As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) waits to enter the 2024 White House race, former President Donald Trump’s indictment is making that pursuit all the more challenging.
For weeks DeSantis has been under fire from Trump and his allies for his lack of support when Trump first predicted he would be indicted.
But following news that the Manhattan Grand Jury voted to indict Trump, DeSantis quickly defended Trump, calling the indictment “un-American.”
While Trump’s allies lauded DeSantis’s response, it draws attention to the precarious situation the Florida Governor finds himself.
If DeSantis enters the GOP Presidential primary race as anticipated, he will be challenging Trump, a shoo-in for the nomination. Not only will DeSantis have to challenge Trump successfully, he’ll have to do it while not alienating Trump’s fiercely loyal base.
Republican strategist, Matt Terril, noted Trump’s indictment was “freezing” the GOP Presidential primary as that was taking up every conservative conversation.
Terrill added that the indictment underscored Trump being the “dominating force in the Republican Party.”
He added that the GOP’s voters, who decide who the nominee will be, we’re currently in “lockstep” with Trump.
DeSantis is only expected to Announce later in the Spring when Florida’s legislative session ends. But, even before his likely entry, the Trump Indictment has complicated matters.
Since news has surfaced about Trump possibly being Indicted in the Stormy Daniels hush money case, DeSantis’s lead in the polls has slipped.
Now, a very recent poll (Yahoo Newe-shows that Trump has gained more than 30 points less over DeSantis.