Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving more and more to the right as he is weighing a 2024 presidential bid. This strategy could help him win support in the GOP’s conservative base and it could help him defeat his rivals, including former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis has already developed a good reputation with the conservative side but in recent days he has increased his conservative rhetoric.
This past week alone he called on the state Supreme Court to investigate whether there were any wrongdoings in the development and promotion of the COVID-19 vaccine. In this battle, he has also moved against Anthony Fauci, the White House adviser on COVID-19.
Recently he also said he was against a federal law that was designed to protect same-sex and interracial marriages. This clear rightwing position could help him gain more support from the conservative side as he heads into the 2024 general election, but it could also lead to potential problems.
Saul Anuzis, a Republican strategist, said that DeSantis will first need to win the primary before he can move on to the general election. In the primary, he will need to appeal to the Republican constituency which “is still very Trump-ish,” this is why he needs to be a conservative voice that can be an alternative to Trump. However, the key to this will be that he does not take his position too far.