During an interview, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was asked why comedian Trevor Noah joked about him during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. DeSantis gave his side of the story. “So, I never was, I would never attend that,” said Gov. DeSantis at the dinner, after having been asked if he was “supposed to attend” it. “I have no interest in that; I didn’t watch it.” “I don’t care what they do, but for them to advertise me, when the invitation was rejected by my office, that is a lie.” [tweet_embed] May 4, 2022[/tweet_embed] “And so, here they are, saying how important they are, they are these paragons of truth, and yet there they are lying about something that is readily verifiable.” “The idea that I was there is false. The idea that I would have ever gone is false. And why they would want to try to perpetuate a lie about that, I don’t know.” “But I think it just shows you why that cabal in DC and New York are so reviled by so many Americans. I think it’s a reputation that’s been well-deserved,” Gov. DeSantis concluded. [tweet_embed] May 4, 2022[/tweet_embed] Ever since Donald Trump was taken out of the White House, the question has never been whether he would do whatever he could to get back in. The question has always been whether he is capable. At first, it looked like Trump could easily take the Republican nomination but could not defeat President Biden. However, this notion is slowly fading. Increasingly, Trump is looking more robust against the futile Biden while deteriorating as the preferred candidate for Republicans. The possibility of the GOP turning to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is very real if DeSantis plays his cards right and Trump keeps playing his cards wrong. And a Ron DeSantis-Tim Scott ticket could be a combination Trump can’t beat. Trump should be stronger than Biden in any prospective 2024 ballot test, but that is not the case. Despite nine months of bad news and worsening inflation, Biden and Trump are roughly even across multiple national surveys. Looking at the April polling, Trump’s best result is the Insider Advantage poll, with Trump at 47 percent to Biden’s 43 percent. Both Harris and Redfield & Wilton have Trump up 2 points. Alternately, Morning Consult has Biden leading 45 percent to 44 percent, and YouGov has Biden leading by 2 points. [tweet_embed] May 4, 2022[/tweet_embed] And all this while Biden’s approval ratings are tanking. Through mid-August 2021, Biden’s approval average stayed above 50 percent. Since then, his approval has dropped to an average of 42 percent. The trouble for Trump is that his approvals are hardly moving. Trump’s average approval split was 53 percent unfavorable to 43 percent favorable in August and remains roughly the same today.