During an interview on Monday, former President Donald Trump revealed that he is eyeing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a potential running mate in 2024. The comments came during an interview on Fox Business with host Stuart Varney.
“Sure I would … I would certainly consider Ron,” Trump said to Varney.
“I was at the beginning of Ron,” the former president said while talking about DeSantis who graduated from both Yale and Harvard Law School.
“I was the first one to endorse him when he came out as a congressman that a lot of people didn’t know, and my endorsement helped him tremendously,” Trump said.
“And I know him very well. He’s a great guy,” Trump continued.
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Still, he left the pick open — though without mentioning his former vice president, Pence, who last week admitted that he didn’t see “eye to eye” with Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which he called “a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.”
Instead, Trump told Varney there were “other great people that have done a great job with states” whom he could pick as his Republican running mate.
“And you don’t see that with the Democrats — they kept their states closed and locked down, and the schools are closed. It’s just absolutely outrageous how they get away with it,” he said.
The 45th commander-in-chief did not correct Varney when he said it was clear he was “considering running in 2024” — then chuckled when pointing out that “so many people are saying that I should run” in 2022 for either the House or Senate.
“I think that’s highly unlikely,” he said, seemingly confirming he has his eyes on only the White House.
Trump also took the opportunity during the interview to hammer Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for banning him from the social media platform for two years.
“You know, Zuckerberg would come to the White House to have dinner with me. Couldn’t have been nicer. ‘Sir, you’re number one, congratulations, you’re number one on Facebook.’ All of this crap,” Trump remembered.
“It’s amazing, actually, when you think about it,” he said of the banning.
“These are bad people, these are dangerous people. It’s gotta be stopped because our country is in danger,” Trump continued.
“And they will be stopped eventually,” the former president said of the “radical-left crazy people destroying our country.”
“Who are they to tell us what ideology we should be talking about?” he questioned, calling the Big Tech companies a “disgrace to our country” that have left “people in this country very, very angry.”
“We don’t have free speech anymore,” he pointed out.