Florida Senator Rick Scott Endorses Donald Trump Over Ron DeSantis

On the morning of November 2, 2023, Florida Senator Rick Scott penned an op-ed announcing his endorsement of Donald Trump for President in the 2024 presidential election. 

In doing so, Scott has effectively ignored fellow Florida statewide official Ron DeSantis, who is currently the Governor of the Sunshine State and Trump’s most prominent rival for the GOP nomination. 

Scott’s piece was published at Newsweek, declaring that it’s high-time for the Republican party to stand behind Trump. The Florida Senator stressed that Trump is the only candidate who can defeat incumbent President Joe Biden. 

“I am often asked whether this is the beginning of the end of America. It will be, if we stop fighting and cede our country to the incompetent, radical Democrats who are destroying the fundamental values that make America great. We of course do not even know if Joe Biden is lucid enough to be aware that his administration is destroying America. Biden’s presidency has become an embarrassment to his political party and to our entire nation,” Scott declared in his op-ed.

“I am optimistic that we can return America to its rightful position of economic and military strength and the undisputed moral leader of the free world, but only with strong leadership in the White House. That is why I support my friend President Donald J. Trump to be the 47th president of the United States and encourage every Republican to unite behind his efforts to win back the White House,” he added. 

Scott did not explicitly call for Republican candidates to drop out of the race, but he stressed the need for Republicans to rally behind Trump in these trying times:

I know most of the candidates running for president, and I respect their decision to put themselves through this very difficult process. They’ve made their case to voters, laid out their agendas and their plans, and told their stories. Make no mistake: every single one of them would be a better president than Joe Biden. But Republican voters are making their voices heard loud and clear. They want to return to the leadership of Donald Trump.

Scott knows where the wind is blowing. The GOP base wants Trump to receive the 2024 presidential nomination. They want nothing to do with the weak-kneed political posturing of Conservatism Inc.

Nevertheless, Scott is nothing to write home about. As Florida Governor, Scott passed SB 7026 which implemented a bump stock ban, an increase in the age to purchase, and a red flag gun confiscation order. Moreover, as BLP previously reported, Scott is a staunch interventionist at the foreign policy — who is constantly pushing for conflict in countries ranging from Iran to Venezuela. 

With that in mind, Trump should ignore Scott’s neoconservative influence as much as possible. Scott is likely endorsing the former president in an attempt to try to get himself a cushy position in a future Trump administration. If the first Trump administration has taught us anything, it is that conservative figures are always looking for ways to subvert America First from within. 

Hopefully, Trump keeps his distance from Scott in the case that he does successfully re-occupy the White House.

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