The Florida GOP has removed a provision in its bylaw requiring GOP candidates to pledge loyalty to the GOP primary candidate.
The bylaw was signed back in May with some backlash.
Many attribute this as a win to President Trump, who has famously rejected any such pledge.
More from Fox News:
Neither Trump nor DeSantis attended the meeting, as they were both giving speeches in Washington D.C. at the Family Research Council’s annual Pray, Vote, Stand conference around the same time the vote was taking place.
DeSantis campaign press secretary Bryan Griffin said in a statement that “anyone who wants to run for president as a Republican should be willing to pledge their support for our eventual nominee.”
Trump’s campaign did not immediately release a comment regarding the vote.
This was a smart move from the GOP.
If President Trump weren’t on the ballot, there would be riots.
BREAKING NEWS: The @FloridaGOP Executive Committee just voted to REMOVE AND REVOKE the May 2023 rule change they made which would have denied @realDonaldTrump ballot access unless he signed a loyalty oath!
This means President Trump will be on the 2024 Florida GOP primary… https://t.co/DNU09dPpNK
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) September 16, 2023
Florida GOP Sides with Trump over DeSantis, Scraps Loyalty Oath
– The only guy in Florida who needs to take a Loyalty Oath is Ron DeSantis – he forgot who brought him to the dance when he stabbed Trump in the back!https://t.co/ahYaxGp4t9
— ⚔️Nevada El Jefe🔥💯TRUMPMAN🔥IFBP (@OldNevadaElJefe) September 16, 2023
HAH!!! WINNINGGGGGG!!!🍾🍾Florida GOP gives a victory to Trump over DeSantis by scrapping a proposed primary ballot rulehttps://t.co/1NKNohh1fa
— Deplorable Ms B (@JoMahma4) September 16, 2023
The New York Post has more on the story:
The language of the pledge was approved by the party in May, and filed with Florida elections officials in July. It was slated to be a required step for all GOP candidates seeking to appear on the state’s March 19 primary ballots and followed the Republican National Committee announcement earlier this year that GOP presidential debate participants must vow to back the party’s standard-bearer in order to be allowed onstage.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign spokesman blasted Friday’s vote.
“We believe anyone who wanted to run for president as a Republican should be willing to pledge their support for our eventual nominee,” Bryan Griffin told NBC News. “It is surprising that anyone interested in seeing the defeat of Joe Biden in 2024 would disagree.”
“Once Ron DeSantis secures the party’s nomination, we hope everyone in the field will join him in that fight,” he added.
The fact that this occurred does not bode well for Ron Desanctimonious.
His grip over Florida is loosening.
If he were smart, he would drop out of the GOP race and try to secure his footing in Florida.