I think this misreads the politics
I think this misreads the politics. Trump will continue with his Big Lie, and insist that Rs follow suit. If DeSantis goes along, he loses in the general. If he doesn’t, he will likely lose to Trump in the primaries as a weak RINO. The R party is going to implode over this.
The challenge might come soon. Trump may announce before the midterms, largely to thwart DeSantis. DeSantis has yet to say whether he thinks Biden’s election was legitimate. Most Rs think it wasn’t, and believe that Trump was not responsible for J6.
Taking Aim at DeSantis, Spooked Trump Considers Launching 2024 Bid in FloridaSources tell Rolling Stone that the former president has been asking if anyone has venues near the governor’s mansion in Tallahasseehttps://tinyurl.com/25chwg39
So far, DeSantis has been doing a pretty piss poor job at “triangulation” (though, to be fair, it is not clear how he could have done any better, given his own politics and the political realities) — and it is only going to get worse for him.
‘Those are his people’: Nikki Fried links Ron DeSantis to Jan. 6 insurrectionistsThe Republican Governor didn’t take questions the day of or the day after the first Jan. 6 prime-time hearing.https://tinyurl.com/2aawltow
For example: If DoJ indicts Trump before the 2024 elections (very likely now) and that knocks him out of the race, Trump and his cult (i.e., the R base) will demand that any R candidate promise to pardon him for federal crimes.
Then what would DeSantis do?