In the aftermath of numerous indictments and attacks from the left, Donald Trump has surged in the GOP primaries. Although voting doesn’t start until January 2024, it appears the former president has a commanding lead. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at one point gave Trump a run for his money.
But now, according to some polls, he is in danger of getting surpassed by little-known candidates. Recently, DeSantis was forced to restructure his campaign, firing state and “rebooting.” It is unknown if these changes will help keep him in the running. But soon after this news came out, Donald Trump gave him a piece of advice.
“I think he has to get out for the good of the party,” Trump said. “He could have waited and he would have been odds-on favorite for ’28 but he didn’t do that. I got him elected. If it weren’t for me he wouldn’t be governor, he’d be working in a law office right now or doing whatever he was going to do.”
Donald Trump called out Ron DeSantis after the governor had to reboot his campaign. The former president urged DeSantis to drop out of the race “for the good of the party.” It’s unclear what Trump means when he says “good of the party.” [Source: The Post Millennial]
How is DeSantis’s campaign not good for the party? Numerous other Republicans are running for president, yet Trump isn’t urging them to drop out. In fact, Trump rarely speaks about the other people running against him.
But he does frequently attack DeSantis, who won his re-election bid in 2022 by over 1 million votes. Trump’s constant attacks against DeSantis make it seem that the governor is his only real competition. And Trump is capitalizing on his high polls today, to give him an upper hand.
Trump went on to criticize DeSantis’s campaigning abilities, despite the governor’s massive successes in Florida. The former president accused DeSantis of being a “lousy campaigner.”
We can’t predict what will happen in the coming months. DeSantis might continue to fall behind the former president. Or, all these indictments against Trump will catch up to him, draining enthusiasm from his campaign.
One thing we are sure of, right now though, is that DeSantis is unlikely to take Trump’s advice.
Author: Bo Dogan