Ron DeSantis Receives Trump Endors****t at Freedom Summit, Faces Challenges in Presidential Bid

Sophia Moonstone

Updated Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 5:27 AM CDT

Ron DeSantis Receives Trump Endors****t at Freedom Summit, Faces Challenges in Presidential Bid

In 2018, Ron DeSantis' path to becoming a viable presidential candidate began with an endors****t from then-President Donald Trump at the G****** Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida during the "Freedom Summit" organized by the Republican Party of Florida. This endors****t proved to be a turning point for DeSantis, as it helped secure him the Republican nomination for governor of Florida and elevated his status above his opponent, Adam Putnam.

The summit itself had a clear pro-Trump sentiment, with speakers critical of Trump being booed and jeered by the audience. DeSantis received a mid-afternoon speaking slot at the event, while Trump served as the keynote speaker. Pro-Trump speakers, including Florida Reps. Byron Donalds and Matt Gaetz, also endorsed Trump during the summit.

Before DeSantis' speech, the room was filled with his supporters, and his wife, Casey DeSantis, received loud cheers during her opening remarks. However, during his speech, DeSantis criticized Trump for using teleprompters, highlighting a difference in their speaking styles.

Despite the initial endors****t from Trump, recent polling indicates that Trump remains the frontrunner in the Republican presidential field. A recent USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll shows that DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is also running in the 2024 campaign, are nearly tied in the GOP primary. They are also even in the first caucus state, according to a Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll.

DeSantis has been actively campaigning in Iowa, visiting 85 out of the state's 99 counties, demonstrating his campaign's efforts to gain support in the state. He remains confident that voters will start paying closer attention to the election in January and choose his campaign.

However, DeSantis faces challenges within his own party. Trump's team continues to attack DeSantis, suggesting that he is a larger threat than Haley. There are even rumors circulating about DeSantis wearing boot lifts, prompting questions about Haley potentially wearing high heels to appear taller than DeSantis during the Miami debate. DeSantis denies wearing lifts and describes his shoes as "standard."

Furthermore, five Republican legislators in Florida have switched their endors****ts from DeSantis to Trump, boosting Trump's campaign and diminishing DeSantis' bid for the White House. State congresswoman Jessica Baker cited world instability and economic insecurity as reasons for supporting Trump over DeSantis, while Florida state senator Debbie Mayfield emphasized the need to unite the party behind Trump.

Experts believe that DeSantis's run for the White House is in trouble as Republican officials in Florida are choosing Trump over him. Alex Conant, a Republican strategist, states that weakening DeSantis's standing in Florida is a clear objective of the Trump campaign, aiming to undermine DeSantis's core pitch of being a strong governor.

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, it remains to be seen how DeSantis will navigate these challenges and regain his stature as the top candidate to defeat Trump. With social media discussions revolving around DeSantis' height and whether he wears lifts in his Lucchese boots, the focus on personal attributes adds another layer of complexity to the campaign.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.

Republican Bias:

In the spirit of a conservative summary, it's clear that the liberal media is once again trying to sow discord within the Republican Party. They're pitting Ron DeSantis against Donald Trump, two strong conservative leaders, in an attempt to weaken our party. They're focusing on trivial matters such as DeSantis' height and his shoes, rather than the policies and leadership skills he brings to the table. It's a classic liberal tactic to distract from the real issues at hand. These same liberals are ignoring the fact that DeSantis has been actively campaigning, visiting 85 out of Iowa's 99 counties, demonstrating his commitment to the American people. Yet, they'd rather focus on rumors and petty squabbles.

Liberal Bias:

In the spirit of a liberal summary, it's evident that the Republican Party is in disarray. The party is divided, with Trump's team attacking DeSantis, a fellow Republican. It's clear that Republicans are more interested in power plays and personal attacks than in serving the American people. They're even resorting to rumors about DeSantis' height and footwear, which is a ridiculous distraction from the real issues. Furthermore, the fact that five Republican legislators in Florida switched their endors****ts from DeSantis to Trump shows a lack of unity and loyalty within the party. It's clear that the Republican Party is more focused on internal politics than on addressing the needs of the American people.

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