Trump vs. DeSantis ‘huge improvement’ over past picks
The battle between President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is a “huge improvement” over the choices Republicans had in the past – including John McCain and Mitt Romney – the Republican Party Chairman pointed out on Wednesday. Florida, Christian Ziegler.
“Something we should ALL agree on: In 2024, the top two candidates for the Republican nomination for president are: Donald J. Trump (and) Ron DeSantis,” Ziegler said, explaining that this is a major improvement over choices Republicans have had in the past.
“HUGE IMPROVEMENT since 2008, when we had to choose between: John McCain (and) Mitt Romney,” he added:
Something we should ALL agree with:
In 2024, the two main candidates for the Republican nomination for president are:
🇺🇸 Donald J. Trump
🇺🇸 Ron DeSantis
HUGE IMPROVEMENT from 2008 when we were forced to choose between:
▶️ John McCain
▶️ Mitt Romney
— Christian Ziegler 🇺🇸 (@ChrisMZiegler) May 24, 2023
Ziegler made the remarks amid infighting among GOP members, some of whom support Trump and others who support DeSantis in the GOP primary race.
“Hey Republicans, keep this in mind: If Trump is the nominee, he’ll need DeSantis’ supporters to win in November. If DeSantis is the nominee, he will need Trump supporters to win in November,” he reminded Republicans on Thursday:
Hey Republicans, keep this in mind:
If Trump is the nominee, he will need DeSantis supporters to win in November.
If DeSantis is the nominee, he will need Trump supporters to win in November.
— Christian Ziegler 🇺🇸 (@ChrisMZiegler) May 25, 2023
During a conversation with Breitbart News Saturday In March, Ziegler do it’s clear the Florida GOP will remain “neutral” in the GOP primary battle, which saw DeSantis officially jump into the ring on Wednesday.
He praised both leaders, describing Trump as “one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had, if not the greatest.” Of DeSantis, he said, “I don’t know if there’s been a better governor in the history of this country than Governor Ron DeSantis, and he really tackles these issues every day by fighting for us.”
“So I have a great relationship with both men,” Ziegler said, explaining that the Florida GOP would support “both men.”
“We will remain neutral. And we’re going to allow the base to choose, and then whoever they choose, we’re going to make sure they get elected, whether it’s President Trump (or) Governor DeSantis. We’re going to let the base choose,” he said.
“We’re going to work hard to get them elected after that,” Ziegler added, explaining that it causes problems when the GOP chooses a candidate who doesn’t align with the will of the people.
“And if the party were to get involved in 2016, I promise you it probably would have been for one of them (Bush or Rubio). And we saw the base – 66 of Florida’s 67 counties – go with it. Trump. So there would have been a big disconnect. That’s why I’m a fan of the party staying neutral,” he said, noting that staying neutral is “exactly what we’re going to do.”
“We’re going to support both men until the end of this primary and then we’ll get to work,” he added.