Former President Donald Trump is expected to announce a campaign for a 2024 White House bid. And he is laying some groundwork that has created a buzz around Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has just finished a hugely successful campaign for his reelection as governor in Florida. Trump has threatened to disclose some unflattering information about DeSantis if he chooses to fun for president in 2024.
“If he runs, he runs,” Trump said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Trump called the governor “a fine guy,” but said that if he chooses to run, he will share things about DeSantis that won’t be very flattering. He said that he knows more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife. And Trump said that she is really running his campaign.
“I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly,” Trump said, according to the,media. “I think he would be making a mistake,” he said. “I think the base would not like it.” Fox News Digital also said that Trump does not believe the result would be good for the party.
Trump recently said that he is planning to make “a very big announcement” next week on November 15 at his estate at Mar-a-Lago.
Last week, Trump took a shot at DeSantis at a rally when he referred to him as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
DeSantis does not seem to be bothered by what Trump is doing. He just beat his opponent, Charlie Crist, by a huge margin in the 2022 gubernatorial contest. And he has growing popularity with many on the right who view him as a potential contender in 2024.
Crist previously served as Florida governor from 2007 through 2011 as a Republican. And in 2010, Crist ran for the U.S. Senate as an Independent and lost. He lost again in 2014 while running as a Democrat. And this year, he ran headfirst into the red wave that DeSantis was riding.