Donald Trump is oftentimes his own worst enemy on the campaign trail.
One message is creating an obstacle for him in the general election.
And Ron DeSantis pointed out this big problem facing Donald Trump in 2024.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is stepping up his criticism of former President Donald Trump campaigning for the Republican Presidential nomination.
He addressed the elephant in the room during a candidate forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina with Blake Burman of The Hill on NewsNation.
DeSantis said that Trump was too focused on the past during his campaign to be able to draw a clear contrast with President Joe Biden in the general election.
He said that he could run a forward-looking campaign to defeat the unpopular President.
“You also need a nominee who can win,” DeSantis said. “And I think the way you win is to focus the election on Biden’s failures. And our positive vision for the future.”
The Florida Governor also pointed out that if Trump won the nomination, he would only be able to serve a single term in office.
“If the election is about all these other issues, then it’s going to give the Democrats a huge advantage,” DeSantis explained. “It’s going to give the media an ability to drive that in, and they will do that, they’ll change their tune on all this, you watch, if the former President is the nominee.”
He explained that the 2024 Election needs to be a referendum on Biden’s failures in office, not relitigating the grievances that Trump holds from the past.
“So we want it to be an election on Biden and us as the positive just like it was for Reagan versus Carter in 1980,” DeSantis explained.
The GOP Presidential contender took a swipe at one of the weakest parts of Trump’s record during his term in office, hiring for his administration.
Trump routinely attacks many of the people who worked for him during his first term leading to questions if he could properly staff his Presidency during another stint in the White House.
DeSantis doubted the former President would be able to make strong hires because he “threw people under the bus.”
Some conservative commentators have wondered if Trump can hire the people he needs to succeed because of his tendency to turn on them.
The Florida governor pointed to his track record in the Sunshine State of delivering on his promises in office.
“I think you want somebody who has the track record of delivering on the promises,” DeSantis said. “He’s promising the same stuff this time except the special counsels for Biden. So it’s like ‘Okay, well, wait a minute, you’re running on the same stuff.’ You didn’t do it the first time, you’d be a lame duck if you could even get elected and all that.”
Ron DeSantis is drawing a strong contrast between his record and Trump’s for voters ahead of the GOP Primary.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.