Donald Trump would very much like to stay in control of the Republican party. He’s holding rallies and regularly talks about the future of the GOP. The former President wants to have things rigged in his favor. That might not be enough to stop potential GOP nomination challengers like Ron DeSantis, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Pence.
During a recent interview with the Washington Post, Trump attempted to passive-aggressively warn other challengers out of the race. Josh Dawsey asked about the potential challenges from other Republicans. Trump responded:
“If I ran, I can’t imagine they’d want to run. Some out of loyalty would have had a hard time running. I think that most of those people, and almost every name you mentioned, is there because of me. In some cases, because I backed them and endorsed them. You know Ron was at 3 percent, and the day I endorsed him, he won the race.”
Trump kept on DeSantis, the biggest threat to him in 2024. When asked if he “made” DeSantis, the former President responded, “As soon as I endorsed him, the race was over.” Trump continued, “I have a good relationship with Ron; I have a good relationship with all the names you mentioned. Would they run against me? I doubt they would run against me. I doubt it.”
Trump said he made DeSantis. "I think that most of those people, and almost every name you mentioned, is there because of me. In some cases, because I backed them and endorsed them. You know Ron was at 3 percent, and the day I endorsed him, he won." https://t.co/G66jAHQhEB
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 7, 2022
CPAC straw polls often provide good barometers of nomination races. During a CPAC poll taken in February, Trump came in at 59%, with DeSantis in second at 28%. The Florida Governor has plenty of time to close that gap.
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