Roger Stone, a criminal and longtime confidant of Donald Trump, warned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that he is seeking to block the re-election of a Republican governor by opposing him unless DeSantis “pledges” not to run for the 2024 presidential race.
Stone, a Florida resident, told CBS in Miami on Friday that he had “no illusions about my ability to become governor-elect,” adding, “That’s not the point.”
But Stone is convinced he can siphon enough votes to ruin DeSantis’ chances of re-election next year. Stone said he will race as a libertarian or other third party, according to CBS.
Stone’s warning was an attempt to scare off a potentially dangerous challenger for his buddy Trump in the 2024 race – although Stone argued that he believed any state governor should commit to serving a full term in office.
Trump boasted last month that he would “beat” DeSantis in the Republican presidential primaries, which showed that he was thinking about such a standoff.
Stone told CBS that DeSantis must “promise the people of Florida that he will fill all four years of the second term” ahead of his re-election.
“I don’t want him to be re-elected and then immediately leave Florida to flee and run for president, especially if he is running against Donald Trump,” he added.
DeSantis said he was running for re-election and called rumors that he would hit the presidency as “fabricated.”
He was not immediately contacted to comment on Stone’s warning.
Trump hasn’t announced plans to run in 2024, but it looks like he’s been campaigning for weeks. He said he would wait to announce his intention to evade “ridiculous” campaign finance laws.
A columnist for the Palm Beach Daily joked that Stone was like a mafia boss enforcer, passing the threat from above to DeSantis.
Roger Paulie’s Stone of Walnuts delivered “the verbal equivalent of a dead fish on Governor Ron DeSantis’s doorstep,” warning him not to flee, mocked writer Frank Serabino.
Last week, Stone threatened to run for Florida governor if DeSantis refuses to audit his state’s 2020 vote (which Trump won).
“Unless Gov. Ron DeSantis orders a full audit of Florida’s vote in 2020, I may have to push for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for governor in 2022. And Ron can kiss his arrogant Yali on the ass goodbye, ”Stone wrote in his Telegram account. …
Stone was the keynote speaker at a rally in Washington DC on the eve of January 6th. He was surrounded and guarded by the leaders and members of the right-wing extremist groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
That evening, he urged the crowd to “fight” and “never give up … never give up.”
He then stayed at the Willard Hotel in downtown, on the site of the “war room” where Trump’s allies plotted to cancel a legitimate presidential election. Stone told CBS in Miami that I was “unaware” of the existence of such a command center.
Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison last year for seven crimes, including falsifying witnesses, lying to the FBI and Congress, and obstructing a House investigation into a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.
Trump commuted Stone’s sentence in July 2020.
Watch all of Stone’s interviews with CBS Miami in the video above.