Not to bury the lede, but anyone who knows anything about both Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis knows two things. First, DeSantis drips executive power. Second, given Trump’s continuing attacks and attempts to take credit for DeSantis’ success, why would he give up his successful governorship to take it?
Moreover, Trump’s obsessive fear of DeSantis getting credit for anything has already become legendary.
So, the answer to whether the Florida governor would accept the vice president slot on a Trump-headed ticket in 2024 can be summed up in just three words: Oh, hell no.
Besides, given Trump’s silly name-calling attacks on a fellow Republican who hasn’t even yet announced he’s running, it’s inconceivable that he’d even want DeSantis in the two-slot. Nope, Trump needs a yes-man. Better yet, a yes-woman — and a sycophantic fan, at that.
Can you spell “Kari Lake”?
Now, let’s get on with the show.
As reported by Fox News, DeSantis was asked the question that untold numbers of Trump loyalists have pushed for months. Now, DeSantis’s answer was, shall we call it, “more tactful” than my analysis — but he was just as direct:
I think I’m probably more of an executive guy. think that you want to be able to do things. That’s part of the reason I got into this job is because we have action. We’re able to make things happen, and I think that’s probably what I am best suited for.
DeSantis called the notion “interesting speculation,” adding:
The whole party, regardless of any personalities or individuals, you have got to be looking at 2024 and saying, if the Biden regime continues, and they’re able to pick up 10-15 seats in the House and a Senate seat or two, this country is going to be in really, really bad shape.
Predisposed bias aside, DeSantis’s logic was correct.
In addition — and this applies to both parties — Donald Trump will be 78 years old on Inauguration Day 2025, and Joe Biden will be 82. Ideally, a nominee closer to 50-55 would give either party a potential 8-year run with the same guy — or woman — ideally followed by his or her vice president next stepping up to the plate.
Perhaps this is a non sequitur — so be it — but the argument put forth by Trump loyalists that the liberal media sock puppets would go after DeSantis just as hard as they’ve gone after Trump might hold a bit of water, but it doesn’t fill the tank.
Moreover, and this is paramount, the anti-Trump vote is unmatchable by DeSantis or any other Republican candidate, much as the anti-Hillary vote helped Trump in 2016.
Regardless of DeSantis’ ultimate decision, Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy has already endorsed a 2024 candidate:
The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course.
America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination.
That leader is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
It’s no secret that I agree with Congressman Roy.
And there’s this: Supporting a candidate other than Donald Trump is not anti-Trump. I voted for The Donald in 2016 and 2020, and I’ll vote for him in 2024 if he’s the Republican nominee. Like Chip Roy and a growing number of Republican voters, I just hope he isn’t.
Recapturing the White House from the Democrat Party is far more important than any candidate.
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Originally Posted on: https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2023/03/25/desantis-goes-bottom-line-when-asked-if-hed-play-second-banana-to-trump-in-2024-n721238