GOP Just Became Ron DeSantis’ Party, Reports Suggest

( )- While the midterm elections aren’t officially settled just yet, many political commentators are focusing heavily on the fact that the Republican Party won’t pick up nearly as many seats as most people had thought they would.

Some are saying it’s bad polling that showed Republicans would win huge majorities in the House and the Senate. Some liberals are saying it’s actually a vote of confidence for what they are doing in Congress and the White House.

Others still are saying it’s a clear sign that former President Donald Trump is no longer the head of the Republican Party.

That last sentiment is what the panel on Wednesday’s show of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC focused on, mocking Trump in the process.

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis won a huge re-election victory, defeating his challenger, Democratic Representative Charlie Crist, by a margin of 59.4% to 40%. It was the first time that a Republican candidate for governor in Florida won Miami-Dade County — which is traditionally heavy Democrat — since back in 2002.

That led Joe Scarborough, the co-host of “Morning Joe,” to say on Wednesday morning:

“Hey, Donald Trump, meet Boris Johnson. There was a coronation last night, probably as grand as King Charles III’s coronation is going to be in the spring, and it was Ron DeSantis in Florida.

“Unfortunately, Donald Trump lost the rest of America. Now, I’m not going to say this is the end of Donald Trump, but there are a lot of Republicans this morning waking up going, ‘wait a second. Ron DeSantis is winning Miami-Dade outright and winning 20 percentage points in the state historically, well, Donald Trump is tweeting, cheering against Republicans.'”

While DeSantis’ victory was huge for the Republican Party, it is not for Trump, as Scarborough said on the air.

And he’s probably right.

DeSantis is seen as Trump’s biggest potential threat in a Republican presidential primary in 2024. While neither man has officially said they are going to run for president, it’s a foregone conclusion that they both will.

Scarborough also referred to two other takeaways from the midterm elections.

First, many Trump-backed candidates failed in the general election against their Democratic counterparts. Many people around the nation are saying that this was a vote against Trump as much as it was a vote for a Democrat — signaling that the party’s voters are ready to move to a new head of the GOP.

Second, Trump didn’t spend a lot of time leading up to the midterms attacking Democratic candidates for office, but he did hurl some attacks and threats at DeSantis — a member of his own party.

This is likely because Trump has already turned his sights away from the midterms and toward the presidential race in 2024. And Trump sees DeSantis now as a real threat to his prospects of claiming the GOP nomination.

Many believe Trump is right to be afraid, as DeSantis continues to gain power in the party and a nationwide following.