Daily Bread for 5.24.23: For Trump & DeSantis, It’s One or Neither

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 71. Sunrise is 5:23 AM and sunset 8:20 PM for 14h 56m 43s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 22.3% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Board of Review meets at 6:30 PM

On this day in 1961, Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.

After so much talk about whether DeSantis would run, or what Trump might think about a race against the Florida governor, DeSantis at last announces his candidacy this afternoon (5 PM CT, 6 PM ET) on Twitter Spaces. Although Twitter is in disarray, and was never significant in a town like Whitewater, Twitter under Elon Musk is a conservative social media platform

Conservative populism — Trumpism, really — now faces having to choose a candidate to lead that movement. Trump and DeSantis cannot in 2024 both lead conservative populism: it’s one of them or neither of them. 

The two men are unlike, and leadership under one is certain to be different from leadership under the other. 

If one of them or another populist wins in 2024, then populism nationally, but also in many states and myriad more cities and towns, will have bolstered prospects that will be felt on councils and boards across the country.

Should a populist candidate fail, however, then that movement will face a far greater disappointment than it did from their less-than-expected results in 2022.

The choice of these populists cannot come soon enough, as those of us in opposition, and all America, will then have a more tangible choice to make.

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