Lara Trump warns Ron DeSantis NOT to run against her father-in-law in 2024


Lara Trump on Sunday warned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not to run against her father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. 

‘I think he’s a smart enough guy to know that it would be great to have all of the support of all of this party, of the “America First,” MAGA movement, whatever you want to call it, fully behind him in 2028, then possibly fracturing it in 2024,’ Trump said on Sky News Australia. ‘I can tell you those primaries get very messy and very raw.’ 

Lara Trump was asked about a potential DeSantis-Trump match-up as the former president looks poised to announce a 2024 bid Tuesday from his Mar-a-Lago resort, while other Republicans and their media allies are pointing to DeSantis as the future leader of the GOP. 

Lara Trump on Sunday warned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not to run against her father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, suggesting they can ‘get very messy and very raw’ 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Former President Donald Trump

Lara Trump was asked about a 2024 showdown between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) and her father-in-law, former President Donald Trump (right) during an appearance on Sky News Australia Sunday 

DeSantis hasn’t indicated if he plans to throw his hat into the 2024 ring. 

DeSantis beat Democrat Charlie Crist by 19 points in last week’s election, easily earning himself a second term, while other Republican candidates struggled. 

Sources in Florida told CNN last week that the Florida governor would likely wait until after state lawmakers meet for their annual legislative session, meaning a presidential announcement wouldn’t come until May or June of next year. 

Lara Trump guessed that ‘he’s probably waiting to see what my father-in-law does.’  

‘I think that Ron DeSantis is very smart. He’s a young guy. There will be a lot of opportunity for him in the future, and he knows this, to run for president,’ she said.  

‘So wouldn’t it be nicer for him – and I think he knows this – to wait until 2028?’ she argued. 

Trump has already bestowed a nickname on the governor, ‘Ron DeSanctimonious,’ using it at several pre-Election Day rallies, and slammed DeSantis last week on Truth Social, calling him ‘desperate’ for an endorsement in 2017.  

Trump also pushed that DeSantis lacked ‘loyalty and class’ for leaving the door open to a 2024 presidential run. 

Fingers were pointed at Trump in the aftermath of last week’s midterm races, with Democrats holding onto their Senate majority and Republicans looking like they’ll barely have a House majority. 

Lara Trump said she believed Republicans would coalesce around her father-in-law again, just as they did when he won the GOP primary in 2016. 

‘I think the party would be behind him, and I think they know the American people by and large are behind him,’ she said. ‘I think we’re poised for something very big and very exciting,’ she added.  

If Trump goes through with his announcement Tuesday it will be early, historically, for a candidate to announce a presidential bid. 

Lara Trump (left) is photographed at Tiffany Trump's (center left) wedding at Mar-a-Lago Saturday alongside (from left) Marla Maples, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle

Lara Trump (left) is photographed at Tiffany Trump’s (center left) wedding at Mar-a-Lago Saturday alongside (from left) Marla Maples, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle 

Lara Trump (right) attended sister-in-law Tiffany Trump's (left) wedding at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, before returning to punditry Sunday

Lara Trump (right) attended sister-in-law Tiffany Trump’s (left) wedding at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, before returning to punditry Sunday 

For the 2020 cycle, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the first out of the gate, announcing an exploratory committee over New Year’s Eve as 2018 transitioned into 2019. 

Now President Joe Biden didn’t enter the race until April 2019. 

‘I hope it’s a very historic event,’ Lara Trump said when asked about the former president’s Tuesday plans. ‘If indeed he does decide to run again, then that’s the announcement we hear on Tuesday,’ she added. 

Lara Trump, who is married to Trump’s middle son Eric, said she recalled being at Trump Tower in June 2015 when Trump slid down the escalator and announced the bid where he was ultimately successful. 

‘I didn’t really realize, I think, in that moment how historic it would be and how poignant a moment that was in my life personally, but for all of the country and really the entire world,’ she said.  

‘So look, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in South Florida on Tuesday, highly recommend stopping by Mar-a-Lago, I don’t think you’ll regret it,’ she added. 

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