When Republicans are not boycotting beer companies for putting a prominent transgender person on their product, they are being called to boycott presidential elections. Former President Donald Trump recently took to his social media platform Truth Social to say that there is not a single MAGA supporter who would vote for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to Newsweek.
The comment continues to fuel the question of whether Republican voters will go out and vote for Ron DeSantis if he becomes the GOP candidate for 2024. While DeSantis has not officially announced his ticket, he is expected to do so at the end of Florida’s May legislative session. But his announcement would come as Trump continues to trounce the GOP hypothetical primary polls, enjoying a 58-point lead against the governor’s 22 points. All other candidates are reportedly in the single digits.
Kari Lake, who ran for Arizona governor last year during the midterms, has warned DeSantis that if he wants a political future he would wait until 2028 to run for president. But the two strong contenders are already exchanging some jabs at each other, although Trump is more vocal.
The rift between the two began after the 2022 midterm elections when Trump-endorsed candidates across the board were losing. Florida, by contrast, maintained its healthy Republican lead, prompting some conservatives to dub DeSantis as the new leader of the party. It did not take long for Trump to begin attacking the Florida governor and saying that he would have lost his gubernatorial campaign had it not been for his endorsement.
Other prominent voices in the party are urging DeSantis to hold off on running, including country singer John Rich. Rich speculates that even if DeSantis did win the primary, which he maintained was unlikely, then it would not be likely that Trump supporters would vote for him.