Donald Trump keeps hinting that he will be running for president again in 2024. Earlier this week during a podcast he stated that he would soon return to holding MAGA rallies across the country and would officially announce if he planned to run for president again after the 2022 midterm elections.
As Trump repeatedly floats the idea of running again public speculation around him grows as many question who Trump would pick to be his running mate. Trump reportedly has a cache of potential running mates, but right now it appears that there is one specific person leading the pack. So, who is Trump seriously considering to serve as his vice-presidential nominee if he makes the decision to run in 2024? Keep reading to find out.
It has been made pretty clear that former Vice President Mike Pence is no longer in Trump’s good graces so who is Trump eyeing to sit at his side? Insiders say that the top contender is currently Republican Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis.
Back on April 29, Trump did an interview with Fox News where he brought up DeSantis. Trump referred to the governor as a “friend” and went on to claim that after he publicly endorsed DeSantis in 2018 that “he took off like a rocket ship,” adding that in his opinion, “[DeSantis has] done a great job as governor.”
Trump then went I to state that his voter base was “wild” about a “[Trump-DeSantis] ticket,” giving credence to stories that DeSantis will be his running mate if he makes the decision to run in 2024.
DeSantis’ team has not publicly commented on Trump’s consideration, but it is doubtful that the news comes as a shock to DeSantis. Back In March, Trump dropped DeSantis’ name during a podcast interview with Fox News’ Lisa Marie Boothe, stating that he believed that DeSantis had “potential” and could lead the Republican party into the future.
DeSantis recently made headlines when Miami Herald reporter Fabiola Santiago recently called out him out over his signing of legislation that she called another step toward fascism as DeSantis preps for a likely run at the White House in 2024.
Santiago notes that DeSantis signed a bill that makes protesting a crime, which critics claim is in direct contradiction to the Constitution. Santiago notes how DeSantis is following the playbook of his “political mentor,” former President Donald Trump:
“Florida lawmakers have assaulted and trampled the U.S. Constitution during this legislative session like the state hasn’t seen since Jim Crow days. Every bill, every strategy was already cooked, party-ready, at the behest of the state’s maximum leader, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is, after all, channeling his political mentor, Donald Trump, and following his bombastic, destructive script to reelection next year, and onward, to the White House in 2024, perhaps.” Santiago explains that according to the bill, any Florida resident caught in a protest against DeSantis’s policies could be arrested with no chance of bail.
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And she adds: “DeSantis and his enablers turn the Constitution into a pliable document, chipped away by legislating at the state level in order to win elections, then so be it. If in the process, DeSantis quacks like a racist, that’s just the price of doing business with the base.”
And continues: “[DeSantis], surrounded by more than a dozen white men and women signed the bill as America awaited the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case. Without an ounce of sensitivity, DeSantis assaults the rights of Floridians to protest, presiding over a major crackdown on free speech, delivered by the acquiescent, overwhelmingly Republican Legislature via the HB 1 bill — their No. 1 priority after more than a year of a pandemic. Coming in a close second: voter suppression. Who’s going to go to a protest knowing that if a few protesters get violent or rowdier than police feel like tolerating — and you get caught in the melee — you’ll be carted off to jail, charged with a felony, and held without bail like a murderer? What low-income minority resident who works — and they’re the ones holding down essential jobs tied to a schedule — is going to risk losing a job to stand in hours-long lines when they find themselves without a mail-in ballot?”
Santiago concludes: “In his quest for absolute power, the Ivy League-educated governor, a lawyer, forgets the law of the land isn’t that of his scribes in the Legislature, but the document signed on Sept. 17, 1787. Bring on the civil-rights lawyers. Florida needs them to show the governor who’s boss.”
The bill, widely criticized along with similar bills in other states, was passed through the state legislature earlier this month, passing mostly along party lines.