Donald Trump ‘planning to launch 2024 presidential campaign in Florida’ to scupper any designs rising GOP star Governor Ron DeSantis may have on a White House run
- Donald Trump has not yet committed to a run at the White House in 2024
- Sources say the former president is concerned at other ‘rising stars’ in GOP
- One plan could be to announce as early as this summer to unsettle Ron DeSantis
- Trump has been asking aides to look for suitable locations close to Florida Governor’s mansion for a campaign launch
- Trump’s concern has been growing following a recent straw poll in which DeSantis beat Trump when conservatives were asked who they’d like to see win
While Donald Trump remains coy over whether he will make a second run fro the White House in 20204, attention is turning to another name in the Republican party who could very well give the former president a run for his money.
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis.has emerged as a possible candidate for the Republican party’s presidential nomination.
Indeed, DeSantis beat Trump in a recent straw poll asking conservatives who they’d like to see at the top of the ticket in 2024.
The poll was taken at the Western Conservative Summit earlier this month where 1,114 attendees were asked to check off as many candidates as they’d like to see run in 2024 from a list of top potentials.
DeSantis, 43, was checked off by 71.0 percent of respondents, Trump by 67.8, and Sen. Ted Cruz in third by 28.7 percent. DeSantis also won the straw poll last year.
DeSantis’ rising star within GOP ranks is said to have rattled the former president so much that he is now looking at various ways to unsettle any plans the Florida governor may have for a presidential bid of his own. They include Trump launching his 2024 from the Sunshine State and hosting a massive party close to the governor’s mansion.
Donald Trump has not yet committed to a run at the White House in 2024 but sources say the former president is concerned at other ‘rising stars’ in GOP
Although Trump wishes to appear as kingmaker when it comes to the GOP, his star has lost its luster somewhat with some Republicans starting to grow weary of the ‘big lie’ that the 2020 election was stolen.
Trump’s influence over the party has also taken a hit following the increased scrutiny over the January 6 2021 riot that led to a siege on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
DeSantis could be the fresh start the GOP is looking for – able to embrace the core values of Trumpism but without his two impeachments or the seven million vote loss at the end of his first term.
DeSantis is favorite to comfortably win re-election in November which he could then use as a launchpad for a 2024 nomination, whether or not Trump decides to run again.
‘There is no real party standard-bearer at the moment, and DeSantis in many eyes is starting to define the post-Trump party,’ veteran Republican operative Tyler Sandberg told Politico. ‘He fights more about policy and less on his Twitter account.’
DeSantis has so far not commented on the speculation, but he is fundraising in other states apart from his own.
One plan could be to announce as early as this summer to unsettle Ron DeSantis who is campaigning for re-election as Governor of Florida
Trump’s concern has been growing following a recent straw poll in which DeSantis beat Trump when conservatives were asked who they’d like to see win
But Trump could be looking to strike early and is contemplating launching a campaign for the presidency as soon as this summer from Florida in a bid to send a message to DeSantis.
Trump’s idea would be to hold a flashy rally before the 2022 midterm elections.
Holding it in Florida would further assert his dominance over DeSantis, he believes.
I has even been suggested Trump has asked his staff to look for suitable locations, preferably close to the Florida Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee in a further attempt to send him a message.
‘One time that he did bring up the Florida [launch] scenario was quickly followed by him commenting on how terrible DeSantis was at public speaking and commanding an audience … [and that he’s] lacking in so much charisma and he’s so boring that Florida Republicans would leave Ron immediately for Trump [in a 2024 match-up],’ a source told Rolling Stone.
Trump is said to be telling people around him how he believes DeSantis to be ‘overrated’ or ‘very overrated!’
Neither Trump nor DeSantis have formally committed to running for the presidency, yet
Aides are said to have pleaded with Trump to hold off from announcing for as long as possible, for it would remove any kind of benefits his current fundraising model employs, with all cash needing to be directed to the campaign.
But Trump is keen to throw a spanner in the works and upset any other potential GOP candidates who might be considering taking a shot at Pennsylvania Avenue.
Either way, it is clear that Trump would not give up his right to campaign for a second term without an internal party struggle first.
‘DeSantis is a newer, fresher face. The age difference between DeSantis and Biden would show a contrast between young and old that would cut across party lines,’ said Dan Eberhart, a major donor to the Republicans and who has given to the Trump campaign in the past.
‘Trump’s profile is large but we did [lose] both the House and Senate under his watch.I would reluctantly give to Trump [again] if he was the nominee but I am hoping the next nominee’s initials are not DJT.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis beat out former President Trump in a straw poll asking conservatives who they’d like to see at the top of the ticket in 2024