Early in His Campaign Roger Stone Helped President Trump Manage Ron DeSantis’s Entry in the Race | Joe Hoft


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Early in His Campaign Roger Stone Helped President Trump Manage Ron DeSantis’s Entry in the Race

President Trump wanted to hammer Governor Ron DeSantis early in the 2024 campaign.  Roger Stone apparently offered some advice on how to handle the situation. 

A recent report shared how Roger Stone helped guide President Trump on how to deal with Ron DeSantis early in his campaign.

Trump wanted to hammer DeSantis, even as staff and top advisers told him it was a bad idea, especially in Florida. The planning of the [November 2022] event itself had already stoked Trump-DeSantis intrigue because the governor was not invited, a perceived snub that spun off its own version of rivalry stories, especially because DeSantis had decided to hold his own set of competing rallies on the same day. The Trump camp did not technically say DeSantis could not come, but they hadn’t invited him, either. Alex Latcham, who served as White House deputy political director during Trump’s time in office and who currently works for his campaign, called Helen Aguirre Ferré, who was by then executive director of the Florida GOP, to invite all statewide elected officials to the event.

The confidants of President Trump reportedly turned to Roger Stone:

They turned to Roger Stone, the veteran political dirty trickster and longtime close adviser to Trump, who was in attendance at the event.

“He sought a lot of counsel about whether or not to attack Ron that night, and for a while it felt like it was a fifty-fifty proposition,” said a Trump adviser. “We sent some folks out to find Roger, and they did. What he told President Trump was that ‘now is not the time,’ and he listened.”

The idea of Stone talking any politician, much less Trump, out of a political knife fight might seem surprising considering that he is among history’s most pugilistic political advisers—and consider- ing his infamous hatred of DeSantis. But on that night, Stone repre- sented the voice of reason.

“At the end of the day, [Stone] loves President Trump more than he hates Ron DeSantis,” the adviser said.

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