- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is being touted as a rising star in the Republican Party of the United States.
- He was re-elected with a landslide victory in the midterm elections, winning 59% of the vote.
- Many people see him as Donald Trump’s biggest rival as a potential presidential candidate in 2024.
As the dust settles on the 2022 US midterm elections, attention turns to the 2024 presidential election and who from the Republican Party will run for the White House.
Former president he is widely expected to announce a presidential bid in the coming days, but not all Republicans support him.
– who won re-election in a landslide midterm victory – is a figure of considerable interest within the Republican Party.
So who is he, what does he represent and what is his relationship with Donald Trump?
Who is Ron DeSantis?
Born and raised in Florida, Ron DeSantis has served as governor of the state since January 2019.
He studied at Yale University and Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, DeSantis earned a commission in the US Navy as a Judge Advocate General (JAG), then deployed to Iraq. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
In 2012, he ran in the Republican primary for Florida’s sixth congressional district, winning with 30% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2016.
In 2018, he ran for Governor of Florida and narrowly defeated Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum.
In the 2022 midterm elections, he was re-elected with 59% of the vote.
What are its policies and opinions?
Mr. DeSantis is a conservative and shares many views with Donald Trump.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he initially ordered a statewide lockdown but changed his mind three weeks later, rejecting mask and vaccine mandates and lifting most restrictions.
He is and efforts to defund law enforcement, and supports the death penalty.
While serving in Congress, he turned down his congressional pension and health insurance plan because he opposes pensions for congressmen.
He signed laws limiting what educators can teach in schools about race, gender and sexuality.
Mr. DeSantis is anti-abortion and opposes the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare.
Former US President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron Desantis were once allies but will now likely be rivals for the Republican candidate in the 2024 election. Source: Getty / Joe Raedle
In the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections, he has led a campaign based on promoting freedom and rejecting “indoctrination” and the “woke agenda”.
“States and cities ruled by leftist politicians have seen crime skyrocket, they’ve seen their taxpayers abused, they’ve seen medical authoritarianism enforced, and they’ve seen American principles abandoned,” DeSantis said. in his victory speech.
“We’ll never make it to the awakening crowd. Florida is where the revival is going to die.”
What is his relationship with Donald Trump?
Mr. DeSantis is increasingly seen as an alternative to Donald Trump. The two were previously allies, having welcomed each other and taken similar positions on many issues.
As Mr. DeSantis’ popularity and ambitions grow, so does speculation about tensions between the two.
At a rally over the weekend, Mr Trump coined his own nickname for his former ally, calling him “Ron De-Sanctimonious” and downplayed his election victory.
“Shouldn’t it be said that in 2020 I got 1.1 million more votes in Florida than Ron D this year, 5.7 million versus 4.6 million?” Mr. Trump said on his Truth Social platform. “I was just asking?”
The Wall Street Journal opined on Thursday that “Trump is the Republican Party’s biggest loser.”
The New York Post tabloid cover portrays Trump on a precarious wall as “Trumpty Dumpty” who “took a big fall” in the vote, blaming him for the Republicans’ failure to sweep their Democratic rivals.
He celebrated Mr. DeSantis as “DeFUTURE”.
Mr Trump continues to lead in the polls when Republicans are asked who they want to represent the party in the race for the 2024 White House.