Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Donald Trump slams Ron DeSantis, Club For Growth as ‘globalists’. (By Jacob Ogles, Florida Politics)

The nascent DeSANTIS-TRUMP feud reminds me of one of Abraham Lincoln's immortal stories about an abused Illinois spouse whose hubristic husband was attacked by a wild bear.  The long-suffering wife's response was: "Go husband! Go bear!"  

Donald Trump slams Ron DeSantis, Club For Growth as ‘globalists’.  

By Jacob Ogles, 

Florida Politics

January 30, 2023

He compared the Governor to a former Primary foe, Jeb Bush.

Former President Donald Trump is attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis as a “globalist” in a pointed Truth Social post. The rhetorical attack steps up Trump’s increasing criticism of a one-time political ally as a potential 2024 Presidential Primary matchup looms.

“Ron DeSanctimonious, who I made Governor in BOTH the Primary and the General, is also a Globalist, and so are his donors,” Trump posted. “Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush was next to him last week. Check PAST!”

Trump defeated Bush, a former Florida Governor, for the 2016 Republican nomination for President, and tensions remained high between the two long after Trump won a term in the White House.

The hostility between Trump and DeSantis is definitely a more recent development, though not a surprising one. Friction between the two political leaders has ramped up over the years. After losing the White House to Democratic President Joe Biden in 2020, Trump has already announced he will run again in 2024. Most expect DeSantis to run for President this cycle as well.

Within Trump circles, that has been viewed as an act of disloyalty. Most credit Trump’s endorsement of DeSantis as allowing DeSantis to defeat Adam Putnam in 2018 for the Republican nomination for Governor. The President also campaigned for DeSantis in the General Election that year, where he topped Democrat Andrew Gillum by a scant 32,463 votes.

In the same post where Trump slammed the Governor of his home state, he also brought up an old grudge against the political organization Club For Growth.

“The Club For No Growth is a GLOBALIST group that I have been taking to the cleaners for years. We worked together for a period, but they couldn’t get away from China, Europe, Asia and parts unknown,” Trump said. “They know I won’t play that game, I am America First all the way. That’s the ONLY way we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

The group has had a hot-and-cold relationship with Trump at various points, opposing his candidacy for president in 2016 but then supporting pro-Trump candidates and even coordinating endorsements in later election cycles. But the forces reportedly parted ways again in 2022 amid differences on who to support in several key Midterm Elections.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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