Republican congressman endorses DeSantis for President (even though he hasn’t announced his run): Chip Roy calls Florida Governor ‘vibrant and energetic’ who can defend America against ‘woke cultural indoctrination’
- Texas Rep. Chip Roy has endorsed Ron DeSantis for president, after moving away from former President Donald Trump after January 6
- DeSantis, 44, has not yet officially declared he’s running for the 2024 GOP nomination
- Roy said the country needed a ‘vibrant and energetic’ leader and said it was time for ‘younger, but proven, leadership’
Texas Rep. Chip Roy has endorsed Ron DeSantis for president, despite the Florida governor not yet officially declaring a 2024 run for the Republican nomination.
Roy sent an email to supporters Wednesday saying that the next president needed to be a ‘vibrant and energetic’ and someone who’d defend the country from ‘woke cultural indoctrination,’ pointing to 44-year-old DeSantis as that leader.
‘It’s time for younger, but proven, leadership to offer America eight solid years of transformational change,’ the Texas congressman argued.
Beyond the Florida governor’s youth, Roy pointed out while ‘other Republicans were faltering in key races,’ DeSantis was able to win by about 20 points and helped the GOP win statewide in Florida during the November midterms.
Referencing the 2022 midterms in that way could be viewed as a slight against former President Donald Trump, 76, whose endorsed candidates lost several high-profile Senate races, including in the swing states of Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Texas Rep. Chip Roy (pictured) endorsed Ron DeSantis for president on Wednesday, arguing the country needed ‘younger, but proven, leadership’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) with wife Casey DeSantis (left) has yet to announce a 2024 run but is already receiving support
While Roy is one of the most conservative members of Congress, he had already started breaking away from the MAGA faithful.
He didn’t vote to overturn the 2020 election and was critical of Trump’s handling of January 6.
In turn, Trump refused to support Roy’s short-lived Republican leadership bid.
Roy was hoping to take the place of No. 3 House Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted over her Trump criticism in May 2021.
Instead, Trump and ultimately the majority of the Republican caucus, backed Rep. Elise Stefanik, who came into Congress as a moderate but is now deeply embedded in the MAGA wing.
‘Can’t imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy – he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district,’ Trump said in a statement as the leadership fight heated up. ‘I support Elise, by far, over Chip!’ Trump added.
Now Roy is the first Republican House member to back DeSantis, who Trump said this week would ‘probably’ be his toughest 2024 GOP rival.
‘I would say probably so, but you never know what happen, it could change,’ Trump told a group of reporters on board ‘Trump Force One’ with him en route to Davenport, Iowa.
‘I think that we’re not going to have much of a a challenge,’ Trump also offered.
Trump was the first Republican to declare a 2024 White House run, followed by his former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley, and then entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
DeSantis will reportedly run and made his first trip to Iowa, which holds the first presidential caucus, on Friday and then headed to Nevada, another early contest state.
He will also headline a dinner in New Hampshire, which will hold the nation’s first Republican primary in 2024, next month.
But because he hasn’t declared, a Trump-aligned political action on Wednesday submitted a complaint to Florida’s Commission on Ethics arguing that DeSantis was running a ‘shadow presidential campaign,’ which runs against Florida laws.
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