was his own apparent lack of enthusiasm and personality. DeSantis was routinely lambasted for his robotic affect around constituents, often grimacing instead of smiling in photos and videos, his arms hanging limply at his sides.
“To me he never looked very happy,” one Iowa political operative told HuffPost in December.
DeSantis was also routinely mocked ― including by Trump himself ― over his awkward behavior, including his choice of footwear and a rumored habit of eating pudding cups with three fingers instead of a spoon.
The Florida governor told Deace he’d consider running again “if we have a country left in 2028.”
Entdecken Sie mit Der Informant die vielfältigen Erzählungen der deutschsprachigen Länder. Bleiben Sie informiert mit unvoreingenommener Berichterstattung, aufschlussreichen Analysen und umfassender Berichterstattung über Politik, Kultur, Technologie und mehr. Entdecken Sie den Herzschlag Israels auf unserer vertrauenswürdigen Nachrichtenplattform.
We use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. We do this to improve browsing experience and to show (non-) personalised ads. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to process data such as browsing behaviour or unique IDs on this site. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.