Earlier this year, it appeared as if former President Donald Trump was a lock to be the GOP’s 2024 pick. At the time, he said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might make a good running mate.
But the situation has changed dramatically in recent weeks. And actually, in just the past few hours.
Now, it’s looking as if Trump vs. DeSantis is more likely — and many are predicting that the Florida leader is the new favorite.
The “red tidal wave” didn’t happen for Republicans and many politicos and pundits are already blaming the former President.
After so many Trump-backed candidates lost on election day, and DeSantis crushed his opponent, it looks like the GOP will be leaning in another direction.
However, that isn’t likely to stop Trump from making his “big announcement” on Nov. 15. And if he does, he’s hinting that he’s got the goods on DeSantis; info that could really hurt Ron’s image.
First, he told Fox News that DeSantis “could hurt himself very badly” if he runs in 2024.
Then he said:
I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife.
Trump added that DeSantis “would be making a mistake” and he didn’t think it would be “good for the party.”
But the allusion to secret dirt on the Florida governor is getting attention. And it comes as Trump is ramping up attacks on DeSantis, calling him “Ron DeSantimonious” in a rally last weekend.
Trump likely intends to announce his candidacy for 2024 on November 15 at Mar-a-Lago, but at this point it might not go over as well as expected.
And though it looked as if Trump and DeSantis were friendly at one point, things appear much more contentious now. DeSantis was apparently quoted as calling Trump a “moron” recently.
If the two were to butt heads on the campaign trail, Republican leaders wonder if right-wing citizens would really back the former POTUS.
Some GOP leaders are saying that the midterm results prove the country is done with Trump, or are at least moving away from him. That being the case, they may need another 2024 candidate.
On the flip side, Democrats have expressed concern about President Joe Biden running again, so it’ll be interesting to see who the final candidates are in two years.
- Former President Donald Trump suggested that he’s got dirt on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
- Trump said if DeSantis runs in 2024, he’ll reveal “things about him that won’t be very flattering.”
- Things are getting heated between the two GOP leaders, and now it’s looking like Republicans may be leaning more toward DeSantis.