Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally acknowledged that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, breaking with the former president and other Republicans who have continued to falsely claim that the election was stolen.
In a clip provided by The Today Show, DeSantis is badgered by NBC’s Dasha Burns to talk about Trump and the 2020 election, eventually pulling a big answer out of DeSantis. When she says he won’t answer if Trump lost the election, DeSantis snaps and says “Of course he lost” followed by “Joe Biden is the President.”
He also said that he thinks Trump “made some mistakes” in the aftermath of the election, but that he still respects him.
Here is some of the back-and-forth:
“Whoever puts their hand on the Bible on Jan. 20 every four years is the winner,” DeSantis told NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns in his first broadcast network interview since he launched his presidential campaign.
DeSantis continued to discuss all the ways he believed the previous presidential election was not perfect. But pressed further, he clearly stated that Trump lost.
“But respectfully, you did not clearly answer that question,” Burns said. “And if you can’t give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether or not he lost —”
“No, of course he lost,” DeSantis said, adding, “Joe Biden’s the president.”
“I think what people in the media and elsewhere, they want to act like somehow this was just like the perfect election. … I don’t think it was a good-run election,” DeSantis said. “But I also think Republicans didn’t fight back. You’ve got to fight back when that is happening.”
But DeSantis also took aim at Trump, saying he set the stage for his own loss by signing the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill in response to the Covid-19 crisis. About $400 million of that money went to help states with election administration — and many states made voting by mail more widely available during the pandemic.
“But here’s the issue that I think is important for Republican voters to think about: Why did we have all those mail votes? Because of Trump turned the government over to Fauci,” DeSantis said, referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “They embraced lockdowns. They did the CARES Act, which funded mail-in ballots across the country.”
Desantis just said Trump lost the 2020 election
He chose the DC consultants over the 70% of Republicans who believe Trump won
His career is finished and it should bepic.twitter.com/cxjXeC5dSy
— johnny maga (@_johnnymaga) August 7, 2023