GOP Tells DeSantis To Get To Work

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is facing pressure as his position in the 2024 presidential race is weakening over time. Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the Florida governor in the past few weeks. More importantly, many important and high-profile endorsements have come Trump’s way, some of which are even from the state of Florida.

Republican donors are concerned both publicly and privately about whether DeSantis actually has the potential to win the GOP primary. Still, they choose to stay on the sidelines for now. One Republican strategist pointed out that while there are those who want the party to move forward and dislike Trump, they are still choosing to not take any action yet.

Billionaire businessman Thomas Peterffy, a top Republican donor, also told the Financial Times that he had put “on hold” any potential plans to back DeSantis in his presidential campaign if he decides to run, because of the stance that DeSantis has taken on certain social issues like abortion and book banning. Peterffy added that many of his “friends” also feel similarly. These remarks came only a couple of days before DeSantis signed the controversial abortion ban in Florida which would block women from getting an abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy.

DeSantis has not yet launched a presidential campaign, nor has he made any announcement about his intentions, but he is not expected to join the race until Mar or later.

The Florida governor has also been criticized recently for his stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has faced attacks from many of Trump and his allies.

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