Trump’s Legal Problems Hurts DeSantis More

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The possibility of former President Trump being arrested in New York is putting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) in a precarious position as he heads toward a potential 2024 White House bid.

Trump’s recent prediction that he would be arrested on Tuesday was also followed by Trump calling on his supporters to protest on his behalf over the potential indictment. This call has led to a tense situation in the GOP presidential primary over the weekend, with many declared and prospective candidates defending Trump and stating that the investigation and any potential charges were politically motivated.

On Monday, DeSantis spoke about the possibility of an indictment after being silent about the case for two days. His original silence has led to him facing criticism from some of Trump’s allies who claimed that his silence had shown that disloyalty.

During a news conference, DeSantis had asked about possible charges stating that so far, he had seen a lot of rumors but no facts in the case and that they did not yet know what would happen. He continued to say that what he did know though was that “The Manhattan district attorney is a Soros-funded prosecutor” and that Soros-funded prosecutors “weaponize their office to impose a political agenda on society.”

DeSantis’s remarks further show the precarious position that he is in as he gets closer to a decision regarding the 2024 presidential election. DeSantis, in his commentary, did not mention Trump directly and instead focused his criticisms of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose office is leading the investigation and will decide whether criminal charges will be filed against Trump.