Former President Donald J. Trump left office on January 20th, 2021 but has not left the mainstream media new cycle.
In addition to the MAGA movement’s continual drumbeat of 2020 election fraud and theft, the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has held several public sessions, some during prime time hours leading to a subpoena requiring Trump to appear for questioning.
In spite of all their efforts, the “witch hunt” committee has not be able to diminish Trump’s popularity with his base.
A Morning Consult poll taken just prior to the midterm election showed support for the former president remained relatively steady among Republicans:
Support for a potential Donald Trump 2024 presidential bid has remained relatively steady over the last year and a half, data from a Morning Consult survey found.
The survey asserts Trump’s support is exactly the same as the survey taken in May 2021, which showed 48 percent of potential GOP voters supporting him.
The 45th president’s approval did reach a high of 57 percent in August 2022, before dropping back down to the 48 percent level in November.
But a poll taken after the midterm election shows Republican support for a Ron DeSantis 2024 run has shifted from former President Donald Trump overnight.
A YouGov poll found Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leads the former president by seven points – 42 percent versus Trump’s 35 percent.
1,500 U.S. adult citizens were surveyed between November 9-11.
Among voters who identified as “strong” Republicans, Trump leads DeSantis by two points (45 to 43 percent) while DeSantis leads Trump among “not very strong” Republicans (38 to 31 percent) and those who lean Republican (45 to 21 percent).
The results show a dramatic flip as the same poll in October showed Republicans overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump over Ron DeSantis (45 to 35 percent).
Since the midterm election in which Republicans failed to take back the U.S. Senate and will likely win the U.S. House by narrow margins, the former president has begun to preemptively attack two popular Republican governors who are being mentioned as possible 2024 presidential candidates.
The two men in Trump’s bullseye include Governor Ron DeSantis (FL) and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
“Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017—he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers,” Trump wrote.
“Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot, Ron.’ When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off,” he added.
NEW: Trump goes postal on DeSantis ? pic.twitter.com/WoXM0AEY2S
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 10, 2022
The former president also attacked Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin saying he would not have won the election without his support.
“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me,” Trump wrote on social media on Friday morning.
Youngkin issued no direct response, saying he does “not call people names.”
“I didn’t see it… You all know me. I do not call people names. I really work hard to bring people together, and that’s what we’re working on here,” Youngkin told reporters.
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