According to the Washington Examiner, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has recently gained a number of significant legislative victories that could give him a "major boost" should he choose to run for the U.S. presidency in 2024.
This is the exact sort of thing that former President Donald Trump does not want to hear.
That's because DeSantis is Trump's chief Republican rival for 2024 - at least, if the polls are to be believed. It ought to be noted that DeSantis, himself, has yet to announce his candidacy. Although, it seems fairly clear that he is positioning himself for such a run.
Trump, however, has announced his 2024 candidacy. And, Trump has made it clear to DeSantis that he doesn't want DeSantis to challenge him. Trump, at one point, even stated that such a challenge from DeSantis would be "a great act of disloyalty."
According to the Examiner, DeSantis achieved a number of legislative victories in Florida last week.
The outlet reports, "during a five-day special legislative session this week, the GOP-controlled House and Senate approved seven bills that expand much of DeSantis's agenda that has catapulted the governor into the national spotlight in recent years."
The Examiner adds that the bills include "measures that would expand his controversial migrant transport program as well as a further crackdown on election-related crimes."
The Examiner goes on to report in more detail what these measures specifically do.
But, some are now arguing that DeSantis worked with Republican allies in Florida's legislature to pass these measures specifically to boost his national profile. But, if the legislation is good Republican legislation, then this isn't the most convincing criticism.
As stated, DeSantis has yet to indicate whether he will or will not seek the U.S. presidency in 2024.
But, the polls have made it clear that DeSantis is a significant player - that he could potentially win not only the Republican nomination but also the general election. And, this, alone, has been enough to make DeSantis a target both by Trump and the Democrats.
Trump's criticism of DeSantis was alluded to earlier. But, President Joe Biden has also recently taken aim at DeSantis in his State of the Union address.
There, Biden criticized DeSantis for opposing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, saying, "over 1.1 million people in Florida would be eligible for Medicaid if Governor DeSantis just said, ‘I agree to expand it.'"
There is still some time before the 2024 festivities really get going. But, it is clear that things are heating up.