Trump Declares War on DeSantis

David Thornton

David Thornton is a freelance writer and professional pilot who has also lived in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Emmanuel College. He is Christian conservative/libertarian who was fortunate enough to have seen Ronald Reagan in person during his formative years. A former contributor to The Resurgent, David now writes for the Racket News with fellow Resurgent alum, Steve Berman, and his personal blog, CaptainKudzu. He currently lives with his wife and daughter near Columbus, Georgia. His son is serving in the US Air Force. You can find him on Twitter @CaptainKudzu and Facebook.

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  1. Jaybird says:

    At this point, there seem to be two options. The first is to battle with Trump for the 2024 nomination and the soul of the party. This will be an ugly battle and there is no assurance that the remaining traditional Republicans would win.

    It also has the benefit of putting distance between DeSantis and Trump. Let’s say that you found Trump off-putting despite finding the Democrats off-putting.

    DeSantis is obviously not a Democrat and he’s obviously not a Trumper.

    Ah. Whew.

    I will be interested in seeing whether the “DeSantis is even worse than Trump!” attacks get off the ground.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Jaybird says:

      Unless Trump is hauled of fin irons before November 2024 he will be the GOP nominee. DeSantis running is as much about a marker for 2028 as anything.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Philip H says:

        I don’t know.

        Remember how, in 2015 or whatever, Trump attacked the Iraq War? I remember dropping my jaw. He was the only guy who was able to say “Yeah, Iraq was a mistake.” I think that this was the first moment that I switched from saying “Trump is a clown” to “holy crap, Trump might win”.

        DeSantis is able to attack Trump. And he isn’t attacking Trump from the left.Report

  2. Saul Degraw says:

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer or more deserving guy. At this point, people if you are willing to sell your sole to Trump. Trump, a person who throws everyone under the bus and then kicks them in the kidneys for good measure, you are kind of asking for it.

    Or as Leeesq would paraphrase “For Trump? Why Richard, it profit a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world. . . but for Trump!”Report

  3. NYT PItchbot says:

    Some say that Operation Barbarossa will result in a Notsee victory. But here in this Minsk diner, the regulars are sticking with Stalin.Report

  4. LeeEsq says:

    Despite all the back stabbing between themselves, the Reactionary Right could still win because they are animated by the spirit of brutality.Report

  5. John Puccio says:

    Astute analysis, not to mention superb photo selection.

    I think things have a chance to play out differently than in 2016. Unlike the previous Florida governor who the GOP tried to anoint as nominee (Jeb!), Desantis has the capacity to punch the bully in the mouth. I don’t anticipate him getting steamrolled like the candidates in that cycle. And his performance in the GOP debates can change poll numbers quickly. Especially when people realize they have a better chance of regaining the White House with a strong nominee without Trump’s baggage.Report

  6. Pinky says:

    When you point at a pig and say “that pig’s filthy”, you’re not necessarily surprised by it. You’re calling attention to it though.Report

  7. Dark Matter says:

    I already voted for DeSantis just because he’s going to try to steal the prize away from Trump. Early voting here translates into “open the booths for the week before the date and keep them open”.

    I’m also not going to vote for Trump. He tried to overturn an election. Just to make a point I might vote the rest of the Red ticket and then nope.Report

  8. DeSantis is a lesser evil, but you need a micrometer to measure it.Report

  9. Jaybird says:

    Well, this particular narrative just got really interesting.

    I understand that Trump *WAS* going to announce his candidacy on the heels of a red wave.

    Now I understand that that plan is experiencing friction. Betting sites have DeSantis as more likely than Trump (and going up) and Trump is almost at half-price of DeSantis (and going down).Report

    • Pinky in reply to Jaybird says:

      I can hope, but I still don’t see Trump being able to walk away from a spotlight. He didn’t have the greatest staff for 2016, and he alienated most of those, then did the same with a worse staff in 2020, so who knows who has his ear these days?

      ETA: He may be waiting for one of the closer recounts to break for one of his endorsed candidates. Or maybe he wants to go up and destroy Georgia some more.Report

    • Dark Matter in reply to Jaybird says:

      I find it hard to picture Trump letting another GOP politician run for President.

      He does that, Biden isn’t especially strong, DeSantis(?) wins, and then DeSantis will be President for 8 years and Trump will be nothing.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Dark Matter says:

        I understand that Trump called Fox “Fake News” earlier today on Truth Social.


        • Pinky in reply to Jaybird says:

          Also, the WSJ just published excerpts from Pence’s new book. I imagine Trump would be getting some of this heat even if the 2022 results had been different, but there’s a unanimity I’ve never seen before.Report

          • Jaybird in reply to Pinky says:

            This makes the Georgia gambit more likely.

            Nuke Georgia, screw you guys, I’m going home.

            (The House should try to impeach him again!)Report

            • Pinky in reply to Jaybird says:

              An impeachment would be the best thing for his image right now.

              The thing I’m wondering about is, what do you promise the guy in exchange for shutting up? I think he thinks he’s untouchable legally, and there’s no $ that can tempt him. There’s no position you can offer him in a future administration – maybe UN ambassador, but who would have the guts to offer that? You can let him feel like a kingmaker, but as Dark Matter points out, he has no interest in making other people king. What you can do is promise to make him president of Liberty University, then put a giant tupperware container over Virginia.Report

              • Philip H in reply to Pinky says:

                There’s nothing to offer him. He needs to keep going down in flames, and frankly I still expect he will be indicted in Georgia and probably federally. Especially if democrats retain even a slim majority in the House.

                IF he is convicted of things then MAYBE he will be forced aside. IF I was Mitch McConnell and Rupert Murdoch that’s what I’d be rooting (and maybe working behind the scenes) for.Report

              • Chip Daniels in reply to Philip H says:

                Trying to predict Trumps behavior is impossible because he is a narcissistic sociopath and his only constant is whatever feeds his ego at any given moment.

                Being indicted then whipping up a violent mob to assault the Capitol/ State Capitol/ courthouse might be enticing to him.Report

              • Pinky in reply to Chip Daniels says:


                There’s nothing easier than to predict the actions of a narcissist. Changing them – or inducing thoughtful consideration on the narcissist’s part – that’s the tough thing.Report

  10. Jaybird says:

    And another blow.

    This isn’t the only thing that needs to happen to make Trump go away, but it’s one of the things that needs to happen to make Trump go away.Report