Former President Donald Trump has made it clear that he is ready to run for the U.S. presidency in 2024. During an interview with the Associated Press this past weekend, Trump warned Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) that running for president in 2024 would be “a great act of disloyalty”. This comes after Trump held two major campaign events in New Hampshire and South Carolina, which were the first major campaign events since he announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency in 2024.
DeSantis leads Trump 52% to 33% in a new SC poll:https://t.co/leAvhmJIMS
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) January 30, 2023
Trump’s comments regarding DeSantis followed his South Carolina speech, when he participated in an interview with the Associated Press. There, Trump commented on a possible Trump-DeSantis matchup in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. He said that if DeSantis runs, that’s fine, but he made it clear that he was way up in the polls and that DeSantis had no chance of winning before Trump got involved. Trump also revealed that he has not spoken with DeSantis in a long time.
If polling is to be believed, then the 2024 Republican primary is a two-horse race between Trump and DeSantis. These two have consistently topped other Republican presidential contenders by very wide margins. Before the midterm elections, Trump dominated every 2024 Republican Primary poll, significantly outpacing DeSantis by dozens of percentage points. However, some post-midterm polling has suggested that the Trump-DeSantis 2024 matchup could be much closer, with some polls even putting DeSantis slightly into the lead.
It is clear that Trump is trying to discourage other Republicans, including DeSantis, from seeking the Republican nomination in 2024. This would make Trump’s path to the Republican nomination that much easier. Although DeSantis has not announced whether or not he will seek the presidency, he has certainly positioned himself to be able to. Other Republicans vying for their party’s 2024 nomination include former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump says DeSantis running for president would be "a great act of disloyalty" https://t.co/JyMl7ubWT8 pic.twitter.com/zTt4NtQ3Nr
— The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2023
The race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency in 2024 is heating up and Donald Trump is making sure that he is in a strong position to win it. His warning to Governor Ron DeSantis (R) that running for president in 2024 would be “a great act of disloyalty” shows that he is serious about his candidacy and will do whatever it takes to ensure his success. It will be interesting to see how this race plays out as more and more Republicans enter the fray and try to secure their party’s nomination.
The preceding article is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Conservative Institute