Ron DeSantis has a dire warning for Republicans as the primary campaign officially begins voting in Iowa over the next few weeks. If you hate Joe Biden’s weaponization of the government, you will not like what Donald Trump has planned.
Pointing to his own experiences going against the Trump Machine, the Florida governor told a recent interviewer that Trump will focus his 2024 campaign on “revenge” rather than the future of the country.
The Hill reports:
In a RealClearPolitics interview, the GOP presidential candidate painted a picture of a second Trump term centered on revenge and accused the former president of targeting political rivals, including DeSantis.
“Trump is fine with weaponization if it’s against people he doesn’t like,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis described a “bogus” ethics complaint a Trump PAC filed against him, alleging he violated state law by launching a presidential campaign early. A Florida ethics board later dismissed the complaint.
Trump has leaned into revenge as a focal point in his third presidential campaign. He’s repeatedly vowed to prosecute political opponents and has recently likened himself to a dictator.
Many conservative leaders have warned the former president that making his 2024 campaign revolve around the 2020 election would be the worst possible move. Former Speaker of the House, and major ally of Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, for example, recently warned Trump against running a “revenge tour,” begging him to run an optimistic campaign about the future of the United States rather than the 2020 election.
After offering his endorsement of Trump, McCarthy said, “If his campaign is about renew, rebuild and restore, he’ll win. If it’s about revenge, he’ll lose.”
Trump recently posted a poll on Truth Social, emphasizing that the word voters most associate with his potential second term is “revenge.”