In the coming days, (or maybe weeks), the 2022 midterm elections will be past us, and we’ll begin seeing the first stages of the 2024 presidential race start coming together.
In fact, much of the groundwork for the larger machinations of the race have already been laid, by folks like Donald Trump who will be making a “major announcement” at Mar a Lago one week from today. (Spoiler alert: He’s going to run again in 2024).
But that hasn’t stopped some, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, from getting the ball rolling for his own run.
According to a recent interview with Fox News, former President Trump thinks that such a move would not only be bad for the GOP, but that it could bring to light some very unflattering things about DeSantis.
During a rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend, Trump mocked DeSantis and referred to him as “Ron DeSanctimonious” in what some suggested was a sign of growing tension between the two over 2024. The following day, Trump gave his support to DeSantis, who is in a competitive gubernatorial race, and urged voters to cast their ballots for him.Trending:
When asked whether the two are in some kind of “tiff,” Trump replied, “There’s not a tiff with me, and I’m way up in the polls,” Trump said. “No, there’s not.”
Later in the interview, Trump said DeSantis is a “fine guy.”Advertisement - story continues below
“I don’t know if he is running. I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly,” Trump said. “I think he would be making a mistake, I think the base would not like it — I don’t think it would be good for the party.”
“Any of that stuff is not good — you have other people that possibly will run, I guess,” he added. “I don’t know if he runs. If he runs, he runs.”
Trump did say that if DeSantis does run, “I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife.”
Trump’s behind the scenes feud with DeSantis has been ongoing for some time, with the former President seemingly unhappy with the Florida Governor’s possible run in 2024.