DeSantis: Haley Tried to Appeal to Non-Republicans

(ConservativeSense.com) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s embarrassing loss on Super Tuesday was “expected” because she tried to appeal to Democrats more than Republicans.

DeSantis appeared on Newsmax on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and told host Eric Bolling that Haley’s defeat “was to be expected.” The Florida governor said that she “waged a campaign” thinking she could win the GOP nomination “by getting the votes of mostly… non-Republicans.” DeSantis said that “just doesn’t work,” which he said was obvious following the Iowa caucus, after which he said Haley had no “pathway” to the nomination.

DeSantis himself was still running for the GOP nomination during the first contest in Iowa and dropped out shortly after, realizing it was obvious that Trump was still leagues ahead of him. This should’ve spelled the end of Haley, considering DeSantis was the second-runner-up behind Trump for the entire lead-up to the primaries, yet Haley continued to campaign. After multiple defeats leading up to Super Tuesday, including in her own home state of South Carolina, many questioned why she even continued.

On the morning before DeSantis’ recent Newsmax appearance, Haley finally dropped out, but unlike the other candidates, she did not endorse Trump. During her announcement in Charleston, South Carolina, she said it was up to Trump “to earn the votes” of the GOP “and beyond,” and that she hopes he does. Haley said she stayed in the race because she wanted Americans who supported her “to have their voices heard” and that she has “no regrets.”

The former president swept up 14 states’ delegates on Super Tuesday, and his rematch with President Joe Biden is almost certain. Setting his focus on the risk of a second term for Biden, DeSantis said now the GOP is “staring down the barrel” of a president “who’s clearly not up to the job.”

In a victory speech after Super Tuesday, Trump assured his followers that the success of his campaign would unite the country.

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