Some truths are just difficult to hear, and that's the case with the 2024 election.
I have to tell you, as much as we love DeSantis, and as much as we want him to be president, Donald Trump has too many loyal supporters, and if he goes head-to-head with DeSantis, Ronny D isn't coming out of that fight in position to defeat Joe Biden or the Democrats.
The only way DeSantis is going to become the Republican nominee is if Trump chooses not to run and endorses him, or dies. I just don't see a world in which Trump says, 'I want it" — let's just say Trump says 'I want it' and DeSantis beats him fair and square in the primary. You really think the hardcore MAGA is going to abandon Trump for DeSantis? They're not.
They won't abandon Trump, as Kelly alludes to later, because they feel, rightly, that Trump was treated unfairly. He had 2020 taken from him and his first term was hampered by fake news and fake investigations over Russia.
[The hardcore MAGA] like DeSantis, but they don't think it's his turn. They think Trump was screwed out of his last election, that he was screwed out of his first term by all the craziness, the Russiagate and so on. And they think he is entitled, he deserves another shot at it. So unless Trump gracefully and graciously says, 'Get behind DeSantis' I wouldn't put any chips on DeSantis at all.
Kelly is right, there's no way DeSantis comes out ahead if he challenges Trump directly.
My political calculations are always changing, but if Trump wants to run again he needs to run again. Then DeSantis can continue to be the best governor in America and prepare for a future election.
Love it or hate it, that's the way it is. 🤷♂️