Tough on China: The Case for a Trump-DeSantis 2024 Ticket

Commentary How can Republicans essentially guarantee victory in the next election? With a Donald Trump/Ron DeSantis partnership. The former running for president; the latter serving as his vice president. This is the opinion of Jason Miller, a man who worked closely with Trump during his time in office. Miller is correct. Right now, the Democratic Party looks extremely vulnerable, with even the staunchest of liberals turning their backs on the current president, Joe Biden. What would a Trump-DeSantis ticket mean for America? Also, what would a Trump-DeSantis ticket mean for U.S.-China relations? Both former President Trump and Florida Gov. DeSantis would defeat Biden in the 2024 election (should he seek reelection, of course), according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released in early February. Why should Trump and DeSantis team up? DeSantis is a young man. The 43-year-old Jacksonville native may very well be involved in the “game” of politics for the next three to four decades. He has plenty of time to become president. More importantly, he’s a politician who’s respected on both sides of the political aisle. Well spoken, educated, and capable, he has all the ingredients necessary to be a future president. A Trump-DeSantis partnership would excite the masses. Perhaps, more importantly, it would send a direct message to Beijing. A message that many Americans feel is long overdue. According to a 2021 Pew Research Center Survey, roughly “nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) consider China a competitor or enemy, rather than a partner.” A large number of respondents said they “support taking a firmer approach to the bilateral relationship, whether by promoting human rights in China, getting tougher on China economically or limiting Chinese students studying abroad in the United States.” Almost 50 percent of respondents said “limiting China’s power and influence should be a top foreign policy priority for the U.S., up from 32% in 2018.” If America is to become great again, then the “China problem” must be addressed. A rising China is not compatible with a rising America. Fundamentally, the two countries are diametrically opposed; they stand for very different things, very different ideals. Communist China and the United States have very different views on how the world should look. We already know where Trump stands on China. In short, he’s not a fan. What about DeSantis? Like Trump, DeSantis recognizes the dangers of a rising China. Last month, he tweeted the following: “The Chinese Communist Party [CCP] steals America’s technology and is a threat to the semiconductor supply chain.” He promised to invest funds “to increase microchip and semiconductor manufacturing in Florida,” to prevent the CCP from holding “our supply chain hostage.” Addressing the Dangers Biden has been heavily criticized of late. Some of the criticisms are entirely justifiable, especially when it comes to the ways in which he has dealt with China. According to Joshua Rovner, the John Goodwin Tower Professor of International Politics and National Security at Southern Methodist University, Biden doesn’t appear to have any plan for countering China. This is simply unacceptable. The threat posed by the CCP is a real one. Action must be taken immediately. By 2030, China’s economy looks likely to overtake America’s, according to British consultancy Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). The writing is on the wall, and it reads as follows: Act now, or risk catastrophic failure. Prominent authors have spoken about a new cold war between China and the United States. Many argue that it’s occurring right now. But there’s also a cold war occurring at home. After all, the very definition of a cold war is a “a state of political hostility between countries characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare.” Although the United States is one country, it appears to be dominated by very different people with very different visions. This is why other authors fear the eruption of a new civil war. The United States is extremely divided. The Republican Party represents the working class; the Democratic Party, meanwhile, appear to represent the “Birkin class.” By Birkin class, I am talking about the type of people who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a Hermès Birkin bag, the type of people who find themselves far removed from everyday reality. By working class, I am referring to everyday people with everyday concerns; you know, the type of people who want to reduce crime rates in cities across the country; the type of people who are worried about indoctrination taking place in American schools; the type of people who are concerned about the rising cost of essential goods and services; the type of people who are worried about the threats posed by China. Although the Republican Party is not without its flaws, it certainly reflects the concerns of everyday people much more strongly than politi

Tough on China: The Case for a Trump-DeSantis 2024 Ticket

Commentary

How can Republicans essentially guarantee victory in the next election? With a Donald Trump/Ron DeSantis partnership. The former running for president; the latter serving as his vice president.

This is the opinion of Jason Miller, a man who worked closely with Trump during his time in office. Miller is correct. Right now, the Democratic Party looks extremely vulnerable, with even the staunchest of liberals turning their backs on the current president, Joe Biden.

What would a Trump-DeSantis ticket mean for America? Also, what would a Trump-DeSantis ticket mean for U.S.-China relations?

Both former President Trump and Florida Gov. DeSantis would defeat Biden in the 2024 election (should he seek reelection, of course), according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released in early February.

Why should Trump and DeSantis team up?

DeSantis is a young man. The 43-year-old Jacksonville native may very well be involved in the “game” of politics for the next three to four decades. He has plenty of time to become president. More importantly, he’s a politician who’s respected on both sides of the political aisle. Well spoken, educated, and capable, he has all the ingredients necessary to be a future president.

A Trump-DeSantis partnership would excite the masses. Perhaps, more importantly, it would send a direct message to Beijing. A message that many Americans feel is long overdue.

According to a 2021 Pew Research Center Survey, roughly “nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) consider China a competitor or enemy, rather than a partner.” A large number of respondents said they “support taking a firmer approach to the bilateral relationship, whether by promoting human rights in China, getting tougher on China economically or limiting Chinese students studying abroad in the United States.” Almost 50 percent of respondents said “limiting China’s power and influence should be a top foreign policy priority for the U.S., up from 32% in 2018.”

If America is to become great again, then the “China problem” must be addressed. A rising China is not compatible with a rising America. Fundamentally, the two countries are diametrically opposed; they stand for very different things, very different ideals. Communist China and the United States have very different views on how the world should look.

We already know where Trump stands on China. In short, he’s not a fan. What about DeSantis?

Like Trump, DeSantis recognizes the dangers of a rising China. Last month, he tweeted the following: “The Chinese Communist Party [CCP] steals America’s technology and is a threat to the semiconductor supply chain.” He promised to invest funds “to increase microchip and semiconductor manufacturing in Florida,” to prevent the CCP from holding “our supply chain hostage.”

Addressing the Dangers

Biden has been heavily criticized of late. Some of the criticisms are entirely justifiable, especially when it comes to the ways in which he has dealt with China.

According to Joshua Rovner, the John Goodwin Tower Professor of International Politics and National Security at Southern Methodist University, Biden doesn’t appear to have any plan for countering China. This is simply unacceptable.

The threat posed by the CCP is a real one. Action must be taken immediately. By 2030, China’s economy looks likely to overtake America’s, according to British consultancy Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). The writing is on the wall, and it reads as follows: Act now, or risk catastrophic failure.

Prominent authors have spoken about a new cold war between China and the United States. Many argue that it’s occurring right now.

But there’s also a cold war occurring at home. After all, the very definition of a cold war is a “a state of political hostility between countries characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare.” Although the United States is one country, it appears to be dominated by very different people with very different visions. This is why other authors fear the eruption of a new civil war.

The United States is extremely divided. The Republican Party represents the working class; the Democratic Party, meanwhile, appear to represent the “Birkin class.”

By Birkin class, I am talking about the type of people who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a Hermès Birkin bag, the type of people who find themselves far removed from everyday reality.

By working class, I am referring to everyday people with everyday concerns; you know, the type of people who want to reduce crime rates in cities across the country; the type of people who are worried about indoctrination taking place in American schools; the type of people who are concerned about the rising cost of essential goods and services; the type of people who are worried about the threats posed by China.

Although the Republican Party is not without its flaws, it certainly reflects the concerns of everyday people much more strongly than politicians on the left. A Trump-DeSantis ticket would send a strong message to America, and an even stronger message to China. To “Make America Great Again,” the two men should team up.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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John Mac Ghlionn is a researcher and essayist. His work has been published by the New York Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, National Review, and The Spectator US, among others. He covers psychology and social relations, and has a keen interest in social dysfunction and media manipulation.