The Republican National Committee is acting as if the party is having a normal nomination process for 2024. There are several candidates who are engaging in debates and policy discussions. The problem is that the man who is almost certain to win the nomination refuses to participate.
Donald Trump has found no need to engage with any of the other candidates as he holds a massive lead in Republican primary polls. This decision has made it difficult for opponents like Ron DeSantis to gain traction. The Florida governor attempted to goad Trump last night during an interview with CNN's Kaitlin Collins.
"Donald Trump is not willing to show up," DeSantis said. "He's missing in action right now. He doesn't show up. When he does show up, he reads off the teleprompter for 50 minutes and then gets back on the plane and goes home."
While Trump often delivers personal attacks, the Florida Governor said he doesn't want to do so. "I think I would be a better president than he is. But I don't need to take pot shots at his character. I mean some people like to do that."
DeSantis closed by claiming his efforts are gaining traction, "As voters are more keyed in, as we get closer to the holidays, you're not going to be able to get away with not putting in the work. So we're gonna put in the work and get the job done."