Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently ended his Presidential campaign and endorsed Donald Trump.
But that doesn’t mean the GOP is one big happy family.
Ron DeSantis surprised Donald Trump with this blunt talk.
DeSantis endorsed Trump, saying that Trump’s policies were vastly superior to Joe Biden’s and that Nikki Haley – the last remaining GOP challenger – represented the failed GOP establishment of Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney.
But in an interview with anti-Trump radio host Steve Deace – who endorsed DeSantis in the run up to the Iowa Caucus – DeSantis made it clear he really wasn’t onboard with Trump and that his endorsement was a just a box checking exercise to preserve his viability in a potential 2028 Presidential campaign.
Iowa saw the lowest caucus turnout since 2000, with just around 115,000 voters participating.
DeSantis blamed that low turnout on Trump, and the media promoting polls showing Trump far ahead of the other contenders.
“I think that was part of the reason the turnout was low [in Iowa], because people had been told it’s a fait accompli,” DeSantis stated. “Trump’s up so much in the polls, he’s got the nomination.”
The polls turned out to be accurate when Trump routed DeSantis by 30 points, causing DeSantis to drop out of the race.
For someone who made their career out of rejecting corporate media narratives, DeSantis quickly latched on to the storyline the press tried to push following Iowa that the low turnout was a symptom of GOP fatigue with Trump.
“It’s a huge warning sign for Republicans nationally, based on what we saw in Iowa,” DeSantis stated.
“So he’s got to figure out a way to solve that. I think there’s an enthusiasm problem overall,” DeSantis added.
Turnout in New Hampshire hit record levels, and Trump won the biggest number of votes ever for any candidate -regardless of party – in New Hampshire.
But if DeSantis believes there is an issue with GOP enthusiasm or party unity, it would behoove him to help Trump solve that problem, as DeSantis made it clear he’s running for President in 2028.
“We’ll see what kind — if we have a country left by 2028,” DeSantis said when Deace asked if he planned to run again for President.
“I viewed ’24 as really a hinge point in American history, and if we don’t get it right, I don’t know what it’s going to look like in the future,” DeSantis concluded.
DeSantis pitched himself to voters as Trump without the drama and the next iteration of America First conservatism.
If Donald Trump loses in 2028, the Republican Party may decide it needs to go in another direction with a refashioned message.
24/7 Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.