The biggest indicator of who will be a superstar in the Republican Party is where the media is focused on its outbursts, and mainstream media journalists say Ron DeSantis, a Florida man whose name is not Donald Trump. I’m getting more and more busy trying to get rid of the governor. .
A quick glance at recent headlines shows that the rhetoric surrounding the governor has deteriorated noticeably. Ron DeSantis’ racist “electoral integrity crusade”. “Ron DeSantis Should Be Prosecuted for Treatment of Immigration”; “Ron DeSantis’ War Against LGBTQ People”. The hostile tone and plethora of news stories and editorials about DeSantis suggest that the journalistic base recognizes him as a formidable threat heading into his 2024. primaries president.
A year ago, most politicians would have confidently predicted that Trump would easily win the Republican nomination in 2024 if he decided to run. The constant, near-daily media attacks against the former president, including politically-motivated rhetoric that appears to undermine the investigation into what happened in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, have led to his base. made them more rebellious and defensive in their support.
Trump is polling as the front-runner for the Republican Party in the 2024 primary. However, his lead has consistently dwindled over the past year as his support for DeSantis has grown. His strong momentum is clearly on the side of the governor of Florida. A recent New York Times poll put Trump at 47% and DeSantis at 28%. Consider that just last year, DeSantis voted only 19% of the voters he did in the Republican primary. In certain battleground states, the numbers are even more worrying for Mr. Trump. DeSantis actually beat Trump in recent New Hampshire and Florida probes. If DeSantis can pull off an early string of primary wins, the race could become a heated two-man contest for him.
The most important advantage DeSantis has over Trump is that he consistently demonstrates leadership ability and is in a position of power that allows him to gain national prominence. Every day that Trump remains unemployed while DeSantis is in power boosts the Florida governor’s outlook for his 2024. For many voters, DeSantis offers all of Trump’s strengths (populist conservative agenda and bold, combative spirit) but downsides (his Twitter fights at 3 a.m. and lackluster following). through) is not available.
From his decisive leadership during the pandemic, to clearing critical race and gender theories from Florida’s lower grades and pumping immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, DeSantis wants conservative voters to know he’s real. has shown While their policies aren’t exactly aligned, DeSantis’ media-savvy strategic thinking positions him as the man Trump who thinks effectively.
In times of crisis and controversy, DeSantis is at the forefront. Hurricane his Ian manipulative, he thwarts media attempts to create a Katrina scenario. The governor has touted the swift reopening of a series of severely damaged or destroyed bridges after the storm.At the same time, he balances intelligent rhetoric and fearlessness in dealing with the media. I learned the technique.
Trump, meanwhile, is largely responsible for himself for the current polling predicament. Most Republicans supported his America his First Style policies and appreciated the booming economy during his term. But Trump’s focus isn’t on that, nor on inflation or rising crime rates. Don’s thoughts, as always, are his own. Even his majority endorsement in the 2022 election has more to do with personal loyalty to Trump than with electoral potential or ideology ).
There is more than a minor segment of the general public who just want to get rid of the 24/7 Trump drama. Some want someone other than the 45th president. DeSantis is becoming a beacon for various factions of the Republican Party by establishing himself as a true problem solver. Anyone who likes Trump’s policies, appreciates leadership and accountability, and wants a new candidate can all agree with DeSantis.
The former president and the average Republican voter may not yet realize it, but DeSantis is gearing up for Reagan’s 1980 run, especially if he faces our terminally ill Jimmy Carter in Joe Biden. That’s why the media has completely united against him. Trump can only succeed if he is the center of attention. The media’s hatred of DeSantis’ ability will give him the spotlight that Trump’s actions have lost.
Donald Trump should be more cautious about the idea of inevitability than anyone else. He has to learn from his losers. Twice, Hillary Clinton has set herself up as his automatic successor to “get it right”. In 2016, Trump took her presumptuousness and scored four years in the White House, eight years before Clinton entered the Democratic primary with Barack Obama twice his endorsement. Did. If the inexperienced and charismatic Obama can topple his one political dynasty, DeSantis with both experience and charisma might be able to topple another.
Kristin Tate is a libertarian writer and analyst for Young Americans for Liberty. She is an author and her latest book is “How Do I Tax You? A Field Guide to The Great American Rip-Off.”Follow her on Twitter @KristinBTate.