Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, predicts that if Donald Trump, who is currently the leading candidate for the GOP nomination, were to be defeated in the initial Republican voting events in Iowa and New Hampshire, he would refuse to acknowledge the outcome.
Trump never publicly accepted his loss in the 2020 election and has been indicted in two separate cases related to his alleged efforts to thwart the peaceful transfer of power.
DeSantis stated that regardless of the situation, he believes Trump will claim it was stolen and attempt to undermine the results. He referenced Trump’s actions towards Ted Cruz during the 2016 Iowa caucuses. During a press conference in New Hampshire on Friday, DeSantis also noted Trump’s efforts to discredit the Emmy Awards for many years after his show, “The Apprentice,” did not receive any awards.
Polling in Iowa and New Hampshire.
According to Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, DeSantis is behaving in accordance with his fantasies about the Lincoln Project and is imitating a Never Trumper by repeating Democratic talking points that are promoted by Crooked Joe Biden and his campaign.
“After Ron’s term in politics ends in a couple of weeks, he may consider working as a Democratic representative on the side, as his true beliefs start to become evident,” he stated.
In 2016, Trump claimed on Twitter, without evidence, that he had won the popular vote if you disregard the millions of illegal votes. He also alleged that there was significant voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire, and California, despite winning the Electoral College.
In the previous election, Hillary Clinton received approximately 2.9 million more votes than her opponent, making her the winner of the popular vote.
Regarding the most recent presidential election, Trump is… in a was peacefully removed from office and his supporters
Trump and six other individuals who have not been charged are alleged to have deliberately spread false information about widespread election fraud and Trump’s supposed victory, which ultimately led to the violent attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. After losing to Joe Biden, Trump peacefully relinquished power and his followers….
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Organizing an attempt to prevent the legitimate certification of the 2020 presidential election in the state. Trump refutes the accusations in this situation as well.
During DeSantis’ time in Congress, he strongly supported Trump and continued to do so after he became governor in 2018.
DeSantis initially did not confirm his belief in the alleged rigging of the 2020 election, in line with Trump’s stance. When questioned in June 2022, DeSantis shifted focus to praising Florida’s well-managed election, claiming it to be the best in the state’s history.
However, as a nominee for president, he has not repeated Trump’s claim that the election was fraudulent.
“Trump obviously didn’t win,” DeSantis stated during an August interview with NBC News.
In Iowa later that month, DeSantis stated, “I have repeatedly acknowledged that the election results are what they are. None of the theories that were proposed have been substantiated.”
He has spoken out against alterations to mail-in voting regulations adopted by states during the pandemic and in the lead-up to the 2020 election. However, when questioned by constituents about the potential for fraud in the 2024 election, he frequently mentions his intent to utilize each state’s unique ballot access methods, such as ballot harvesting and mail-in and early voting, even though he previously denounced them.
Earlier this month in Iowa, he stated, “The current process for elections is not ideal. However, I will follow the law and do what is necessary. I refuse to stand by while the Democrats gather ballots and we only voice our frustrations. I will not fight with a disadvantage.”
This story was contributed to by Grace Kazarian.