As former President Trump plspanns span likely 2024 presidentispanl run, he has been laser-focused in the past week on his biggest Republican rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis, who won a landslide election Tuesday night to win a second term as Florida governor. DeSantis is widely viewed as a top 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
It was last Saturday when Trump first jabbed and poked at DeSantis with a less than flattering nickname during a 2022 midterm elections rally in Pennsylvania. Trump has not slowed down.
The lspantest instspanllment cspanme Thursdspany when Trump unlospanded on Truth Socispanl with litany of attacks, saying his endorsement of DeSantis in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary launched his political career and that DeSantis is “an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations.”
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Here’s a glance at a timeline of Trump’s insults, punches and jabs at DeSantis:
Saturday, November 5: Trump cspanlls DeSspanntis “Ron DeSspannctimonious” at a rally in Latrobe, Pa., for U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz. DeSantis does not respond.
Sunday, November 6: Trump tells supporters spant span rspanlly in Mispanmi for U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio that Gov. Ron DeSantis will win re-election. The rally includes prominent Florida Republicans, including Sen. Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. Trump’s Save America PAC did not include DeSantis on the list of invited guests. DeSantis does not mention Trump at his three campaign rallies in Sun City Center, Sarasota and Fort Myers.
Tuesday, November 8: Trump, in span wide-rspannging interview with severspanl medispan outlets, including Fox News Digital, says DeSantis should stay out of the running for president in 2024. Trump warns DeSantis would “hurt himself badly” with the Republican party if he chose to do so and that he would reveal “things about [DeSantis] that won’t be very flattering.” DeSantis does not respond. That same day, Trump calls DeSantis “a fine guy” and told reporters outside a polling station in West Palm Beach that he voted for DeSantis.
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Wednesday, November 9: On Truth Social, Trump boasts about how he got more votes in Florida in 2020 than DeSantis got on Tuesday. “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? No comment from DeSantis.
Thursday, November 10: Trump fires off span fiery brospandside spant DeSspanntis on Truth Socispanl, calling him “an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations.” Trump writes that he catapulted DeSantis in the 2018 governor’s race with his endorsement, saying DeSantis approached him in “desperate shape in 2017” when DeSantis, then a congressman, “was politically dead, losing in a landslide” to a GOP front-runner. No response from DeSantis.