Former President Trump is so confident of being the GOP nominee he has said that if he runs again for president, most other Republicans would ‘drop out.’
Trump bragged that if he were to run against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose popularity has has soared during the pandemic, for the 2024 GOP nomination, he would easily ‘beat him’.
‘If I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else,’ he said.
‘I don’t think I will face him,’ Trump said during the interview. ‘I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ popularity has has soared during the pandemic, and stands a good chance of running for the 2024 GOP nomination but Trump believes he would beat him
Trump made the prediction during an interview with Yahoo Finance.
The former president, who lost the 2020 general election, still remains popular and has a lot of influence among Republican voters and GOP politicians as he toys with the idea of a third run at the presidency.
‘It’s getting to a point where we really have no choice’ Trump said last month about him running.
On September 11th he gave an even clearer indication that he was considering running once again.
If former President Donald Trump were to face the popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose popularity has has soared during the pandemic, for the 2024 GOP nomination, Trump said unequivocally ‘I’d beat him’.
‘I know what I’m going to do, but I’m not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws, which, frankly, are ridiculous,’ he said.
Trump, who will be 78 in 2024, is the front-runner early polls for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race.
Next weekend, Trump plans to hold a rally next weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
When polls are conducted without Trump’s name on the ballot, DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence often come out at the top of a large group of contenders.
In one recent survey, DeSantis and Trump were virtually tied.
A poll commissioned by a Super PAC of former Trump aide John Bolton, found Trump drew in 26.2 percent of support with DeSantis at 25.2 percent.
But other polls paint Trump in a far more popular light with him pulling in 67% of the vote compared to 10% for DeSantis when pitched against six other candidates.
It remains early in the presidential process as both parties focus on next year’s midterm election. No GOP White House contender has formally announced and even former President Trump is still playing it coy about whether he will seek a second term.
But, in June, Trump told Fox News that if he did run again he would consider putting DeSantis on the ticket over Pence.
‘Sure I would … I would certainly consider Ron,’ Trump told Fox Business’ Stuart Varney. ‘I know him very well. He’s a great guy,’ Trump said.
DeSantis is a first-term governor and a close Trump ally. Trump endorsed his gubernatorial campaign and hosts him frequently at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach.
DeSantis’ popularity grew during the course of the pandemic thanks to his reluctance to impose COVID-19 restrictions including mask mandates.
His contrarian view seemed to resonate with Republican voters in the state
DeSantis, meanwhile, is not taking any questions on speculative runs for 2024, still three years away.
‘I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job,’ he told Fox News last week.
‘We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year and we’re also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race,’ the governor said.