Donald Trump has spent the last 5 years as the leader of the Republican party. He relishes the role. And now with his businesses failing all over the world, Trump would very much like to retain the power of his position.
There are some people, however, that could defeat him for the 2024 nomination. And the person with the best chance of doing so is Ron DeSantis. If the Florida governor does unseat Trump, he can’t necessarily count on his support going forward. According to a new report from Vanity Fair, the former president “f*cking hates DeSantis.”
It’s strange that Trump hates the Florida governor. DeSantis has largely modeled his career after Trump. But the Florida governor also poses a threat to the former president and he likes things to be rigged for him.
A Trump aide told Gabriel Sherman, “Trump fucking hates DeSantis. He just resents his popularity.” The source also noted that Mike Pompeo is attempting to use Trump’s hatred to hurt DeSantis. “Pompeo’s people are building up DeSantis as the leader of the Republican Party to piss Trump off.”
Sherman explains that Trump doesn’t believe that DeSantis pays him enough deference. “He asked me if I’d endorse him,” Trump once said, “the second I endorsed Ron, he blew through everybody.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.