Ex-Trump Adviser: DJT Faces Humiliation If He Takes On DeSantis

ESTERO, FL - OCTOBER 31:  President Donald Trump greets Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis during a campaign rally at the Hertz Arena on October 31, 2018 in Estero, Florida. President Trump continues traveling across America to help get the vote out for Republican candidates running for office.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was flipping reliably blue counties red and winning reelection by 20 points, former President Trump was criticizing him and bad-mouthing candidates who he had endorsed.
  • Trump’s ego and lack of discipline was reflected in this comment about DeSantis: “I think if [DeSantis] runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly. I think he would be making a mistake, I think the base would not like it — I don’t think it would be good for the party.”
  • DeSantis, meanwhile, has run a disciplined campaign that built on his accomplishments of the past four years.
  • That’s why this former Trump adviser believes Trump would be humiliated if he took on DeSantis in 2024.

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