In an increasingly bitter fight between the Republican party and former President Donald Trump over the standard to which Republican politicians must adhere, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has recently entered the fray. DeSantis, who was elected in 2018 and is widely viewed as a strong potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, recently lambasted Trump in an interview with Fox News. The governor said that although he thanked the former president for his endorsement, he is confident that his own popularity will not depend solely on Trump’s backing. The governor’s words have caused a rift within the Republican party, with some conservatives slamming DeSantis for going against the former president. The split is a result not only of DeSantis’ negative statements, but also of the Florida governor’s refusal to take part in what some within the GOP consider to be an effort to erase Trump from the party’s history. To them, DeSantis’ refusal to toe the party line is seen as a betrayal. On the other hand, some Republicans view DeSantis as having taken a bold stand against a party leader whose aggressive rhetoric and authoritarian tendencies have alienated moderate and independent voters in the past. That stance has become increasingly pertinent as the Republican party pursues convincing those very same voters in the 2022 and 2024 races. In the end, as Republicans look for a candidate to lead them into a more electorally successful future, DeSantis’ tough line on Trump may be a decisive factor in the GOP’s electoral success or failure. Only time will tell whether DeSantis’ decision to separate himself from Trump will ultimately be seen as a success or a mistake.