Former Trump adviser Roger Stone wants to give Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a piece of advice: to stay out of the running in the 2024 presidential election. According to Stone, to run against Trump in 2024, would amount to treachery and ingratitude.
Stone posted his cautionary message to DeSantis on Telegram on Wednesday, calling the governor “Ron DeSanctimonius.”
Stone was sentenced to three years of prison in February 2020, found guilty on seven felony counts including lying to authorities, obstructing a congressional investigation and witness intimidation.
“If Governor Ron DeSantis challenges @realDonaldTrump who has made it clear that he will be a candidate in 2024 it would be the most stunning act of ingratitude and treachery in the history of American politics,” Stone wrote.
He also repeated the former president’s claim that a Trump endorsement helped DeSantis win the governorship back in 2019–and therefore De Santis should be grateful.
Despite the fact that neither Trump nor DeSantis has announced a run for the presidency, Stone warned DeSantis that it would be a “big mistake” to compete head-on with Trump and schedule any events on the same day.
There has been much speculation about Trump and his reactions towards DeSantis being a potential 2024 rival. In October, Maggie Haberman, a reporter for The New York Times, told CNN that Trump talks about DeSantis a lot behind the scenes, more so than any other GOP contender. And in September, Rolling Stone reported that Trump was nervous about how much attention DeSantis got from a political stunt that involved chartering two planes to transport 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
In July, the former president also lashed out at “Fox & Friends” for mentioning a poll that showed DeSantis ahead of him, accusing the show’s hosts of going “to the dark side.”