Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) is standing on his endorsement of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the race for the White House. In a tweet on Saturday, Roy reiterated his support for the presidential candidate in response to a tweet from Florida’s First Lady, Casey DeSantis.
“I stand 100% alongside this wonderful woman & her husband, @RonDeSantis, because they are truly good & decent people. America needs THAT again,” Roy wrote.
Roy went on to write, “I proudly fight for @RonDeSantis to be our GOP nominee for President because it’s time to #MeetTheMoment & WIN again. #DeSantis2024.”
However, not everyone was on board with Roy’s endorsement. A user questioned whether it truly mattered who Roy supported for the White House among the GOP and suggested that he use his platform to discredit California Governor Gavin Newsom and former First Lady Michelle Obama, who have been said to be gearing up for a bid for the presidency themselves.
Get to work!
— jrbeck1 (@jrbeck11) November 25, 2023
In response, the Texas lawmaker tactfully pointed out, “Well – @RonDeSantis is debating Newsom on @FoxNews next week. Trump is not showing up to debates…”
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) November 25, 2023
Roy first endorsed DeSantis for president in March, even before the GOP nominee-hopeful officially announced his bid. In an email to supporters, he wrote, “The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course.”
“America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination,” he added, going on to identify DeSantis as that leader.
Saturday’s endorsement comes on the heels of DeSantis securing the backing of an influential Iowa evangelical leader and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. His camp also expanded with the addition of a group of 10 South Carolina officials who switched their endorsement from Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) earlier this month following his suspension of the presidential campaign.
However, Trump remains a frontrunner for the party’s nomination, with DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley wrapped up in a battle for second place.