(FiveNation.com)- This week, former President Donald Trump gave an interview to a South Florida radio host in which he predicted that Governor Ron DeSantis wouldn’t run for the Republican nomination in 2024, but if he did, Trump said he would beat DeSantis “by a lot.”
But not all Florida Republicans agree.
In a comment on Twitter, Florida State Rep Spencer Roach scoffed at Trump’s prediction. Roach predicted that the former President would not run in 2024 and Ron DeSantis will be the Republican nominee. Roach also added that if Trump ran in the primary against DeSantis, Ron DeSantis would defeat him.
Roach later argued that Ron DeSantis is representative of where the Republican Party is headed rather than where the Republican Party has already been. He said Trump’s America First agenda enjoys broad support throughout the country and he will always appreciate what Trump accomplished. At the same time, Roach sees DeSantis as the future.
Roach is not alone in his assessment. Many Republicans have argued that for the America First agenda to continue, it cannot rest on the shoulders of just one politician. The Republican Party should expand its bench beyond Donald Trump and cultivate a younger generation of America First leaders.
Other Republicans have warned that so long as former President Trump remains fixated on the 2020 election, any possible 2024 run would be viewed as looking backward rather than looking ahead. Worse still, if his 2024 campaign is equally fixated on 2020 election fraud, Trump’s run could be a drag on down-ticket Republican races.
Much of this, however, remains a hypothetical exercise. Governor DeSantis has dismissed any talk of running in the Republican primary in 2024, arguing that he remains focused on serving the state of Florida and preparing for his own reelection in 2022.
But rather than quell the talk of a 2024 run, DeSantis’ accomplishments in Florida, especially in his fight against COVID mandates and the unconstitutional overreach of the Biden administration, are only increasing his standing and popularity among Republican voters nationwide.