(AmericanProsperity.com) – Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis admitted on August 5 that former President Donald Trump legally lost the 2020 presidential election against Joe Biden. The comments from the GOP leader represent his most direct remarks on this matter since Trump’s defeat.
During an interview with NBC News, DeSantis said “Of course he lost.” The Florida governor made this comment after an August 3 press conference in Iowa, where he attacked the former president over the 2020 election. DeSantis told reporters at that moment that “theories” put out by Trump and his team after the presidential election didn’t prove “to be true.” He also said during that press conference that Trump’s claims about the election being rigged were “unsubstantiated.”
In the interview, DeSantis also said this wasn’t a “perfect election,” citing the state’s decision to ease voting access. He then went on to criticize the former president for funding mail-in ballots through the CARES bill, as he pointed out this was a mistake that ended up affecting Trump and “Republican voters.”
The Florida Governor claimed that GOP voters had all those “mail votes” because Trump decided to turn the government over to former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci. He also said that the Trump administration “embraced lockdowns” during the pandemic.
Different reports pointed out that DeSantis’ comments about Trump’s defeat in 2020 were surprising, as he had avoided these types of pronouncements about that election. The Florida Governor was even one of the first Republican leaders to suggest that state legislatures were able to change results, earning public praise from the president and his team.
During the NBC interview, he motioned toward the future and how the next presidential election must become a “referendum” on the Biden administration’s policies. He said that Americans should focus on the numerous failures of US President Joe Biden instead of “relitigating” the past and keep thinking about the Trump administration.
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