By PAUL SACCA | October 16, 2022
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In the most recent episode of “The Rubin Report,” Kelly declared that there are only two ways that DeSantis could replace Trump as the favorite candidate for the GOP’s presidential nominee in the 2024 election.
“Well, I just don’t think anybody else could win if Trump runs,” Kelly told BlazeTV personality Dave Rubin.
Rubin asked Kelly if DeSantis had a chance if he got on a debate stage with Trump.
“No. No. I don’t even think that a little,” Kelly replied. “I think Trump sucks up all the energy in every room – no matter what. And even someone who’s skilled as a politician and smart policy-wise as DeSantis can’t overcome that – he can’t.”
Kelly said that there are only two ways that DeSantis could become the Republican presidential nominee over Trump in 2024.
Kelly said, “The only way DeSantis is going to become the Republican nominee is if Trump chooses not to run and endorses him or dies.”
The former Fox News host said that if Trump declared that he wants to be the Republican nominee and he lost to DeSantis in the 2024 Republican primary that Make America Great Again supporters will not desert Trump – even for DeSantis. Kelly said that she talks to Trump supporters “all of the time,” and that they won’t abandon Trump for DeSantis. She said that Trump supporters “like” DeSantis, but they feel as though Trump was “screwed out of his first term” because of the Russiagate allegations. Kelly said Trump supporters believe that he “deserves” a second term.
Kelly declared, “And so unless Trump gracefully and graciously says, ‘Get behind DeSantis,’ I wouldn’t put any chips on DeSantis at all.”
Rubin added that DeSantis and Trump should get together to iron out any differences to empower the best candidate to beat the Democrats. Rubin conceded that there is a “certain portion” of Trump supporters who would rather “burn everything down” if Trump isn’t the nominee in 2024.
Kelly replied, “But it’s a huge portion, Dave. Like the hardcore Trump faithful is unshakable.”
Kelly said that Trump supporters “like” DeSantis, however, “they would never cross Trump for him.”
“And they think DeSantis owes his political career to Trump,” she added. “If forced to choose, they will choose Trump. So, DeSantis can’t take him down.”
Kelly proclaimed, “DeSantis has got to either be crowned by Trump or he shouldn’t run.”
“I was gonna say it’s not gonna be a kamikaze mission because he wouldn’t take down Trump,” she continued. “Only Trump can take down Trump. But he won’t win over Trump. I’ll stand by that. You can play it against me if I’m wrong, but I won’t be.”
Rubin – who moved to Florida this year – said that he selfishly wants DeSantis to remain governor of Florida because the governor “loves Florida so much.”
“Let’s let’s keep running with this thing and see how great we can make this state,” Rubin said.
Kelly suggested that “it wouldn’t be bad” if the executive branch was frozen because it has “gotten too big and too out of control.”
She added that before the potential presidential gridlock, “There’s a lot of stuff that Biden’s done that needs to be undone.”
Rubin asked Kelly about her opinion on President Joe Biden’s cognitive situation.
“Joe Biden is not okay,” she responded. “There’s no question in my mind.”
Kelly said, “All the signs of dementia are present and increasing. It’s getting worse by the day. The being lost all the time – that’s a sign.”
“He’s not in control of what he says, of what he blurts out,” Kelly said.
You can watch the entire Megyn Kelly interview on “The Rubin Report” below.