A Fox News video features a handful of Phoenix, Ariz.-area voters expressing a 2024 preference for the purportedly more-unifying Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis rather than former President Donald Trump on the GOP ticket.
The voters, who may or may not be representative, appeared to wholly support Trump’s MAGA policies, but seemed to describe him as too abrasive or divisive for the broader electorate.
Liberals were quick to suggest that Fox News was “dumping Trump for DeSantis,” as seen here:
In case anyone had any doubt that Fox is dumping Trump for Desantis, they just ran this piece where they interviewed “random” Trump voters to see if they wanted him to run in 2024, and who they would like to see instead of not. pic.twitter.com/IywOqLH2DD
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 17, 2022
The three-minute montage embedded above with Maricopa County residents apparently was put together by Fox News in advance of a planned rally in the town of Prescott Valley that was postponed for one week because of the tragic death of the ex-POTUS’s first wife Ivana.
As things stand now, it’s worth noting that dynamic Trump-endorsed America First stalwarts Kari Lake and Blake Masters appear poised to win the August 2 GOP primary for governor and U.S. senator in Arizona, respectively.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America pic.twitter.com/3vAjXqNwW8
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) July 15, 2022
Several of the folks on camera said they would nonetheless vote for Trump if he becomes the 2024 presidential nominee, however.
“I voted for Trump both times, and I love him. I think he was a good candidate. But I think his time has passed. I would like to see Gov. DeSantis, or someone like, someone new blood in the race,” one man on the street asserted.
“At this point, he’s a little too polarizing, and I think that there are candidates out there, Republican candidates obviously, that may be able to pull in people that he would lose,” a woman told the videographer.
About DeSantis, the woman added that “he seems to be much more common sense and be able to communicate better to both sides to get those people back that switched.”
A 2020 first-time (for Trump) voter explained that “I really like DeSantis because I think he can unify the party, and I think he’s a fighter and a leader. And we need both.”
Joe Rogan says DeSantis would be a ‘good president…what he’s done for Florida is admirable’ https://t.co/PEkWLvNpOt
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 30, 2022
Based on what these votes are suggesting, President Trump might benefit from dialing back the intensity just a bit and also avoiding getting into feuds with some of his otherwise-irrelevant critics.
As alluded to above, DeSantis, who is a soundbite machine, typically is more detail-oriented, which can help him gain traction with some audiences, while fellow Florida resident Trump often speaks more generally in a freewheeling fashion. Both politicians are obviously America First.
One voter in the footage even suggested that DeSantis could pick Trump (although the latter is hardly a number-two kind of guy) as VP, but that could pose complications under the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
DeSantis appears to be a lock for reelection as governor in November, after which he can consider his national options. Some polling data has emerged that suggests that DeSantis could win the nomination, although Trump is presumably still seen as the prohibitive favorite.
DeSantis tops Trump in yet another 2024 straw poll, taking high marks at Colo. conservative summit https://t.co/smEQ78hl0f
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) June 5, 2022
Thousands of Americans are voting with their feet, if that’s any indication of future performance, by relocating from authoritarian blue states to the free state of Florida under DeSantis.
Parenthetically, Maricopa County — which tends to be more liberal than other areas in Arizona — was the site of some alleged hocus-pocus in Election 2020.
The irony here is that if Democrats in the partisan January 6 committee and elsewhere, along with the pro-Deep State corporate media, continue to be obsessed with weaponizing the legal system against Trump, they may gift the GOP with an equally strong or even stronger 2024 candidate in the person of Ron DeSantis.
In other words, it’s a be-careful-what-you-wish for scenario for the liberals.
The governor will be just age 44 in September, however, which means he has a long political career ahead. Thus, 2024 won’t be his only opportunity to seek the White House.
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