Donald Trump Jr. has just expressed his belief that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) 2024 presidential campaign is finished.
Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, said as much in a recent, exclusive interview that he did with Breitbart News.
Trump Jr.'s interview with Breitbart comes after the recently held Republican primary debate. Many believe that entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy emerged as the winner of the debate.
Former President Trump did not participate. He chose, instead, to do an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The interview, at the time of this writing, has received over 260 million views, suggesting that, in actuality, it was Trump who won the debate - even though he was not there.
Whether you view Trump or Ramaswamy as the winner of the debate, one thing that most seem to be in agreement on is that DeSantis' debate performance left much to be desired - especially considering that DeSantis is supposed to be Trump's top rival.
Trump Jr. provided to Breitbart his take on DeSantis's debate performance. Trump Jr., in doing so, highlighted some memorable moments from the debate, including the one in which the moderators asked the candidates whether they would support Trump as their party's 2024 candidate even if he is convicted.
Ramaswamy was the first to raise his hand, indicating that he would. Several others followed suit. But, DeSantis hesitated, looking around the room to see what the others were doing before deciding to raise his hand.
Trump Jr. argues that this shows that DeSantis is "not capable of making a decision."
Trump Jr. continued:
He was looking for his donors, or maybe he was looking for his consultant, Jeff Roe, who’s made $50 million off of him this cycle just racking up money. They’re not going to do anything different. He couldn’t answer the most basic question or read the room. He had to look around and see what people are doing. That’s the difference.
Trump Jr. went on to emphasize his point that DeSantis struggles with things that require "spontaneity." Trump Jr. even went so far as to say that DeSantis is "not capable of spontaneity."
Trump Jr. opined that it is this deficiency that will stop DeSantis from becoming the president in 2024 - or even the Republican Party's candidate.
"I think it’s over," Trump Jr. said.
Whether or not this is the case is unclear.
The polls, however, do make it clear that former President Trump is dominating DeSantis and the rest of the Republican field. Trump currently leads DeSantis, on average, by 40.6 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics.