CNN Claims DeSantis Is Hurting His 2024 Chances This Week

This week, he hurt his chances for 2024, CNN claimed Wednesday.

Without looking further into the headline, both Republicans and Democrats would assume CNN is referring to President Joe Biden, whose support has plummeted every since the disaster in Afghanistan began. However, that assumption would be wrong. CNN isn’t referring to Biden. Instead, CNN is currently telling its viewers that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is hurting his presidential chances in 2024.

“Ron DeSantis’ 2024 road just hit a major Covid-19 bump,” CNN put on its homepage:

“Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been seen as a champion of fighting Covid-19 by Republicans — despite extreme surges in the state,” the network says. “In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explores how, beyond the human toll, DeSantis’s approach to the virus could also hurt his presidential chances in 2024.”

Will you be watching The Point? Have you ever heard of The Point?

It’s not hard to envision CNN’s staff before hitting publish, trying to figure out a way to take some of the attention off Biden. New poll numbers from Rasmussen Reports suggest nearly 1 in 10 Democrats regret their vote in the 2020 presidential election. American voters view Biden today significantly worse than they did two weeks ago. Meaning, if Biden slips, it raises the chances that a top Republican candidate will get elected.

The latest odds for 2024 have DeSantis correctly ranked fourth, behind Biden, Kamala Harris, and Donald Trump. In other words, DeSantis’s chances did not decline this week, but likely went up along with Donald Trump’s.

It does appear, though, CNN and MSNBC have comfortably shifted their focus to DeSantis. The two networks first tried to replace Trump with Tucker Carlson, and both channels then spent a weird amount of air time calling Carlson a racist. Well, that didn’t work — the ratings collapsed badly at both networks.

DeSantis is a better target anyway. He is a politician, not a TV host. But DeSantis hasn’t given the media much to spin negatively. The TV networks even had to make up scandals to hit DeSantis where they like to aim.

CBS aired an hour-long hit piece claiming — without any proof — that DeSantis was funneling the state’s coronavirus vaccines to the rich. That was a lie. Far-left race-baiter Joy Reid has now tied DeSantis to a sex trafficking ring, claimed he is “murdering children,” and that states like his only keep black people alive to cook white people steaks. These people are sick but persistent.

Furthermore, the events of Afghanistan will have a longer-lasting effect on voters than COVID cases in Florida. If COVID surges in Florida in August 2021 is the best they have against DeSantis come the fall of 2024, that’s a win for DeSantis.

I will admit, CNN’s homepage gives the network a distinguishable identity. Not even Slate, the New York TimesThe Ringer, or the Washington Post are shameless enough to proclaim this week hurt DeSantis’ — not Biden’s — chances in 2024.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. A couple weeks ago I would have said DeSantis makes the most sense for 2024 but it’s looking increasingly likely Trump will run again. And if he does I think DeSantis may opt to run in ’28.

    DeSantis is a safer pick but I think Biden has done such a shitty job that Trump now has a clear path to make a run. Whether you hate him or love him, Trump didn’t take any shit from foreign rivals or even from allies. No fuggin way the Afghan situation would have played out like that with Trump.

    • You make a good point but never underestimate the ignorance of voters. Remember that for Biden voters COVID was the most important issue – with foreign matters way down the list. If foreign policy and actual performance on that issue had been important, Trumps squashing of the ISIS caliphate would have won him the election going away don’t you think?

      • Yes, Biden’s entire campaign was about covid. That’s the only thing of substance they had to attack Trump on so they ran heavily on that topic. Biden’s handlers kept his public appearances down to an absolute minimum and drug him across the finish line.

        To my point though, things change. Foreign policy may have been way down the list but it’s without a doubt going to be huge the next time around. Afghanistan aside, there’s still a lot of possible scenarios to play out with China among others. Covid will in all likelihood still be around by 2024 but at that point people will be over it. Trump on economy and foreign policy alone would destroy Biden right now.

        I think Biden’s total incompetency in these areas make a Trump run a lot more likely. Despite the Jan 6 narrative Trump gained a ton of steam over the past week. If Biden could just navigate these 4 years w/out major fuck ups then I’d say DeSantis would be the most strategic move.

  2. Only morons believe the covid bullshit anymore with a 99.74% of survival if you’re not in a nursing home. If you’re under 40, 99.99% survival rate. That’s better than the flu and a number of other diseases. Cases don’t mean jack shit especially since the PCR test is unreliable (per the FDA) and can’t distinguish among covid, the common cold or the flu. Why the medical profession and especially hospitals are not treating covid patients with Ivermecten and HCQ and letting them turn blue is beyond me. It’s criminal.

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