Trump Erupts as Kim Reynolds Prepares DeSantis Endorsement
3Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is preparing to endorse Ron DeSantis over Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP Presidential nomination, according to reports. Reynolds is expected to join DeSantis as a “special guest” at a Monday evening rally in Des Moines, where she will finally issue her long-anticipated endorsement.
DeSantis, currently in second place behind Trump in Iowa polling, could receive a significant boost from Reynolds’ support. The two-term Iowa Governor maintains very high popularity among Republican voters, with an August ‘Des Moines Register poll finding 81 percent favorability among likely Republican caucusgoers.
DeSantis has previously stressed that Reynolds’ endorsement was a priority for his campaign, telling reporters in October that he considered it “a huge get,” according to the Des Moines Register.
“I think what she’s been able to do in Iowa has really been a model for how people should govern,” he said. “… Clearly, I think she could have a really significant impact. And I think any candidate running would be a fool not to want to have the support of Reynolds.”
Reynolds and DeSantis will reportedly “team up” again on Tuesday, as the Florida Governor’s campaign travels to Davenport in the Eastern part of Iowa, according to Fox News.
TRUMP: President Donald J. Trump weighs in on a potential Kim Reynolds endorsement for DeSantis, saying:
"Two extremely disloyal people getting together is, however, a very beautiful thing to watch. They can now remain loyal to each other because nobody else wants them!!!" pic.twitter.com/ZXylVEyHUf
— Anthony Hughes (@CallMeAntwan) November 5, 2023
After news of the pending endorsement broke, former President Donald Trump erupted in a furor on Truth Social, writing that the two Governors are “extremely disloyal people.”
“If and when Kim Reynolds of Iowa endorses Ron DeSanctimonious, who is absolutely dying in the polls both in Iowa and Nationwide, it will be the end of her political career in that MAGA would never support her again, just as MAGA will never support DeSanctimonious again,” he wrote.
“Two extremely disloyal people getting together is, however, a very beautiful thing to watch. They can now remain loyal to each other because nobody else wants them!!!”
Earlier in the year, Reynolds signaled that she would remain neutral until after the Iowa caucuses. As late as October 25, Reynolds maintained that she was still weighing her options despite appearing with DeSantis at several campaign functions. Trump has repeatedly criticized Reynolds throughout the campaign.
“Very importantly, I was the sole reason that Iowa remained FIRST IN THE NATION. I was Strong on Ethanol, DeSantis voted against it, and other things bad for Iowa, like wanting to destroy Social Security and Medicare,” Trump continued in a Sunday post.
“Despite all of this, Reynolds remained Neutral on Endorsements, and she is now America’s most Unpopular Governor, and Ron DeSanctimonious is Second. That’s what happens when you are disloyal to those that got you there!”
With Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds set to endorse Ron DeSantis, Trump's MAGA, Inc. dumps another $1.08 million on anti-DeSantis ads in Iowa this week, bringing its anti-DeSantis spending to $22.6 million.
— Rob Pyers (@rpyers) November 5, 2023
The August Des Moines Register poll also showed Trump to hold a 23-point lead over DeSantis, at 42 to 19 percent. Both candidates received high favorability ratings in an October poll, however, with DeSantis and Trump receiving 69 and 66 percent, respectively.
The 2024 Republican Iowa caucuses are scheduled for January 15.
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