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The political war seems to be over, Florida Gov. DeSantis to unite with Trump in beating Biden


Florida – Ron DeSantis has earlier refrained from openly campaigning for Donald Trump and distanced himself from the speculation of serving as Trump’s vice president over a month ago, but now, the Florida governor apparently changed his mind and announced his intentions to support the former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during a donor retreat last weekend, marking a significant shift in the relationship between two of the Republican Party’s prominent figures.

Strengthening Campaign Ties

During a gathering at South Florida’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, DeSantis shared his plans to assist in fundraising efforts for Trump’s campaign. According to sources who attended the meeting, DeSantis’s decision follows his January endorsement of Trump, which came shortly after he withdrew from the presidential race. Despite their previous clashes in the political arena, DeSantis has committed to supporting Republican candidates across the board, including the presidential race.

A DeSantis adviser confirmed to NBC News, “He did say it in front of a group of people at the Hard Rock.” This move has signaled a potential thawing in relations between DeSantis and Trump, who have shared a tumultuous history especially during the time when DeSantis was a presidential contender himself.

Mobilizing Support

This alignment has stirred the political fundraising landscape, with several of DeSantis’s backers at the retreat expressing readiness to begin fundraising for Trump. Roy Bailey, a prominent Texas businessman and former co-chair of DeSantis’ national finance advisory board, emphasized his support, stating, “I will follow the governor’s lead and I will do anything that he or President Trump ask me to do to help him win this election.”

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Financial Implications and Future Projections

The commitment from DeSantis’s camp comes at a crucial time as Trump’s campaign disclosed a significant fundraising event at investor John Paulson’s home, which reportedly raised $50.5 million. This event marked the biggest single-event fundraising achievement for the cycle, contributing to Trump’s campaign and several Republican committees.

The announcement from DeSantis coincided with Trump’s major fundraising event, underscoring a strategic alignment within the Republican Party as they prepare for the upcoming election against Joe Biden. While Trump has lagged behind Biden in fundraising, DeSantis’s support could inject much-needed momentum and resources into Trump’s campaign efforts.

DeSantis’s donor network, which includes influential figures like Emil Henry, CEO of Tiger Infrastructure Partners, and other notable Republican donors, is poised to play a pivotal role in bolstering Trump’s financial resources as the 2024 presidential race heats up.

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Overcoming Past Conflicts

Despite the new phase of cooperation, past conflicts between DeSantis and Trump have left a mark. The public disputes and the exchange of criticisms had soured their relationship, particularly visible when Susie Wiles, DeSantis’s former political adviser and Trump’s campaign chief, famously quipped “Bye, bye” following DeSantis’s withdrawal from the race.

Moreover, DeSantis has previously expressed concerns about Trump’s strategy and political maneuvers, particularly around the topic of identity politics in choosing a running mate. These past grievances underscore the complexity of their relationship and the pragmatic nature of political alliances.

A Pivotal Moment in the Campaign Trail

As the election cycle progresses, the support from DeSantis not only symbolizes a significant alliance but also highlights the strategic shifts within the Republican Party as they aim to consolidate support and resources against the Democratic incumbent. The unfolding dynamics will undoubtedly play a critical role in shaping the political landscape leading up to the 2024 presidential election.

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