At Sunday afternoon’s midterm election rally near Miami, Donald Trump avoided criticizing Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida’s most popular Republican. “The people of Florida are going to re-elect Marco Rubio, my wonderful, great friend, to the United States Senate,” the former president told more than 2,000 supporters. I intend to be re-elected as
It wasn’t a pretentious endorsement, but the day before, Trump fired warning shots at his budding rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. While endorsing Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, Trump called his DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious.” While Trump brags about poll numbers from a month ago that showed him a huge lead among Republican voters over Florida Governor and former Vice President Mike Pence. raised an enthusiastic voice.
The insult was totally unnecessary, Luis Solana told the Daily Beast. Solana, a Brooklyn native who moved to Miami in 1984, was at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and at the Sunshine State on Election Day this Tuesday. He was one of dozens of MAGA supporters enthused about the possibility of a Republican rout.
“I heard about what Trump called DeSantis,” Solana said. “It was ridiculous. Sometimes Trump has to keep his opinion to himself.”
Nonetheless, he would rather DeSantis remain governor of Florida and Trump win the Republican nomination uncontested. “Trump is my favorite.”
For months, Trump and DeSantis have been waging a cold war behind the scenes as the governor of Florida positions himself as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. DeSantis has deftly dodged comments about his ambitions in the White House, but has taken a number of steps to increase his national profile, including endorsing other states’ gubernatorial and congressional candidates in the midterm elections. have taught.
Among those who have received DeSantis’ seal of approval are Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania, who is denying the 2020 presidential election, and Kari Lake, the GOP gubernatorial candidate of Arizona.
DeSantis’ popularity is also on the rise. His two polls of Republican voters in Michigan and New Hampshire show Trump and DeSantis are statistically tied, and a poll in Florida shows Republicans outnumber the former president. It shows that you support the governor.
DeSantis’ open refusal to back down on his ambitions has infuriated Trump since his supporters failed to revolt on Jan. 6, 2021.
DeSantis specifically missed the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds as he was in Tampa for his own re-election campaign rally. According to multiple media reports, DeSantis was not invited to the Miami rally and the governor did not ask to attend.
However, a Florida International University poll of Cuban-American voters found that Cuban-American voters make up the overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade County, beating Trump by 32% to 25% over DeSantis. Shows support. Miami rally attendees, mostly Hispanic conservatives, supported the FIU’s findings. During Trump’s speech, they chanted “I want Trump!”, “Trump won!” and “We love you!”
Trump gave the crowd his usual list of false complaints that the 2020 election was stolen from him and that his two impeachments were hoaxes. He was responsible for boosting the profits of drug cartels by “2,500%” and made the absurd and unsubstantiated claim that “American cities are ruled by ruthless, bloodthirsty gangs.” He claimed without evidence that all drug dealers killed an average of 500 people in their lifetime.
Jorge Perez, a 48-year-old Cuban-American Republican holding a big blue “Let’s Go Brandon” flag and a DeSantis campaign T-shirt, said it was only natural for the governor of Florida to stay in his lane. I was. “Trump is in control,” Perez said. “I think the Republican machine will line up behind him.”