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Classically liberal commentator Dave Rubin is calling for former President Donald Trump to “check” his ego and bow out of the 2024 presidential election to make way for a ticket featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Tim Scott.
Speaking on “The Megyn Kelly Show” this Wednesday, he said that this position isn’t coming from animus of any kind, because he himself is a Trump supporter.
“I didn’t vote for Trump the first time around; I did vote for him the second time around. In a weird way, I’m more proud that I voted for him now than even when I voted for him, because look how horrible everything is,” he told host Megyn Kelly.
Listen to his full remarks below:
That said, Rubin continued, the former president “wasn’t perfect.”
“I wish the Twitter thing had been a little different and he would have had better people around him and everything else. But he was keeping the wheels on the car as we were veering off the road, and now we’re like basically heading towards a ditch,” he noted.
While these imperfections were a liability during Trump’s tenure in office because of the outrage cycles they produced — cycles that kept his approval rating from rising above 50 percent — Rubin believes they could be useful if someone else were president.
“What I would prefer to happen rather than Trump — who, also, I think he’s 76 or 77 years old; it’s like we’ve got to shift away from the baby boomer crew; we need a younger crew — what I would prefer to happen is that Trump acts as the advocate,” he explained.
“Keep doing the rallies, keep fighting the media, keep doing all the dirty work. Be the bodyguard so that say a DeSantis/Tim Scott ticket maybe could get through. DeSantis … I think is 43 years old. He’s done an incredible job in Florida. He’s willing to fight. But let Trump do the dirty work, let him take the hits from the media, let him draw the people to the rallies and go be the statesman,” he added.
The goal, it appears, would be to have Trump distract the media from supposed President DeSantis and keep them busy doing what they love best, which is attacking him.
About 10% of Republicans and THE ENTIRE MEDIA are the only people still neurotically obsessed with all things Trump. https://t.co/EaXDgPkAkW
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 28, 2021
But would the former president go along with such a bold plan? Kelly wasn’t so sure.
“That doesn’t sound like Trump,” she bluntly said.
This prompted Rubin to try and plead directly with the former president himself.
“So Don, if you watch Megyn Kelly’s show, and I have no doubt that you do, my personal message to you is think about putting your ego in check for the first time in your life,” he said.
“Not because you’re not right about a lot of this stuff, but because for the health of the country and for a true healing — not the way Biden said healing, which was this fake healing where they really wanted you to heal like a dog — but for a true way to move forward. That’s the way we can do it,” he added.
This isn’t to say that DeSantis wouldn’t also face fierce attacks. The difference, Rubin argued, is that he’d have Trump drawing away some of the fire.
“And look, DeSantis will be treated horribly of course. … They’ll call them a white supremacist, and they’ll call Tim Scott a white supremacist — by the way, as they did with my friend Larry Elder. They’ll do all of the tricks no matter what, but Trump could be the bodyguard,” he explained.
“It would be the first time in his life that he would take that thing, say hey spotlight not totally on me and let me see if I can do something a little bigger than me. I don’t know that he can do it, but that, to me, that makes so much sense if we’re going to get this thing right again,” the liberal commentator continued.
But Kelly still wasn’t convinced. She noted that, on one hand, a recent poll found that 44 percent of 2020 voters picked current President Joe Biden more so to vote against Trump rather than for Biden:
This raging Trump animus would not be helpful in 2024.
But on the other hand, Kelly continued, without Trump, far fewer voters could potentially wind up turning out to vote for the Republican candidate.
“The truth is a lot of the people who did vote for Trump aren’t inspired by the Republican Party in general and might not show up at all. They might not like DeSantis. They may not feel motivated by him in the way that Trump had this special relationship with people to make them feel, so I’m not sure,” she said.
Trump has, for his part, not yet formally announced his 2024 plans, though his recent behavior certainly suggests he’s preparing for another run:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 8, 2021
During a rally in Iowa last weekend, the former president told the crowd that “we’re going to take America back.”
There’s a possibility that he meant the Republican Party in general when he said “we,” but knowing him, he likely meant himself.
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