‘Of course he lost’: Ron DeSantis REJECTS Trump’s claims of election fraud — and says Republicans will lose if 2024 is a ‘referendum’ in 2020 and January 6

Ron DeSantis rejected Donald Trump’s declare that he truly gained the 2020 election, saying Joe Biden was the president.

In his strongest remarks thus far, DeSantis, in an interview with NBC news which aired Monday rejected Trump’s false claims in regards to the 2020 contest and warned Republicans that their get together will lose the upcoming election if it’s a referendum on the previous president.

“Of course he lost,” the Florida governor stated of Trump. “Joe Biden is the president.”

“Whoever puts his hand on the Bible every four years on January 20 is the winner,” he famous.

Trump has made the 2020 election a litmus check for Republicans who need his assist – and the assist of his MAGA trustworthy.

And DeSantis’ feedback come simply days after Trump was indicted on expenses associated to the 2020 election. Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed to be the winner of the 2020 election, arguing that he was the sufferer of mass mob voter fraud. Multiple recounts and lawsuits confirmed Biden’s victory.

“Of course he lost,” Ron DeSantis advised NBC’s Dasha Burns about Donald Trump and the 2020 election. “Joe Biden is the president.”

The Florida governor, who’s trailing Trump by double digits in polls for the Republican presidential nomination, additionally had a stark warning in regards to the 2024 presidential contest.

He warned that elections can’t be about Trump, his false claims or the various expenses he faces, together with one for possession of categorized paperwork at his residence in Mar-a-Lago.

“The election is not about January 20, 2025, but about January 6, 2021, or whatever document was left by the toilet in Mar-a-Lago, if it’s a referendum on that, we’re going to lose,” he advised NBC’s Dasha Burns .

“If the election is a referendum on Joe Biden’s policies and the failures we’ve seen, and we present a positive vision for the future, we will win the presidency and have a chance to change the country.”

DeSantis didn’t straight assault Trump, in contrast to the previous president who nicknamed Florida’s governor “Ron Desanctimonious” and criticized his marketing campaign for “burning money” and collapsing within the polls.

But he questioned a number of of Trump’s choices as president.

“Donald Trump signed that bill that funded the mail-in ballots that all Republicans were so concerned about,” he famous.

And DeSantis, who raised his nationwide profile by conserving Florida open throughout COVID and questioning infectious illness knowledgeable Dr. Anthony Fauci, questioned Trump’s dealing with of the pandemic.

Trump turned authorities over to Fauci; they embraced the lockdowns,” he stated.

Still, DeSantis stated within the interview that the 2020 election wasn’t “perfect.”

He criticized Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for censoring Republicans, warned of the widespread availability of mail-in ballots, denounced “vote harvesting,” the place third events acquire and return voters’ ballots, and stated social media retailers are burying information about Hunter Biden .

“I think people in the media and elsewhere want to pretend that somehow this was the perfect election. … I don’t think it was a good election,” DeSantis stated. “But I also think the Republicans are not fighting back. You have to fight back when that happens.’

Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Ron DeSantis in the fight for the GOP nomination

Ron DeSantis warned Republicans that if the 2024 election is around January 6, the party will lose to Joe Biden

He also argued that he is the most viable GOP candidate to beat Biden in the election, saying the contest will come down to independent voters, a group he won in his last Florida gubernatorial election.

“If you look at how independent voters broke, they broke for Biden against Donald Trump,” he stated. If Trump had simply gained unbiased voters, he would have gained the Electoral College. And I believe what we confirmed in Florida, sure, we gained unbiased voters by 18 proportion factors. You can’t win a nationwide election with Republicans alone. You should have extra attraction than that. And if we do, we will win.’

DeSantis and Biden are basically tied to the RealClearPolitics Poll Average of a match between the 2. Trump and Biden are additionally tied their match.

But Trump leads DeSantis by 38 factors within the RealClearPolitics average of the Republican presidential nomination. DeSantis is the one different contender to attain double digits.

His interview with NBC News comes as his marketing campaign is in the midst of a reset after leaping off the beginning gate. Some workers have been fired and the marketing campaign has changed into an financial message.

In addition, DeSantis and his crew are focusing on Iowa, a state that Trump misplaced within the 2016 Republican main. DeSantis has made some beneficial properties within the Iowa polls together with his refocusing on that state.

The interview additionally comes forward of the primary Republican debate on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee.