Former President Donald Trump, who is expected to officially announce his 2024 White House bid on November 15 at Mar-a-Lago, has started to throw jabs at the anti-Trump’s current pick to challenge number 45, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis, who destroyed Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in the Sunshine State’s 2022 gubernatorial contest, is an increasingly popular figure on the political right after turning Florida from a purple state to a solid red machine.
Last Saturday in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Trump delivered his first public attack on the Florida Governor.
The MAGA leader who endorsed DeSantis’ 2018 bid for governor, used a derogatory nickname when describing the governor’s personality.
Following DeSantis’s victory, Trump took to Truth Social to point out that he did better in 2020 in his new home state than Ron in his 2022 blowout.
“Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?”
Now Trump has threatened to disclose unflattering material about DeSantis if he does decide to run for president.
“If he runs, he runs,” Trump said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Trump, who called the governor “a fine guy,” said that in the event DeSantis chooses to run, he will share “things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife, who is really running his campaign.”
“I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly,” Trump said, according to the outlet. “I think he would be making a mistake,” he said.
“I think the base would not like it.” Fox News Digital reported that Trump also said that he does not “think it would be good for the party, he added”
However, the former president did say this week that he voted for the governor’s reelection.
Donald Trump when asked if he voted for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL):
“Yes, I did.” pic.twitter.com/ufnBQPOXyH
— The Recount (@therecount) November 8, 2022
For me, a Trump, DeSantis blow fest would be disastrous for the Republican party and would most likely give the Democrats another 4 years in the White House.
Governor DeSantis can really show his leadership by staying out of the fray and waiting to run until 2028.
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