Looking ahead to '24, Krikorian says DeSantis can 'wallop' Democrats

Looking ahead to '24, Krikorian says DeSantis can 'wallop' Democrats

Looking ahead to '24, Krikorian says DeSantis can 'wallop' Democrats

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, should be Republicans’ choice to defeat Democrats and win back the White House in 2024, says the leader of a right-leaning immigration think tank.

Mark Krikorian, who is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, tells AFN he is speaking for himself, as an American voter, when he looks ahead to 2024 and a pivotal presidential election.

“As an individual voter,” he says, “I'm liking Ron DeSantis.”

DeSantis, a former federal prosecutor and U.S. congressman, is seeking re-election after winning a first term as The Sunshine State’s governor in 2018. He won a razor-thin 50%-49% victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum, who was serving as Tallahassee mayor. 

So is DeSantis running for president? He delivered a speech last week to supporters at a pricey campaign luncheon, where supporters who paid thousands to hear him speaker said he sounded like a presidential candidate.

“Why else is he here?” one supporter told a local TV news station.

A second DeSantis supporter said he denounced left-wing “wokeism” by highlighting his fight with Disney Corp. and defending a state law that shields young children from being indoctrinated with gender-identity propaganda.

The tens of thousands of dollars raised can be used for the current re-election campaign for governor and also for a first run for the White House.

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A larger-than-life figure lurking in the background, of course, is Donald J. Trump. At a Turning Point USA event over the weekend, Trump handily won a straw poll with nearly 79% support. In second place, but trailing far behind, was DeSantis with 19%.

According to Krikorian, Trump still drives Democrats and the Far Left into a crazed state of anger and hate never seen in U.S. politics. And that hate, he says, gets Democrats to the polls.

“Even [Ronald] Reagan didn't evoke the kind of almost demented loathing,” he says, “that a lot of people on the left have for Trump, which I don't really get.”

If the Democratic Party persists with its far-left insanity in 2024, Krikorian says, a future President DeSantis could win 40 states and give a “walloping” to the Democrats.