While it is undeniable that Donald Trump is the most likely 2024 nominee for President on the GOP’s side of things, (at least as it stands now), the turbocharging that has befallen our nation’s political theater of late could mean that just about anything is still possible.
This is particularly true as Trump appears to be holding off on announcing his run officially, on account of the trouble it could cause for the GOP during the 2022 midterms.
But there are certainly clues as to which way he’s leaning, including his private bashing of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who many believe will be gladly challenging Trump for the nomination in a few years’ time.
“In the context of the 2024 election, he usually gives DeSantis a pop in the nose in the middle of that type of conversation,” an anonymous source told Axios.
The source noted that Trump does not consider the Florida governor a serious threat in 2024, asserting he “has no personal charisma and has a dull personality.”
Another source argued that the former president’s dissatisfaction with DeSantis stems from the fact that the governor “won’t say he won’t run [in 2024].”
“The others have stated pretty clearly they won’t challenge him,” the source said.
Trump reportedly said, “What’s the big deal? Why won’t he just say he’s not going to run against me?”
DeSantis has been noncommittal in responding to questions about his 2024 plans, but there is ample evidence to suggest that he is consciously raising his national profile in anticipation of something grander than Governor of the Sunshine State.