‘Real-time’ host Bill Maher wondered if Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would run for President in 2024 – whether or not he received former President Trump’s ‘blessing’ .
During a roundtable on Friday night, Maher cited a poll which showed that “for the first time” a majority of GOP voters were “in favor” of the party and its policies more than Trump while “70% “some Republicans believe Joe Biden was an” illegitimate president. “
“Is it possible that Trump will disappear?” Maher asked. “The lie doesn’t fade but Trump himself. Are they going to be the face of the midterms of him? I mean, is it possible that there are Republicans out there, a lot of them, who are like, ‘First of all he’s a loser. He’s lost. Second, it’s a lot of baggage, it’s a lot of drama. Now that we’ve seen six months without the tweets and the’ Mean Girls’ – and the craziness and redistribution of the Weather Plans. “
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He then highlighted the growing popularity of DeSantis.
“They love this new boy, Ron DeSantis, in Florida. If Ron DeSantis ran against Trump now – it’s Harvard, it’s Yale, Navy, you know,” Maher said. “I mean, again, not my policy, but if he runs against Trump, and these people behind the scenes, they don’t want to wait for Trump because he will live to be a million … . I don’t want to know if Ron DeSantis wants to wait for Donald Trump’s blessing and I wonder if Republicans don’t want Trumpism without him and the drama. “
Rick Wilson, co-founder of the disgraced anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, insisted Republicans “want” Trump and that he is the presumed 2024 candidate.
“They can look at Ron DeSantis and think, ‘Oh, he might be kinda okay’ but the minute Ron DeSantis – Iowa or New Hampshire or South Carolina – and Trump sees him on Fox and loses his s – and says” Weak loser Ron DeSantis! He should be hated! He’s not a manly man like me! ” it will absolutely destroy the guy’s career, ”Wilson told Maher.
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“Right now, if Donald Trump isn’t eaten by an alligator or struck by lightning, or slapped in jail, he’s the presumptive candidate for 24. We just have to accept that,” Wilson added.
“I hope you are wrong,” Maher told Wilson. “But I would never bet against Donald Trump.”