January 22, 2022

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Aside from Trump, DeSantis dominates chatter outside Mar-a-Lago – Business Insider

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  • About 300 Trump supporters gathered outside Mar-a-Lago on the anniversary of the Capitol attack.
  • They told me they wanted former President Donald Trump to run again in 2024.
  • But they also picked a very close second favorite: Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

I woke up on the morning of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol expecting to spend my whole day covering former President Donald Trump.

I didn’t expect to get an earful about Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. Yet that is exactly what happened.

It all started when I woke up to an email from DeSantis’ office alerting reporters that he would be holding a press conference in West Palm Beach, not far from where I was planning to cover a pro-Trump rally for Insider outside Mar-a-Lago later that day.

Just two days earlier, Trump abruptly canceled a press conference he was going to host at his private club in Palm Beach where he lives, but his most fervent supporters were still planning to gather at a rally down the road in a Publix supermarket parking lot.

I recently relocated from Washington, DC, to South Florida to cover the 2022 midterms, DeSantis’ reelection, and the lead-up to the 2024 election. This would be my first in-person press conference with DeSantis, so I decided to attend and see whether I could ask the Republican governor a few questions.

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