DeSantis in 2024? Best resolved after midterms, says activist

DeSantis in 2024? Best resolved after midterms, says activist

In this March 2019 photo, President Donald Trump talks to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a visit to Lake Okeechobee and Herbert Hoover Dike at Canal Point, Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

DeSantis in 2024? Best resolved after midterms, says activist

While a tea party activist doesn't expect Ron DeSantis would directly challenge Donald Trump if the former president decides to run again in 2024, he does argue the two would make a formidable team.


Speculation continues to grow that after the midterms Joe Biden will announce he isn't running for re-election in 2024 – and Donald Trump will announce he is. And while the latter announcement would likely reignite attacks on Trump's character, the left-wing media has already launched similar attacks against another potential GOP presidential candidate – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Many Republicans believe the GOP needs to move toward making DeSantis its 2024 nominee. But Tom Zawistowski, president of the We the People Convention and the Ohio Citizens PAC, advises that idea be debated after the midterms.

"I think that we're going to have to see how the general [election] goes here in November, and then we'll see what starts to happen in the spring of next year," he tells AFN. "I don't think DeSantis will challenge Trump directly. If Trump's going to run, I just think that DeSantis is smart enough to say I support him and let that play out. [DeSantis] is young enough; he can wait."

Zawistowski, Tom (We the People Convention) Zawistowski

Zawistowski also addresses the possibility of a Trump-DeSantis ticket – even though some argue that's not permitted because both hail from the same state.*

"Many people say [that combination] would be really powerful," notes the Ohio activist. "Why would I think that would make sense? Well, if Trump were more skilled in how legislation passes, having a DeSantis as his VP would be the perfect combination because DeSantis would be the one who would move all the legislation."

Case in point, according to Zawistowski: After Trump signed a bunch of executive orders while in office, "Biden undid it all in less than 24 hours," he points out. "We need to pass bloody laws. We need to make it really hard for the Left to undo it this time."

* Editor's note: Contrary to some views, nothing in the U.S. Constitution bars presidential and vice-presidential candidates from the same state from running, being elected, or holding office together. As Snope.com explains, it only bars the electors from their home state from voting for both of them.