(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Former President Donald Trump has declared that he “will handle” a potential challenge to his 2024 GOP presidential candidacy by Florida’s GOP Governor Ron DeSantis.
Trump announced his 2024 White House bid, his third, on November 15, a week after the Republican Party’s worse-than-expected performance in the midterms.
DeSantis, who got reelected on November 8, has never said or hinted at mulling a White House candidacy, but he rivals Trump in popularity among Republican voters, according to polls.
A public opinion survey by the Club for Growth released last week projected that DeSantis would defeat President Joe Biden if the latter decided to run for reelection.
Biden himself is expected to announce his second-term candidacy within weeks or months.
Not unlike his previous comments on a possible 2024 Republican nomination challenge by Florida’s governor, Trump spoke with confidence in an interview on “The Water Cooler” podcast hosted by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody.
“Now I hear he [DeSantis] might want to run against me. So, we’ll handle that the way I handle things,” Trump said, as cited by Newsmax.
The former President insisted, however, that a DeSantis candidacy would be an expression of disloyalty – as Trump’s 2018 endorsement helped the latter win Florida’s governorship.
“I got him elected, pure and simple,” the 45th President of the United States declared regarding DeSantis.
In November, Trump attacked Florida’s governor by calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
The report notes that major Republican Party donors have already stated they would back DeSantis if he decides to run for the White House in 2024.
In November, billionaire hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin said America would be “well-served” if DeSantis became President and that “it’s time” for the GOP “to move on” from Trump.
Another prominent GOP donor, Stephen Schwarzman, the Blackstone Chairman, and CEO, has declared he won’t back Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination.
In his podcast interview, Ron DeSantis wasn’t the only person POTUS 45 accused of disloyalty.
Trump also scolded evangelical Christian leaders for failing to endorse his 2024 presidential candidacy after he announced it two months ago.
He declared that “a sign of disloyalty” after the evangelical leaders threw their weight behind his candidacies in 2016 and 2020.
“There’s great disloyalty in the world of politics, and that’s a sign of disloyalty… Nobody has ever done more for right-to-life than Donald Trump,” the former President stated.
He pointed out that the three Supreme Court justices he appointed helped overturn Roe v. Wade in the June 2022 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
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