DeSantis Foresees ‘Intensely Hostile Election’ if GOP Centers Solely on Trump
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, foresees a highly contentious election if the GOP’s primary focus remains on former President Trump, who is currently leading in the party’s primary election.
During his appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” this Sunday, when asked by Margaret Brennan about potential election-related violence, DeSantis expressed hope for a peaceful outcome, optimistic about the Republican Party’s chances of victory.
DeSantis advised that the GOP should concentrate on national issues and critique the Biden administration’s shortcomings to enhance their electoral prospects. He cautioned that an excessive focus on Trump, including his legal troubles and past election disputes, could lead to a bitter and challenging election, undermining the Republicans’ likelihood of success.
“We need to focus on the present issues and seek a candidate capable of a decisive win, looking ahead as a nation,” DeSantis added.
Brennan highlighted a recent CBS News poll indicating that 49 percent of Americans anticipate possible violence following this year’s election results. This concern arises nearly three years after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, where many participants aimed to disrupt the 2020 election certification.
As the Iowa caucuses approach, DeSantis and other Republican presidential candidates trail significantly behind Trump. According to The Hill/Decision Desk HQ’s national poll average, Trump leads with around 64 percent support, followed by former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley at 11.3 percent and DeSantis at 11 percent.