Donald Trump is reportedly rising aggravated with one potential 2024 rival for the Republican presidential nomination: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“He says DeSantis has no private charisma and has a uninteresting persona,” one unnamed supply instructed Axios.
Whereas a number of potential 2024 Republican candidates have publicly mentioned they gained’t search the nomination if Trump runs for a 3rd time, DeSantis isn’t considered one of them.
“I ponder why the man gained’t say he gained’t run towards me,” Trump has reportedly mentioned to associates, in keeping with the New York Instances.
That lack of deference appears to have led to Trump’s assault on “gutless” politicians final week that many consider was a thinly veiled assault on DeSantis.
That second got here throughout an interview with far-right One America Information during which the previous president mentioned he acquired a booster shot for the coronavirus and known as out GOP pols who’ve additionally gotten the shot however gained’t admit it,
“They don’t wish to say it as a result of they’re gutless,” Trump mentioned. “You bought to say it — whether or not you had it or not, say it.”
DeSantis is amongst those that’ve ducked the query.
The Instances mentioned Trump is particularly sad as he believes his early endorsement helped DeSantis win the governorship in 2018, and that DeSantis “didn’t have an opportunity” within the race with out the assistance of the then-president.
Trump allies have warned DeSantis to not take a look at the previous president.
Roger Stone mentioned final yr that he might spoil DeSantis’ reelection bid this yr by working towards him as a Libertarian candidate … however will again off if DeSantis pledges to not run towards Trump in 2024.
Trump himself has publicly mentioned he’s not apprehensive.
“If I confronted him, I’d beat him like I might beat everybody else,” he instructed Yahoo Information final yr, including that he didn’t anticipate DeSantis to run ultimately: “I feel most individuals would drop out, I feel he would drop out.”
DeSantis has not mentioned if he intends to run for president.