Trump urges DeSantis NOT to run against him in 2024 because he’s not doing well in the polls, will divide the Republican party and ‘lose the cherished and massive’ MAGA vote
- Trump warned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis against running for president in 2024
- Claimed a bid would ruin his ability to ‘successfully run for office again’
- DeSantis has not yet announced a White House run
Donald Trump is continuing his tear against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by claiming a 2024 White House bid would destroy his chances of being able to ever win another election.
The ex-president called DeSantis ‘young’ and suggested that he might have a more bright political future if he remains governor of Florida to the end of his second term in 2026.
Previously, Trump claimed it would be highly ‘disloyal’ if DeSantis launched a 2024 presidential run.
‘Ron DeSantis is a young man who is not doing well against me in the polls, to put it mildly,’ Trump posted to his Truth Social platform.
Former President Donald Trump warned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis against running for president in 2024 because it will ruin his ability to ‘successfully run for office again’
‘I believe that if he decides to run for President, which will only hurt and somewhat divide the Republican Party, he will lose the cherished and massive MAGA vote, and never be able to successfully run for office again,’ the former president continued.
‘If he remains Governor, which is what Florida voters assumed, it would be a whole different story….JUST SAYIN’ – But who knows?’
Trump is a resident of Florida, changing his address in the middle of his presidency from his lifelong home of New York City.
DeSantis has not yet announced a bid for president – and has stayed coy on whether he will make a White House run. But his recent actions, including visiting early primary states and releasing a book and going on tour, have only fueled speculation.
His book outlined actions he took as governor of Florida that he believes could be applied to the rest of the United States.
Trump was the first Republican to announce his run in the 2024 primary race in November 2022. He is facing three official challengers so far – his former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asak Hutchinson and biotech multimillionaire Vivek Ramaswamy.
Polling shows that DeSantis is the only potential 2024 candidate that even gets close to Trump’s figures. Only in a few niche polls, however, has DeSantis bested the former president.
Trump also called out a poll showing DeSantis trailing him by 15 percent among Florida Republican primary voters as another sign that he shouldn’t run against him.
‘I guess Ron DeSantis is not quite as popular in Florida as people thought,’ he posted on his social media platform Monday afternoon. ‘I assume, among other things, that they don’t want their Social Security and MediCare cut!’
The hypothetical head-to-head showed Trump with 47 percent support and DeSantis with 32 percent.
Trump posted to his Truth Social platform Monday that a White House bid from the ‘young man’ DeSantis would just ‘divide the Republican Party’
Many believe that the indictment of Trump has only emboldened the MAGA base and increased his popularity as a GOP martyr among the Republican Party.
Trump’s campaign also released a lengthy statement on Monday questioning if DeSantis will ‘flip-flop’ on Florida’s so-called ‘resign to run’ law in order to make a White House bid in 2024.
Resign to run is a Florida law that requires lawmakers on the state level to step down from their position if they are officially running for a different public office.
Many have speculated that this is another reason why DeSantis has not yet announced a run, claiming he wants the Florida’s Republican supermajority legislature to change the laws so he can run without resigning from the State House.