Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida and 2024 Republican primary candidate, indicated in an interview with MSNBC on Thursday that Donald Trump should be removed from the primary ballot in the event that he is found guilty in any of the pending legal cases.
“Do you really believe that a man who’s convicted of say, attempting to overturn the 2020 election or taking nuclear secrets back to his beach club, do you actually still, as we sit here today, believe that person should be president?” The host Willie Geist inquired.
DeSantis signed the fealty pledge of the Republican National Committee prior to the first GOP debate in August.
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The pledge stipulates that the remaining nominees will provide support to the party nominated for the presidency.
“Now, do I think somebody under those circumstances could get elected president? The answer is no. That will not happen,” DeSantis said.
“I don’t think the party should nominate in that situation. However, you know, I signed the pledge. I’m a Republican. I don’t think it’s going to come to that, and I think we’ll be we’ll get the job done like we need to, but the reality is, is I signed it and that’s what I did.” he continued.
This commitment was one of the prerequisites for party members to be eligible to participate in the inaugural debate, which commenced on August 23.
For his part, since declining the pledge, Trump has remained absent from all of the primary debates thus far.