While it’s safe to presume that most supporters of former President Donald Trump want to see him make another run for the White House in 2024, it’s also probably safe to say they don’t want him to face off against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
However, even with DeSantis squarely in Trump’s corner on virtually every issue, given his rise in popularity over the past year, it’s not a stretch to bet that DeSantis has at least mulled the possibility of running in 2024. If that were to happen, Trump says he wouldn’t have any problem beating him, according to Fox News.
Given the results of a number of polls this year placing Trump at the top of the heap, by leaps and bounds, as far as how many Republican voters would choose him as the party’s nominee, the possibility exists that DeSantis, who often comes in second place, is considering his political future in the White House.
Trump’s take on the matter came via several excerpts from an interview set to be published by Yahoo Finance.
When asked what would happen if he were forced to face off against the popular Florida governor, Trump’s reply was short and to the point.
“I’d beat him,” Trump said. “If I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”
The former president admitted that it was unlikely DeSantis would opt to run against him, though. “I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.”
It doesn’t appear that such a hypothetical situation is even likely to occur, as DeSantis recently informed Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he isn’t considering anything beyond running the state of Florida.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year and we’re also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race,” DeSantis said at the time.
The Republican governor added: “I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job.”
Meanwhile, the former president has hinted on numerous occasions that he’s primed to jump back in another race to take the White House, telling Fox News recently about the idea of another run, “I don’t think we’re going to have a choice.”
“I know what I’m going to do, but I’m not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws, which, frankly, are ridiculous,” Trump said.