George Conway said that Ron DeSantis may be the only Republican figure who has a chance of beating Trump.
Conway said Trump might announce a candidacy soon to prevent donors from backing other Republican candidates.
Neither DeSantis nor Trump have formally declared their intention to run for president in 2024.
Conservative lawyer and Trump critic George Conway said he believes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is the only Republican candidate with a chance of defeating Trump in 2024.
Conway made the remarks Saturday during an appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” He’s the husband of former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, and has publicly broke up with his wife in their different political views.
During the segment, host Anderson Cooper asked Conway if he thought Trump would announce a presidential bid before the midterms to disrupt the field of Republican candidates, to which Conway said it was “absolutely” possible.
“I think he understands that it can discourage people from applying, and it will end up freezing donors from giving money to other people,” Conway said.
He added that donors are likely to think twice about wasting their money on other candidates if Trump is “probably going to win.”
“The only way they beat him for the nomination is if maybe somebody can run a one-on-one campaign against him, probably DeSantis,” Conway said, adding that it’s “very possible” DeSantis would make a presidential bid.
Conway also highlighted how a multi-candidate race could split the vote between Trump and the rest, allowing the former president to clinch the nomination due to the GOP’s “winner-takes-all delegate rules.”
Conway also told Cooper that he thought Trump was “definitely going to announce” his candidacy soon.
“I think he can’t help it. I think he thinks this is his way of undermining the investigation against him and immunizing himself against the investigation by saying, ‘Oh, this is all political. Look at this. They want to prevent me from winning and being president again. , and I’m going to save the country and so on,'” Conway said.
Conway is not the only conservative figure to have weighed in on a potential Trump candidacy. Former House Republican staffer kurt bardella he said he thinks Trump is likely to announce his campaign soon because he has “the impulse control of a little kid.” And already in October, Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows he said he was willing to bet all the money he had that Trump would run again in 2024.
washington post reported this month that Trump has been meet with major donors in private, where they discussed the midterm exams and the probability that he will run for the next elections. Meanwhile, Trump is continues to hint at campaigning without officially declaring his candidacy.
Previously informed insider that Trump considered announcing his 2024 candidacy on July 4, but rejected the plan.
Both DeSantis and Trump are seen as pioneers for the 2024 presidential ticket, though neither has formally declared their intention to run. A DeSantis representative he told Insider last week that DeSantis remains “focused on Florida and running for reelection as governor this year.”
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