After Florida Republicans rocked the 2022 midterms, there’s little doubt that Ron DeSantis is a future leader of the party. And perhaps the entire country. Many are suggesting that DeSantis should run for president in 2024–using his momentum from this year to sweep the presidential election.
But those plans have just become complicated after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for 2024. Don’t be fooled, Trump is still the de facto leader of the GOP, will an army of supporters millions strong. Could a DeSantis campaign for president tear the party apart? What might happen?
Reports asked the governor just that sort of thing. And this is what he said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis downplayed Wednesday suggestions that there was a “civil war brewing” between himself and former President Donald Trump for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination…
“People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff. I mean, seriously, we just ran an election. We have this Georgia runoff coming, which is very important for Republicans to win that Georgia runoff…”
“So at the end of the day, I think what we showed in Florida is just produce results, lead with conviction…”
And so we’re going to continue to deliver, we’re not going to look back. And I think that that’s very, very significant.” [Source: Daily Wire]
DeSantis dismissed speculation that there is growing conflict within the party over the 2024 Election. He said that Republicans need to focus on producing results, especially with the Georgia runoff next month.
It doesn’t seem DeSantis is willing to tip his hand regarding his 2024 plans. But his tone during this response could have been him signaling his intentions. His comments about “we’re not going to look back” could be a subtle hint that he will run in 2024.
DeSantis could just be taking his time since the election isn’t for another two years. Plenty can be done between now and then. And, regardless of claims of a “civil war” there was always going to be a lively primary race among Republicans. There is no Republican incumbent in the White House, so it will be up to voters to decide who they want to run.
There might be many candidates who throw their hats into the fight for 2024. That’s not a “civil war,” just the normal state of a primary season. We might be seeing Mike Pence, Ted Cruz, Ron DeSantis, and Donald Trump all run for president. Who ends up with the nomination will be decided by voters, not the media or establishment.
We’ll have to see what happens.
Author: Max Davis