It’s no secret Donald Trump wants Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) to stay out of the 2024 presidential race.
In a recent Truth Social post, Trump tried to discourage DeSantis from entering the race by predicting the devastating defeat would affect the governor’s chances of holding any future political office.
“Ron DeSantis is a young man who is not doing well against me in the polls, to put it mildly,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “I believe that if he decides to run for President, which will only hurt and somewhat divide the Republican Party, he will lose the cherished and massive MAGA vote, and never be able to successfully run for office again.”
“If he remains Governor, which is what Florida voters assumed, it would be a whole different story….JUST SAYIN’ – But who knows?” Trump added.
DeSantis has not yet announced whether he is running for president in 2024, but he is widely expected to enter the race once Florida’s legislative session concludes.
The governor is widely viewed as Trump’s most formidable potential challenger based on polling data, however, national polls have shown Trump with a healthy lead over DeSantis and other potential challengers for the 2024 GOP nomination.
Trump and his team have ramped up attacks on DeSantis in recent weeks, even threatening to blacklist any officials who support the Governor from future positions.
According to a new report by right-of-center publication RealClearPolitics, Trump’s campaign has informed conservative operatives that anyone who works for the Florida governor will be blackballed.
According to sources with direct knowledge of the edict, Justin Caporale, who helps lead the advance team for the former president, has said that anyone who staffed a recent DeSantis book tour will be considered “persona non grata.” A top Trump ally was more comprehensive, telling RealClearPolitics that the prohibition would apply to more than just the junior aides tasked with setting up folding chairs and hanging banners.
“It’s a time for choosing,” the source close to the former president said. “If you work for Ron DeSantis’ presidential race, you will not work for the Trump campaign or in the Trump White House.”