Sunday, January 29, 2023

Trump says DeSantis running for president would be ‘a great act of disloyalty’ (The Hill)

Two feculent Florida gammons having a catfight. Did DeSANTIS sign paperwork when he sold his soul for a DONALD JOHN TRUMP endorsement in 2018?   Does DeSANTIS have the fortitude to endure DJT's withering attacks, or does he fold like a cheap suit?

From The Hill:

Trump says DeSantis running for president would be ‘a great act of disloyalty’

Former President Donald Trump (left) listens during a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Columbia, S.C. He also criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) for potentially launching a 2024 bid for president. (AP Photo/MarAlex Brandon/Marta Lavandier)

Former President Trump said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) running for president would be “a great act of disloyalty” as he kicked off his first two major campaign events as part of his own 2024 presidential run. 

Trump visited New Hampshire and South Carolina, two of the first states to vote in the primary calendar, on Saturday after a quieter-than-normal beginning to his reelection campaign. He launched his campaign in mid-November, but has yet to hold any major rallies that were consistent during his 2016 and 2020 runs. 

Trump announced the leaders of his New Hampshire and South Carolina campaigns during his speeches. After his South Carolina speech, he sat for an interview with The Associated Press and criticized DeSantis, who is rumored to be considering his own presidential run and who has consistently placed second in hypothetical Republican primary polls. 

Trump emphasized his own status leading in many of those polls and took credit for DeSantis’s first election as governor of Florida. 

“If he runs, that’s fine. I’m way up in the polls. He’s going to have to do what he wants to do, but he may run,” Trump said. “I do think it would be a great act of disloyalty because, you know, I got him in. He had no chance. His political life was over.”

Trump endorsed DeSantis ahead of the Republican primary for the gubernatorial race in 2018.

Trump faced criticism from many in his own party following the November midterm elections, in which Republicans underperformed their hopes and expectations. The president’s party has historically lost seats in Congress during the midterms, but Democrats were able to grow their majority in the Senate and only narrowly lost in the House. 

Many, including some allies of Trump, blamed the former president for endorsing GOP candidates in the primaries who were seen as less likely to win a general election but more loyal to him than their other challengers. 

Many of these candidates lost in key congressional and gubernatorial races. 

Polls began showing DeSantis, who has not publicly confirmed he a 2024 run, closing the gap with Trump or in some cases leading in hypothetical polls. But Trump led DeSantis by 17 points in a Morning Consult poll earlier this month. 

Trump told AP that he has not spoken to DeSantis in a long time. He expressedconfidence about his own prospects with the possibility of DeSantis running in an interview with David Brody on “The Water Cooler” earlier this week, saying, “We’ll handle that the way I handle things.” 

Trump is the only major candidate who has officially launched their candidacy in the 2024 race, but many Republicans have indicated they are considering running, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.



Anonymous said...

Donald Trump is a lose lose for the GOP. Just him running is a threat to the GOP because if he actually got the nomination then he would most likely lose the 2024 election for the GOP. In a way, this might force Ron DeSantis to run to try and prevent that from happening, because after all who is more appealing to conservatives in the GOP camp? And of course the GOP will have to deal with Trump's mudslinging and cutting down the other candidates and all the embarrassment which seems bound to happen regardless. If Trump actually did win in 2024, this will also be a big headache for the GOP considering the Red Wave which turned out to be the Red Flop, and if course continued misery for everyone because the man is a troll and doesn't care about bending the law and the rules. He doesn't consider the effects of his actions on others. He sees the GOP as a party that should be subservient to him and do whatever he says regardless if it's moral or makes any sense. No one has a better incentive to get rid of Trump than the GOP.

Anonymous said...

All one has to do to really see the progress that Republicans in Florida have made over the last 15 years is to visit Lake Butler penitentiary in Florida. What has changed about their attitude towards what is ethical and humane and what is not? Economic numbers don't tell the full story about their progress or the way they view what a civilized society should be.