Former President Donald Trump dismissed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a potential 2024 presidential challenger in a headline-making interview over the weekend.
Trump remains the dominant figure in Republican politics, and he’s not afraid to say so.
Speaking by phone with Yahoo! News Sunday, Trump said, “If I faced [DeSantis], I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”
Trump: "I'd beat [DeSantis] like I would beat everyone else." @maggieNYT says "this is sounds like someone who is heeding what some of his advisors are saying. …He is clearly laying down a marker with DeSantis here." pic.twitter.com/UOj69LXCml
— Alli Hedges Maser (@AllisonLHedges) October 4, 2021
“I don’t think I will face him,” added Trump, who has not declared his candidacy. “I think most people would drop out. I think he wold drop out.”
THE ‘MAGA’ MOJO
- DeSantis, Trump’s leading potential rival, has been careful to defer to his “MAGA” mentor.
- On Fox News’ “Hannity” last week, DeSantis denied having any plans to run for president, saying, “I’m not considering doing anything but my job.”
- DeSantis also confirmed he is running for reelection as governor.