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There has really only been one Republican with the star power that can even come close, let alone eclipse that of Donald Trump. That star power would have to go to recently re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. While it can’t be said that the Governor’s popularity has exactly endeared him to Trump, it has been exciting to speculate and pontificate on what might be next for DeSantis after his time as Governor comes to a close, as it inevitability will.
In fact, it is now being reported by Fox News that:
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida will chronicle his life in public service in a new book that will publish in late February in what will be seen by political pundits as another step by the conservative champion toward a possible 2024 presidential run.
The Associated Press
The autobiography by DeSantis, who was overwhelmingly re-elected three weeks ago to a second four-year term steering the increasingly red Sunshine State, is titled “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.”
Word of the book, scheduled to be published Feb. 28 by Broadside, the conservative arm of HarperCollins Publishing, was shared first with Fox News Wednesday.
The publishers highlight that the autobiography will cover key moments in DeSantis’ life, from “growing up in a working-class family, playing in the Little League World Series, working his way through Yale University and Harvard Law School, volunteering for the Navy after 9/11 and serving in Iraq.”
Fox News went on to report that:
The memoir will also detail his marriage to Casey DeSantis, their children and his wife’s battle with cancer.
Florida’s governor has seen his popularity soar among conservatives across the country the past 2½ years, courtesy of his forceful pushback against coronavirus pandemic restrictions and his aggressive actions as a culture wars warrior targeting the media and corporations.
The publishers note that the book “will center on critical issues that brought [DeSantis] to the center of the debate over the future of our country. He shares his thinking from when he was fighting back against COVID mandates and restrictions, critical race theory, woke corporations” and what they describe as “the partisan legacy media.” They add that the memoir will chronicle what they call “his bold, substantial policy achievements.”
It was further reported by ABC News that:
Wednesday’s announcement comes in the wake of DeSantis’ decisive reelection victory and likely will add to speculation that he plans a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. Former President Donald Trump has already declared his candidacy and warned DeSantis that he will reveal information “that won’t be very flattering” should the governor oppose him.
According to Broadside, DeSantis will cover everything from his childhood to his service in the Iraq War to his years as Florida governor, when he made opposition to COVID-19 restrictions and the fight against “woke” culture centerpieces of his first term.
ABC News went on to report that:
“What Florida has done is establish a blueprint for governance that has produced tangible results while serving as a rebuke to the entrenched elites who have driven our nation into the ground. Florida is proof positive that we, the people are not powerless in the face of these elites,” DeSantis writes in his book, according to Broadside.
HarperCollins is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The Murdoch-run New York Post has openly disparaged Trump recently, burying news of his announcement for president and later referring to Trump’s announcement speech as “meandering” and criticizing him for “false and divisive claims about the 2020 election being stolen from him.”
So, it could well be that DeSantis might pick up, perhaps the apt metaphor is wrench away, the torch for the GOP from Trump and carry it forward in glorious defiance. In a recent poll that was released just before Thanksgiving, DeSantis showed voters favoring DeSantis. It was a YouGove poll on the national level that showed the find. There was also a Quinnipac poll that showed 6 in 10 people showed Trump’s latest campaign to be a “bad thing”. Follow The Raging Patriot for more on this story as it develops.