Donald Trump WILL APPROVE Ron DeSantis if Florida Gov. wins 2024 GOP nomination in hopes of protection from lawsuits, liberal commentator says
- Trump may ultimately decide it’s in his best interest to back DeSantis if he wins the 2024 nomination, a leading liberal commentator has claimed
- Jonathan Chait of New York magazine speculated that DeSantis could offer Trump protection from lawsuits if elected to the White House
- Chait also thinks Trump’s dislike of Biden is greater than his disdain for DeSantis
- He thinks the 45th president would gladly support the governor of Florida in hopes of avenging his 2020 election defeat
Donald Trump will endorse Ron DeSantis if the Florida governor defeats him for the 2024 GOP nomination in hopes of being protected from prosecution, a liberal commentator has claimed.
Writing in the New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait offered a fascinating alternative to the widely held theory that the former president will attempt to divide and destroy the Republican Party if he is not nominated to run as its next president. .
Chait explained, “What interests would Trump have in common with DeSantis?” On the one hand, DeSantis could offer Trump legal protection — either pardons or immunity from further prosecution.
The former president is currently facing multiple criminal investigations, although he denies any wrongdoing and has not yet been charged with any crime.
FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club in West Palm Beach, Florida, in August after claims he was illegally storing classified documents there.
The Justice Department is now said to be interested in Trump’s alleged involvement in stoking the January 6 riots.
On Wednesday, it was reported that former Trump vice president Mike Pence was considering helping the DoJ with its investigations.
New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chait predicts that Donald Trump (left) will back Ron DeSantis (right) if the Governor of Florida defeats him for the 2024 presidential nomination (Trump and DeSantis are pictured together in November 2019)
Trump also faces an investigation in New York over his tax affairs and recently lost his last resort to block prosecutors from obtaining his statements.
Although Trump and DeSantis have clashed in recent weeks, Chait went on to say that Trump is ultimately a pragmatist who will do whatever is best for his own interests.
He pointed to DeSantis’ considerable fundraising prowess and said Trump could also expect a large financial payout in return for DeSantis’ support.
And while relations between former friends Trump and DeSantis are currently frosty, Chait said there is past evidence that Trump is reconciling with sworn enemies.
He cites the examples of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The two clashed with Trump as they sought the 2016 presidential nomination.
Trump hinted that Heidi de Cruz was ugly – but the pair later reconciled, with the Texas senator Cruz now a strong Trump supporter.
DeSantis could offer Trump protection from any charges stemming from the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago country club, which resulted in the discovery of classified documents that should never have been removed from federal government property, it is claimed.
DeSantis could also offer Trump protection from lawsuits over the Jan. 6 riots. Justice Department set to investigate Trump’s involvement
Chait also suggested that Trump would still hate Joe Biden more than DeSantis, and would be happy to back the latter in hopes of crushing Biden’s 2024 re-election hopes.
DeSantis is the GOP’s golden boy following the midterm elections earlier this month.
He won re-election in Florida by 20 points and appears to have turned a state that was once deep purple red.
The governor – who is only 45 – is seen by many Republicans as a presidential candidate who can advance the policies popularized by Trump, but without the former president’s divisive personality.
Many Trump loyalists have performed surprisingly poorly mid-term, further suggesting the ex-president’s popularity may be waning.
Like DeSantis, they stoked culture war tension on issues of race and gender in an effort to energize voters.
But it’s likely DeSantis’ track record as a competent lawmaker — with his handling of Hurricane Ian and the COVID lockdowns both applauded — that has strengthened his grip on the Sunshine State.
DeSantis is also widely seen as a nightmare candidate for the Democratic Party to contend with.
Picking Trump to run would send voters who hate the former president back to the polls en masse and could defeat him again.
But DeSantis has none of that baggage. He is also much younger and more verbally nimble than Biden.
Trump announced his 2024 candidacy last week, but no such announcement has been made.
DeSantis is under no obligation to announce his intention to run much closer to Election Day.