The media speculates that Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is planning to run for President of the United States in 2024, although he has not officially announced his candidacy. DeSantis has been visiting states where the first primary elections are held, speaking with voters and GOP members, and hiring new staff in some locations. However, when asked if he plans to challenge former President Donald Trump, he has given vague responses. Several months ago, Trump began scrutinizing DeSantis, who has connections with Republicans such as Karl Rove and Paul Ryan, who oppose a second term for Trump. Rumors have circulated that they were encouraging DeSantis to run against the former President in the 2024 Republican Primary Elections, and criticism of DeSantis has continued to escalate.
Trump recently released a campaign ad featuring DeSantis’ previous support for him. The ad begins by describing DeSantis’ experience during his 2018 run for Governor of Florida, when he was losing by 17 points. The ad claims that Trump’s endorsement transformed DeSantis’ campaign and was responsible for his victory. The ad shows DeSantis thanking Trump for his endorsement, with the narrator accusing DeSantis of attacking the former President instead of supporting him. The video then switches to a DeSantis campaign ad praising Trump, with the narrator asking, “Isn’t it time DeSantis remembers how he got to where he is?” Although DeSantis was not present at a rally held by Trump in Florida before the 2022 midterm elections, he did mention Trump’s endorsement of him for re-election.