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Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign is off to a sluggish start, but that doesn’t mean he’s going go easy on his likely competitor for the Republican nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. In fact, it sounds like the former president has already fired a warning shot at his probable foe — and it’s going to get ugly.
On Monday, Donald Trump appeared on The Water Cooler podcast where he discussed the idea of DeSantis seeking the GOP nomination. “So now I hear he might want to run against me. So we’ll handle that the way I handle things,” he said. That honestly sounds like Americans are in for another ugly, trash-talking campaign — and it’s something many voters would rather avoid, but Donald Trump is going to lean in all the way.
The 45th president is also taking credit for DeSantis’ Florida win in 2018 with the humblebrag, “I got him elected, pure and simple.” We would love to hear the governor’s response to Donald Trump’s claims, but so far, he’s been silent. DeSantis has not launched an official campaign for president, but his wife, Casey DeSantis, is already dressing the first lady part and he has a book coming out on Feb. 28, The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival, so it sure feels like it’s happening.
Donald Trump has been criticized lately for having “no political skills left” by members of the Republican Party, who are seeking new leadership after his tumultuous administration and disappointing midterm election results. While former Vice President Mike Pence might throw his hat in the ring, it looks like DeSantis is the heir apparent right now — and Donald Trump is gearing up for a nasty fight.
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