Donald Trump: ‘I was very responsible for Ron DeSantis getting elected’
Is Ron DeSantis a threat to Donald Trump in 2024?

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Trump keeps diminishing DeSantis in interviews, as 2024 buzz increases.

Former President Donald Trump is downplaying a potential Ron DeSantis presidential run in 2024, while again reminding supporters who made whom in the Trump-DeSantis dynamic.

Trump, during an interview Monday on Newsmax with Eric Bolling, continued to stoke the embers of his own 2024 bid, reminding viewers that he was “way up in the polls” and the like. However, those assurances did not dissuade the Trump-friendly Bolling from serving up a softball question about DeSantis.

“I don’t know that he wants to run. I have a good relationship with Ron. I don’t know that he wants to run. I haven’t seen it. You’re telling me something that I have not seen, so we’ll see what happens, but if he did, he did,” Trump said. “But I was very responsible for him getting elected.”

Trump, in a New Yorker interview published this week, said DeSantis likely wouldn’t run, but if he did, Trump would win.

Quotes along these lines from Trump have been often repeated as DeSantis has become more of a peer figure among the grassroots GOP. Trump has also previously said he thought DeSantis would “drop out” of any 2024 race if Trump got in.

Trump continues to jab DeSantis regarding the prized endorsement in 2018. He has said as far back as last year that he wasn’t “too thrilled” about endorsing DeSantis because “people didn’t really know who he was.”

“So when Ron asked me for help, for an endorsement.” Trump added, “He was at 3(%), and 3(%) means you don’t have a chance. He went up like a rocket ship.”

Trump noted DeSantis’ chief Primary opponent, Adam Putnam, told him the endorsement was “like a nuclear weapon went off.”

“We gave up, we didn’t spend our money, it was over,” Trump quoted Putnam as saying.

DeSantis has been coy when asked about 2024, calling the chatter about it “nonsense” for months. Yet he still addressed this topic as recently as a Fox News interview this month.

“The interesting thing about me is people will always inject my name into it, just based off what I’m doing in Florida,” DeSantis said. “It’s a little bit different for me. I think there’s obviously people that, the minute 2020 ended, have been basically running, and they’re going around doing all that stuff. That’s just not what I’ve been doing. I’ve just been focusing on the task at hand.”

Also this month, DeSantis downplayed recent straw polls showing him as a leading presidential contender in 2024.

“I don’t do straw polls. They just put my name into these things, you know? It’s just, like, so what am I supposed to do? Like they sell merchandise and everything. I kind of would like to get royalties on that,” DeSantis quipped.

DeSantis continues to demonstrate a national reach with the most passionate partisans in the party.

Earlier this month, the Western Conservative Summit 2024 straw poll in Colorado saw 71% approval for a DeSantis run, four points ahead of Trump. No other candidate drew even 30% support.

A poll of 325 attendees at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, reported by WisPolitics.com, saw DeSantis receive 38% of the vote in a hypothetical 2024 GOP field that included over two dozen potential candidates. Trump was six points behind the Governor.

Closer to home, a Jacksonville straw poll held by the conservative radio station WBOB, which included over 700 respondents, saw DeSantis top Trump 53% to 47%.

DeSantis continues to surge in 2024 prediction markets. He is three cents ahead of Trump on the PredictIt General Election market.

Formal polling of a potential race, meanwhile, shows Trump is still atop the hypothetical 2024 horse race. The Club for Growth told the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman that Trump won “handily” in a series of statewide head-to-head polls of a potential Primary matchup with DeSantis.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


7 comments

  • PeterH

    June 20, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    The first truthful statement coming out of Trump’s mouth.

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    • Impeach Biden

      June 20, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      So what’s your point? Turns out DeSantis, you know the one that went to school at Yale, was Captain of the baseball team, then attended Harvard Law, and finally became a United States Naval Officer. He was a much better selection than your boy Gillum, the drug head and male prostitute popper.

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      • Bill

        June 21, 2022 at 7:41 am

        Josh Hawley went to Yale and Stanford as well and look at him. I’m not sure that “he/she went to such and such a college” counts for much anymore. They all seem to get really stupid when they play to their base. That having been said, it will certainly be an interesting primary season if both DeSantis and trump run.

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  • Harold Finch

    June 21, 2022 at 8:21 am

    The televised Jan 6th Congressional Hearings have opend a lot of moderate republican’s eyes, and there is a huge number of them that would support DeSantis in a Primary.
    In other words, Trump is Toast!!!

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    • Gene

      June 21, 2022 at 11:28 am

      Dream on. The hearings are a bust.

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      • Tjb

        June 22, 2022 at 2:36 pm

        The real bust was when Trump and the supporter attempted to overthrow democracy on Jan 6. Americans democracy survived that day.

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  • rass

    June 21, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Please God, have both these clowns leave Florida. Rona and the Tramp, both grifters and baldface liars. Put on your Made in China MAGA hats, and send your money to Frick and Frack if you wish, comrades. This Cracker isn’t impressed with these shameless efforts to destroy our State and Nation. Any reasonable person listening with an open mind to the January 6th sworn testimony could only conclude that Tramp lost the presidential election and that Biden won. It’s BS to call hard core republicans from Arizona and Georgia “RINO” as they were not inclined to fudge the facts and evidence because they are loyal to God and Country. Tramp is a psychopath and Rona is working on becoming one.

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