Flags in support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former US president Donald Trump fly in Lake Worth, Florida, on October 18. DeSantis’ success in Florida and the losses by many Trump-endorsed candidates indicate a potential changing of the guard at the head of the Republican Party. Photo: Bloomberg
Flags in support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former US president Donald Trump fly in Lake Worth, Florida, on October 18. DeSantis’ success in Florida and the losses by many Trump-endorsed candidates indicate a potential changing of the guard at the head of the Republican Party. Photo: Bloomberg
Thomas O. Falk
Opinion

Opinion

Thomas O. Falk

Trump’s message to Republicans is clear: back me over DeSantis or prepare for war

  • Trump’s candidacy was expected, but his star shines less brightly these days and Republicans have a viable alternative in DeSantis
  • Trump bowing out for the good of the party is unlikely, raising the prospect of another clash between MAGA Republicans and the party establishment

Flags in support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former US president Donald Trump fly in Lake Worth, Florida, on October 18. DeSantis’ success in Florida and the losses by many Trump-endorsed candidates indicate a potential changing of the guard at the head of the Republican Party. Photo: Bloomberg
Flags in support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former US president Donald Trump fly in Lake Worth, Florida, on October 18. DeSantis’ success in Florida and the losses by many Trump-endorsed candidates indicate a potential changing of the guard at the head of the Republican Party. Photo: Bloomberg
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