With all eyes once again on Donald Trump this week, the nation is being railroaded into some serious conversations about the 2024 election.
Trump has been in the crosshairs of an allegedly vindictive Biden administration and its federal law enforcement, leading many to wonder to what lengths the left will go to deter the former President from running for office again. Trump, of course, has been defiant, showing no signs of slowing down his political ambitions.
But that doesn’t mean that some aren’t smelling blood in the water, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been making all manner of maneuvers that could be construed as posturing for the presidency.
Former President Donald Trump’s hold over the Republican party remained at a rally that he did not attend in Phoenix over the weekend as some of the biggest candidates in the 2022 cycle decried the FBI search on Mar-a-Lago.
“I really anticipate that the state of Florida will be the one to get the election wave off the ground,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said during his roughly 46-minute appearance at an event for Arizona Senate nominee Blake Masters and gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake.Trending:
DeSantis, who is up for reelection in 2022, came in second in a recent CPAC straw poll for the 2024 presidential election, 45 points behind Trump – although the poll was taken before the FBI search. But when Trump was taken out of the poll, DeSantis was in the lead.
The location of the rally was seen as strategic.
DeSantis’ visit to Arizona in particular, a perennial presidential battleground former president Donald Trump narrowly lost in 2020, comes after multiple polls show DeSantis as the second pick for most GOP voters for president in 2024, behind Trump.
But attendees in Phoenix gave raucous applause to the southeast governor as he ticked through his COVID-19 response, his criticisms of Mr. Biden, and a string of controversial bills he passed related to education that restricts conversation about gender identity and sexuality from kindergarten through the third grade.
DeSantis has been rather coy about any potential plans for 2024, but has been visiting GOP megadonors in Utah – a surefire sign that the election is on his mind.