Ron DeSantis Says Trump Is High Risk, Low Reward

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Ron DeSantis has one message for Republican primary voters. Picking Donald Trump for a third go-around offers more risk without much reward. 

Choosing the former president, according to the Florida governor, threatens to put America on the path of decline because Joe Biden’s only chance at winning is to try and rerun the basement campaign of 2020. 

USA Today writes

“The point is simple. Donald Trump is a high-risk proposition as a nominee because I think the chance of him getting elected is small,” DeSantis said Sunday in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But it’s a low reward because he’s gonna be a lame duck on day one.” 

A “lame duck” typically refers to a politician who remains in power but will be replaced by a newly elected successor.

DeSantis alleged that Trump, “even if he could get elected, he would not able to attract the type of talent to work in his administration, and he would be saddled with all of these distractions, it would be virtually impossible to get the job done.”

If Trump is elected, DeSantis said, Democrats would go “scorched earth” on their messaging and reelect President Joe Biden for a second term. 

The comments come amidst rising turmoil in the DeSantis campaign. A recent poll showed former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley doing better in New Hampshire than DeSantis and her other non-Trump Republican rivals.

The UN Ambassador making waves at the right time has caused anxiety to rise in Tallahassee. New Conservative Post reported that campaign leaders for the governor’s campaign nearly got into a fistfight last week when discussing how to handle Haley. 

“The leaders of Never Back Down super PAC met privately last Tuesday to outline a strategy but instead ended up nearly fighting each other. 

Jeff Roe, the top consultant for the super PAC, got into a heated argument with longtime DeSantis confidant Scott Wagner during a board meeting to discuss the budget for the next two months as the first primaries quickly approach. 

‘You have a stick up your a–, Scott,’ Roe fumed at Wagner, who is a member of the Never Back Down board.

‘Why don’t you come over here and get it?’ Wagner responded, rising from his chair before being restrained by other members of the PAC.”

Despite the infighting, however, DeSantis continues to rack up endorsements from conservatives. 

Rep. Chip Roy, a conservative Republican from Texas, announced his endorsement of DeSantis on Saturday, saying he stands “100 percent” with the GOP hopeful.

“I stand 100% alongside this wonderful woman & her husband, @RonDeSantis, because they are truly good & decent people,” Roy posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, in response to a tweet from Florida first lady Casey DeSantis. “America needs THAT again.”

He previously landed a major endorsement from Bob Vander Plaats, an evangelical leader in Iowa. 

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