The Republican Party of Florida sided with former President Donald Trump over Gov. Ron DeSantis last week, rescinding the state’s loyalty oath primary requirement.
Earlier in 2023, the Florida GOP voted to require presidential candidates sign a pledge to support the party’s future nominee to make it on the state’s March 19 primary ballot.
Trump has admitted he would not sign any loyalty pledge.
“Why would I sign it? I can name three or four people that I wouldn’t support for president. So right there, there’s a problem,” Trump claimed.
Florida’s move came as the Republican National Committee implemented a similar loyalty pledge requirement for candidates to appear on the debate stage. However, Republican state Sen. Joe Gruters brought a motion to rescind the loyalty pledge at the Florida GOP’s quarterly meeting in Orlando on Friday. The vote to rescind the pledge passed on an “overwhelming voice vote,” according to Greuters.