Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed concerns over the GOP’s consideration of former President Donald Trump as their 2024 presidential nominee, labeling it a “high risk” with minimal rewards for the party. DeSantis shared his thoughts during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” stating, “The chance of him getting elected is small… but it’s a low reward, because he’s gonna be a lame duck on day one.”
DeSantis raised doubts about Trump’s ability to build an effective administration and execute his duties, emphasizing that such a presidency would face numerous distractions and would be unable to attract top talent.
DeSantis also highlighted his falling poll numbers relative to Trump and other prospective nominees, citing a recent poll showing Nikki Haley gaining popularity in New Hampshire, while he trailed within the Republican party.
If Trump were to be nominated, DeSantis warned that Democrats would initiate an aggressive campaign that would center on condemning Trump and ultimately granting President Joe Biden a second term. Furthermore, DeSantis stressed that Trump’s age (77) and fitness for the presidency were dubious and that he, as a comparatively younger candidate, was better suited for the role.
The rift between DeSantis and Trump has become increasingly public, with Trump previously dismissing DeSantis at a Florida Republican summit as “a wounded falling bird from the skies.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ron DeSantis says Donald Trump is ‘high risk’ and ‘low reward’ for GOP