Although DeSantis also asserted that “the time for excuses is over” and that the party “cannot focus the election on the past or on other secondary issues,” he did not specifically mention the sole reason the party is focusing on those . issues: the former president who denies the 2020 elections.
Still, he seemed to like that “losing culture” phrase so much that he used it again Monday during a press conference in Florida, when a reporter asked him to acknowledge that Trump lost and that there was no voter fraud.
AlterNet Notes that the main point of the press conference was to express support for state legislation that would limit or prohibit state university spending on programs related to race and diversity. And DeSantis also wanted to tell prospective college students who might want degrees that he doesn’t like to leave the Sunshine State, for example, if they want to “do things like gender ideology.”
But while DeSantis had no problem calling young college students exploring career goals, he was reluctant to call Trump, saying only: “I think the party has developed a culture of losing.”