Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) hit out at Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), claiming that 2024 is “President Trump’s turn.”
While appearing for an interview with Newsmax host Eric Bolling, Lake issued her support for Trump making a 2024 run and urged DeSantis to hold off on a presidential run until later.
In her criticism of DeSantis, Lake argued that DeSantis should complete his term, citing his relatively young age as a reason to hold off a run.
“I think Ron DeSantis is an effective governor, there’s no doubt about that. The people of Florida just reelected him. I’m assuming when they reelected him, they were hoping he’d stay around for a while,” Lake said.
“I guess he’s in his 40s. He’s about 10 years younger than me,” she said. “He’s got a long political future ahead of him and I think he should respect that the people just voted him in as governor and serve out that term for the people of Florida.”
“And then he could obviously run for president. But this is President Trump’s turn and we haven’t seen Ron DeSantis on the world stage yet,” she continued.
Lake added that she feels confident in Trump’s leadership and expressed doubt on DeSantis’ skill with foreign policy.
“Some of the people that are surrounding him are kind of the type of people that were pushing for war, that were pushing for the endless wars,” she said.
While he hasn’t made an official announcement, many analysts believe that DeSantis intends to fight Trump for the presidential nomination in 2024. The seemingly inevitable fight has split the Republican party in two — between those who back Trump and those who back DeSantis.
For her part, Lake has positioned herself as a loyal Trump ally since the beginning of her gubernatorial campaign and has continued to push for Trump following her electoral defeat in November. Trump has seemingly taken note of the support, as he has reportedly placed her on the short list of potential running mates in 2024.
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