As Donald Trump continues to fend off an exuberant and exhaustive effort to keep him from reelection in 2024, (and from a number of disparate sources), there is plenty of speculation to be had regarding who else might find themselves with the itch to run as well.
Several names have been floating about the political ether, but none has had quite the oomph as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The Sunshine State lawmaker has been raising his national profile for months, even going so far as to test out some new catchphrases ahead of any potential election announcement.
Now it appears as though others with a potential stake in the 2024 race have noticed, and are piling on the insults against DeSantis.
Potential Republican presidential candidates and their allies are stepping up attacks on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he emerges as the early front-runner for the GOP’s 2024 nomination.Trending:
In recent days, DeSantis has found himself on the receiving end of criticism from fellow GOP heavy hitters, like South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. He’s also rankled former President Trump, who’s running for the White House once again and sees DeSantis as perhaps his biggest obstacle to securing the GOP nod.
And these other potential candidates did not hold back.
Sununu took a swipe at DeSantis last week in an interview with Fox News, saying that while he ultimately agreed with the Florida governor’s effort to target “woke” policies — a term that has become an inseparable part of DeSantis’s political brand — DeSantis’s posture against private businesses that disagree with him crosses a line.
“Look, I come from the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, and private businesses can and should act like private businesses without the fear of being punished by people that might disagree with them,” Sununu, who’s fresh off a successful reelection campaign, told Fox News.
“I agree with a lot of those issues that Ron brings to the table — I think he’s right — but to necessarily punish private businesses because they don’t agree with the policy or whatever it might be, those types of culture wars pushing their way into the private sector, that’s definitely not, I don’t think, where we want to be as Americans.”
In another attack that drew headlines, a spokesperson for Noem, another 2024 prospect, let loose on DeSantis last week over the Florida governor’s record on abortion.Advertisement - story continues below
In a statement to the conservative National Review, the spokesperson, Ian Fury, accused DeSantis of doing little to crack down on abortion in Florida despite the Supreme Court’s decision last year to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights case.
“Where was Gov. DeSantis? Hiding behind a 15-week ban,” Fury said. “Does he believe that 14-week-old babies don’t have a right to live?”
And while these attacks on DeSantis are meant to harm him, they also demonstrate the abject concern that these folks have about the as-of-yet-unannounced 2024 candidate…and that may be the more valuable revelation here.