Republican Leaders Appear to Side with DeSantis over Trump in Potential 2024 Matchup

Republican Leaders Appear to Side with DeSantis over Trump in Potential 2024 Matchup

Have National Republicans turned their back on Trump?

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
September 24, 2022

The speculation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be running for President in 2024 against former President Donald Trump just took a very interesting, very telling turn.

Could the long Republican knives be out against President Trump?

For whatever reason, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which spends tens of millions of dollars every election cycle to help Republican congressional candidates and members of the House of Representatives win their federal elections, has just put out an email announcing that Gov. DeSantis was leading President Trump 48% to 40 in a “hypothetical presidential primary matchup.”

The NRCC email called the potential DeSantis vs. Trump Republican presidential primary contest an "incredible matchup that could decide who the Republican Party nominates for President in 2024."

"Republican leaders are now asking voters like YOU to weigh in," the email continued.

Trump and his advisers widely expect DeSantis to take him on in 2024, multiple people in the former president’s orbit said. Yet Trump has not been adversarial to the current governor because he is favored to win a second term as a Republican in Florida, and advisers said they see little value in open animosity.—WaPo

What Republican leaders at the national level are interested in seeing this contest between Trump and DeSantis take place?

Is the national Republican leader House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who once told President Trump to resign as a result of a past House impeachment resolution. Leader McCarthy is also said to have spoken to "GOP leaders" about the issue.

According to a Washington Post story,  there is a big swath of "establishment Republicans" that would support DeSantis.

“There are a lot of establishment Republicans that would come home for DeSantis,” said David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida who served with DeSantis and now identifies as an independent. DeSantis, he said, “has adopted Trump’s playbook in Florida and he does Trump-like things … but he’s actually arm’s-length from Trump.”

Here is the NRCC email:


Conservative journalist and former congressional candidate Laura Loomer, who has taken issue with Gov. DeSantis's over his handling of the state's voter integrity law, posted the email and added her commentary, calling the poll "fake" because other polls show that Trump is actually beating DeSantis in a "hypothetical" contest.

"Although Ron DeSantis is arguably the most popular Governor in America, it’s important to remember that he was just a no name Congressman from Florida ahead of his first Gubernatorial election in 2018 against Communist Andrew Gillum. DeSantis only won the election by 32,000 votes, which is less than one percent, but only after President Donald Trump came to the rescue and endorsed Ron DeSantis, dragging him to greatness across the finish line," stated Loomer.

Loomer also calls the NRCC email "sinister" and claims that both the NRCC and the RNC are promoting "fake, anti-Trump messaging" in hope to "divide the GOP base."

The email sent out by the NRCC is sinister, and is a sign that the NRCC and RNC are actively sending out fake, anti-Trump messaging to divide the GOP base ahead of the 2022 midterms, and are actively trying to diminish support for President Trump," added Loomer, before saying that former Trump advisor Roger Stone announced the DeSantis will announce a presidential bid shortly after the 2022 midterm elections.

“I happen to believe that Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor – my governor – intends to announce his candidacy literally, immediately, after the election, and I think [Trump] needs to remain mindful of that,” said Stone on the  Alex Jones Show for Infowars. “I still think it is more likely than not that he will be a candidate.”

DeSantis recently defended Trump after the FBI raid of his Palm Beach home.

"The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime's political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves," the Governor remarked, questioning that "now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries?"

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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