GOP Coup? Ron DeSantis Might Be Able To Beat Donald Trump

GOP Coup? Ron DeSantis Might Be Able To Beat Donald Trump

Can Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beat former President Donald Trump in the GOP primary?

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The question is coming to the fore in American politics, and the answer increasingly looks like it could be yes.

We’re a long way from the GOP primary heating up properly. And we’re about two years away from the 2024 presidential election. But right now, in December 2022, DeSantis stock is rising while Trump’s stock is falling.

The reversed trajectories of the two biggest names in conservative politics could well result in the GOP having a new presidential nominee for the first time since Mitt Romney went neck and neck with incumbent Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

In fact, Trump has been the GOP’s standard-bearer since 2016, when he angered a crowded field of incumbent politicians.

But now Trump’s grip on the GOP is faltering.

Trump’s stocks fall

A variety of issues have beset Trump, namely lawsuits, investigations and scandals. There are a lot; here is the run down one…

Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, is being sued in upstate New York for allegedly falsifying valuations in order to obtain cheaper lending rates. New York Attorney General Letitia James wants to ban Trump and his children from ever doing business in New York again. Trump is also under investigation for misusing sensitive documents, many of which were seized in an FBI raid in Mar-a-Lago last August. And just last week, the House of Representatives completed an eighteen-month investigation into Trump’s conduct in connection with the Jan. 6 riots.

The House of Representatives concluded that Trump did indeed act illegally — and issued criminal referrals to the Justice Department in hopes that Attorney General Merrick Garland would file criminal charges against Trump.

If Garland indicts Trump, it would be the first time in US history that a former president has been criminally indicted. Then there’s the scandal. Trump hosted Kanye West and Nick Fuentes – two anti-Semites – to dinner at Mar-a-Lago over Thanksgiving.

The resulting fallout was a “political nightmare” for Trump.

The timing couldn’t be worse for Trump, who has just announced his third consecutive presidential bid despite growing concerns about the real estate mogul’s eligibility. Trump, of course, lost the 2020 election and his supporters have been slammed at elections ever since.

DeSantis stock is rising

Meanwhile, Ron DeSantis is on the rise, threatening to overtake Donald Trump as the GOP’s standard-bearer. DeSantis has made a name for himself with several high-profile political maneuvers. Ron DeSantis flouted the CDC’s COVID recommendations to the delight of conservatives. Ron DeSantis also signed the Don’t Say Gay law into law. And in a highly stunt manner, DeSantis recently loaded a chartered plane full of migrants and flew the thing to Martha’s Vineyard — the famous coastal enclave of liberal elites.

DeSantis was rewarded with a twenty-point victory in his gubernatorial election. Now DeSantis is intruding into the presidential conversation. Indeed, polls are beginning to show that Republican voters prefer DeSantis to Trump. A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found DeSantis had a shocking lead over Trump — 56 percent to 33 percent. If the poll is to be believed, Donald Trump is in serious trouble.

Granted, Trump has been swamped with trials, investigations, and scandals throughout his teenage political career — and he’s always pulled through.

It’s too early to sideline Donald Trump — but it’s time to keep an eye on Ron DeSantis, who could potentially oust Trump as leader of the GOP.

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Harrison Kass is Editor-in-Chief at 19FortyFive. A lawyer, pilot, guitarist, and small-time pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a trainee pilot but was discharged on medical grounds. Harrison has a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon and an MA from New York University. Harrison lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.

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