Trump Calls on DeSantis to Drop Out Now for the Good of the Party

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The New York Times has released the first major demographic polling for the 2024 Republican presidential primary, and it has devastating news for the dwindling fanbase of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Former President Donald Trump spoke to the American Sunrise podcast on Friday morning. He says the latest polling suggests that DeSantis should simply drop out now “for the good of the party.”

The DeSantis campaign has had to launch yet another reboot after burning through too much donor cash too quickly and after firing at least 38 staffers by the end of July.

“He could have waited, and he would have been odds-on favorite for ‘28, but he didn’t do that,” said Trump. “I got him elected. If it weren’t for me, he wouldn’t be governor, he’d be working in a law office right now or doing whatever he was going to do.”

The polling released by the Times shows Trump with a dominating lead over the entire field, with 53% of Republican voters supporting him. An astonishing 68% of Hispanic voters support Trump for the nomination, which has to have even the Democrats slightly worried at this point.

Ron DeSantis is trailing with a meager 17% of voter support. The next closest are Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Tim Scott, each polling at 3% apiece. No one else is really even on the board.

“The fact is he’s a lousy campaigner,” said Trump, referring to the Florida governor.

The former president also says he is now considering participating in the first GOP debate on Fox News on August 23rd. That should be entertaining if nothing else. Here is former President Trump as he mentions that he is speculating about joining the first debate: