Rumor has it that Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis will run for the presidency in 2024, or at least should. But with no actual announcement made yet, it’s hard to tell just what will happen.
Then again, a newly released book might offer just the opinions needed to decipher a possible run.
If you haven’t figured it out, 2024 and its bound-to-be-heated presidential election is coming up rather quickly. While the word is still out on whether or not incumbent Democratic President Joe Biden will run again, there are more than a few likely GOP candidates.
Naturally, former President Donald Trump is one such individual.
Joining him in the ring so far is former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced a run a few weeks back. More recently, anti-woke tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has made a bid for the primary nomination.
And I’m sure by the end of this year, several more from the Republican Party will likely throw their hats in as well. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is one such possibility, as is former Vice President Mike Pence.
But the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Ron DeSantis will join the race.
Well, for starters, he’s considered to be one of the most popular and successful Republicans in the nation right now. In fact, people from all over have already been calling him “America’s governor” for some time now.
Given this, imagining him as America’s president wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
And Trump knows this, which is precisely why he’s already started taking on the Florida governor in recent social media posts and during his rallies. Hell, he even has a nickname for his potential rival already: Ron DeSanctimonious.
But, as I said, DeSantis hasn’t made any announcement yet.
Now, some might see this as simply bidding his time. After all, the earlier he announces a run, the more time contenders like Trump will have to run his name through the mud.
Then again, as you likely know, any presidential race is going to require quite a bit of funding and support, which means he had better get his name out there and soon if he’s going to make a go of it. As it stands, Trump is already quite far ahead of everyone on that front.
So maybe he isn’t looking to take on Trump.
And words from his book “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival” seem to echo this idea.
Despite Trump’s recent badgering, DeSantis’ book is full of high praise for the 45th president.
As David Smith of the Guardian pointed out, the book credits Trump with a whole slew of things, including helping DeSantis win the gubernatorial election in 2018, standing up to the political swamp that Washington DC has become, and unifying Republican voters in a way that hasn’t been done in decades.
In fact, DeSantis even compares Trump to the great Ronald Reagan, one of the most revered figures of the Republican Party. According to DeSantis, Trump not only brought a good measure of “unique star power” as Reagan did but also a much-needed ability to reject “the old-guard way of doing business and who could speak to (the people’s) concerns and aspirations.”
DeSantis went on to explain that while many might see the “Trump movement” as a hostile takeover of sorts of the Republican Party, DeSantis says it’s done just the opposite, giving the GOP grassroots and the Party as a whole a freedom they hadn’t experienced since Reagan.
“Trump supported policies that appealed to the base in a way that GOP leaders in the DC swamp had been either incapable of doing or unwilling to do.”
Now, to be sure, this high praise doesn’t make a 2024 DeSantis run impossible. But it sure makes us think twice about America’s governor’s intentions to do so.