The Republican Party is more diverse than it once was, especially in places like Florida and Texas. But during a “thank you” call with supporters yesterday, failed presidential candidate Ron DeSantis said that while the party welcomes votes from racial and ethnic groups that fall outside the party’s solid vanilla core, those voters should be prepared stay in the back of the bus: (NBC)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told backers of his unsuccessful presidential bid Wednesday that former President Donald Trump should not play “identity politics” when picking a 2024 running mate.
“Now we have a diverse Republican Party. I want everybody in the fold, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t want people representing 10, 15% of the party being in the driver’s seat,” DeSantis said on a call with supporters, including those who had committed to serving as delegates for him at this year’s Republican National Convention, according to audio obtained by NBC News.
“So I would want somebody that, if something happened, the people that voted us in would have been pleased to know that they’re going to continue the mission,” DeSantis added. “I’m not sure that those are going to necessarily be the criteria that Donald Trump uses. … I have heard that they’re looking more in identity politics. I think that’s a mistake. I think you should just focus on who the best person for the job would be, and then do that accordingly.”
Wow. Okay, thanks for clarifying that.
NBC talked to one Republican who was on the call and who noted that invitees were people who had been recruited as DeSantis delegates for the 2024 convention. Given the timing, that person suspects DeSantis is keeping in touch in case the Trump campaign implodes before the GOP gathering in Milwaukee.
Could be! The Trump campaign wasn’t amused at the speculation:
“Ron DeSantis failed miserably in his presidential campaign and does not have a voice in selecting the next vice president of the United States,” Trump spokesperson Karoline Leavitt said in response.
On point for once. Open thread!