Conservative political consultant Roger Stone input his opinion on the possibility of Gov. Ron DeSantis running for president in 2024, calling it an “act of ingratitude and treachery” against former President Donald Trump.
During DeSantis’ October debate against Democratic contender Charlie Crist, the Florida governor was asked a question about whether or not he intends to carry out the full four years of his term should he be reelected.
Stone voiced his opinion in a Truth Social post on Oct. 27, saying, “If Governor Ron DeSantis challenges @realDonaldTrump who has made it clear that he will be a candidate in 2024 it would be the most stunning act of ingratitude and treachery in the history of American politics. @realDonaldTrump’s endorsement MADE Ron DeSanctimonius Governor #ingrate.”
Stone later wrote an opinion article for Human Events, going further in depth on his opinion on the topic, saying that while some were surprised that he refused to pledge to fulfill all four years, he was not.
“Let me be clear that I am strongly supporting Governor DeSantis’ reelection and think that he has found his footing in the second two years of his first term. I applaud his decision to finally lift the Covid-19 mask mandates, his aggressive efforts to stop the indoctrination of Florida public school children with sex, race, and gender dogma and lies, as well as his bold and effective leadership in the face of Hurricane Ian. I also applaud his shipping of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard to expose the stunning hypocrisy of the ruling elite who want to flood the country with illegals but don’t want them living anywhere near their mansions or playgrounds.”
Stone said that it was Trump’s endorsement of DeSantis in 2018 that won him the governor’s mansion, as DeSantis was “literally polling in single digits before Trump’s endorsement catapulted him to superstardom.”
Stone said that Florida elites are aware that DeSantis plans to challenge Trump in 2024, adding that “Their lack of gratitude is stunning.”
“DeSantis has amassed a secret war-chest of over $200 million, gleaned from 42 billionaires, many of them globalists, for his planned treacherous challenge to the man who made him. The Governor will expend less than $50 million for his re-election; shifting the balance to a PAC that will fuel his challenge to our 45th President,” Stone said, adding that DeSantis’ response to the question was a “weak ‘deer in the headlights’ response to a question that he had to know was coming.”
Stone mentioned that, due to DeSantis’ “elitist Yale-Harvard background,” many Florida conservatives have been “pleasantly surprised by Ron Desantis’ bold leadership in the second two years of his Governorship,” but added “I wish Governor DeSantis had taken the documented problems with Florida’s voter lists and documented corruption in Florida’s election machinery more seriously. I’m also perplexed by his failure to take any action regarding Nancy Pelosi’s establishment of a headquarters for her personal gestapo – the Capitol Hill Police – in Florida, where, by congressional authorization, she has over 500 officers investigating ‘right-wing extremism’ in the Sunshine State.”
Stone did concede that he had “both a forty-two year friendship with President Donald Trump, as well as a deep feeling of appreciation that the President had the strength and courage, in an election year, to both commute my draconian prison sentence and issue a full and unconditional presidential pardon when I was framed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the illegitimate ‘Russian collusion’ hoax and subjected to relentless pressure to testify falsely against President Donald Trump.”
Stone also expressed surprise that many conservatives believed a Trump-DeSantis ticket was possible, saying that if both a presidential and vice-presidential candidate came from the same state, they would have to forfeit that state’s electoral votes. Given that Florida has 27 Electoral College votes, Stone said that was “a dangerous risk Republicans cannot take.”
“As I said, in a posting on Truth Social, Gab, Telegram, and Parler, a challenge by Governor Ron DeSantis to President Donald Trump in 2024 would be a stunning act of treachery and disloyalty. Beyond that, Trump’s supremacy in the polls and DeSantis’ adequate, but less than overpowering performance in the Florida gubernatorial debate, show that Trump would crush a premature insurgent candidacy by DeSantis, who is being quietly egged on by the RINOs who are desperate to reassert establishment control of the GOP. I’m for DeSantis for Governor and Trump for President,” Stone concluded.
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