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Florida Democrats and other opponents bashed and blasted the announcement, saying the “MAGA brand has become toxic.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is considered Trump’s most formidable foe for the Republican presidential nomination — if he even chooses to join the race — all but ignored the former president’s official entry into the race.
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Following Trump’s presidential announcement on Tuesday night, here’s how Trump’s backers and opponents reacted around the Sunshine State and beyond:
Democrats, Biden fundraise off Trump run
In Indonesia, where President Biden was attending the Group of 20 Summit, reporters asked if he had any reaction to Trump’s announcement.
Biden shrugged and told reporters “not really.”
But Biden and the Democratic National Committee emailed potential donors — as Trump was making his announcement — asking for contributions to the party.
“He will fail,” said the solicitation signed by Biden, and “people like you stepping up will be a big part of how it’s done.”
“And if you step up now,” the email said, “our party will defeat MAGA Republicans again in 2024.”
He didn’t state his own 2024 plans, but noted that he’ll “have more to say on that soon.”
“In the meantime, I’ll leave it at this: Grassroots supporters are the reason Donald Trump was defeated,” he said. “You’re the reason Kamala and I are here. And your support of the Democratic Party is going to be the reason he will never be president again.”
Biden went on to say the money would not only be used to defeat Trump, but Trumpism.
“The battle for the soul of our nation was never going to be won in a single presidential election — or a single midterm election,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz jumps into Trump campaign
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican known as one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, was quick to jump onboard the former president’s latest campaign.
Even before Trump announced, Gaetz tweeted “Trump 2024!” and said in an interview broadcast on C-Span that while he is close to both Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, “President Trump has a unique ability to invigorate our movement and he’ll have my support when he announces tonight.”
“I support President Trump 1,000 percent,” Gaetz said.
Florida Democrat: ‘Maga brand toxic’
Florida Democrats seized on Trump’s announcement to harshly criticize the “twice-impeached” former president.
“While criminal investigations swirl around him, Donald Trump is announcing a third campaign for the White House after twice losing the popular vote and handing Republicans two consecutive midterm disasters,” said Florida Democratic Party press secretary Gricel Gonzalez. “The MAGA brand has become toxic, leaving Donald, a four-time loser, kicking off his campaign tonight by boarding an empty Trump train.”
Former Florida GOP state Rep. Anthony Sabatini
Former Florida GOP state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, another outspoken Trump fan, tweeted Tuesday during Trump’s announcement speech: “Vote Trump!”
DNC: Republican agenda ‘conclusively rejected’ in 2020, 2022
The Democratic National Committee hammered Trump’s White House plans, saying “the extreme MAGA Republican agenda has been conclusively rejected,” noting last Tuesday’s midterm elections and in 2020 when he lost the presidential race to Joe Biden by more than 7 million votes.
Florida GOP Chair Joe Gruters
Florida GOP Chair Joe Gruters was at Mar-a-Lago for Trump’s announcement. A state senator from Sarasota, Gruters co-chaired the former president’s first Florida campaign in 2016, but most recently worked to reelect Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is seen as likely to mount his own presidential campaign.
Gruters said in a text message that Trump: “Was the best President who has ever lived.”
“He provided the country Peace through strength, he was the economic champion of the world, he secured our border, made America energy independent and gave us three conservative Supreme Court justices,” Gruters said after Trump’s announceme. “Excited to have him back on the campaign trail and expect him to continue to push American First policies that will create a winning coalition in 2024.”
Abortion rights group opposes Trump and all MAGA Republicans
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju said in a statement Tuesday night that it didn’t matter to her who the Republican nominee for president turns out to be.
“Whether it’s Trump or another MAGA Republican, their extremism poses the same threat to our reproductive freedom and our democracy,” Timmaraju said.
She also said Trump and “the MAGA extremists he supported” were the losers on Election Day.
“If he wants so badly to repeat that experience in two years, we will happily oblige him,” Timmaraju said.
U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds
U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican who fell short this week in his bid to become GOP Conference Chair, said on FOX News Tuesday after Trump’s announcement that “America is struggling, and of all the people out there who say they know what to do, we know that Donald Trump knows how to get the country back on track.”
“He’s decided to set the pace for the 24′ elections,” Donalds added in commenting on the timing of Trump’s announcement.