Former President Donald Trump hinted in an interview what he predicts about the upcoming 2024 presidential Republican primary. When confronted with a question about himself versus GOP star Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Trump responded that he expects DeSantis to “drop out” like most other Republicans would.
DeSantis has enjoyed skyrocketing appeal amongst conservative voters in the past two years, but Trump is certain that if DeSantis were to try and swipe the 2024 GOP nomination “I’d beat him.”
Trump is extremely influential and popular with GOP politicians and Republican voters, enjoy a kingmaker status and role within the party’s politics while he continues to flirt with the possibility of a third presidential campaign run for the White House.
Early polling shows that Trump is still an overwhelming front-runner, but polls tested where Trump may not be an option favor both former Vice President Mike Pence and Ron DeSantis from amongst a broad field of potential candidates.
DeSantis’ rapid rise to fame with conservatives came as a result of how he handled the COVID-19 pandemic in his state, pushing back against overbearing and restrictive federal policies.
DeSantis faces reelection for governor next year, but continues to pique interest surrounding 2024 as he makes political trips outside of his home state. DeSantis most recently visited western New York state as a keynote speaker for a fundraiser.
During Trump’s interview, the former president said that he doesn’t expect to square off against DeSantis because the governor, like other Republicans, would simply “drop out” rather than face him. Trump was quick to add that in the event of facing off against DeSantis, he would win.
Last week, DeSantis told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he wasn’t considering reaching for “anything beyond doing my job,” pushing back on some peoples campaign speculations. The governor said that he had “a lot of stuff” to do still in Florida and that he was gearing up for the reelection campaign next year.
When Trump was pressed about a 2024 run in the past, he said “I don’t think [the Trump campaign team is] going to have a choice.” Most recently, Trump said to an audience of first responders on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 that he already knew what he was going to do, he just couldn’t discuss it due to “ridiculous” campaign finance laws.
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) October 3, 2021
Author: Thomas McDonald