Trump Fires Warning Shots at DeSantis and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s midterms, Trump has taken swipes at both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin ahead of his November 15th announcement of what will likely be his run for the presidency.
Trump took to Truth Social on Thursday to make a lengthy statement, insisting that midterms were a success and referring to Governor DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious.” The statement bashed DeSantis for “playing games” by not announcing his 2024 intentions. Although DeSantis has implied a lack of interest in running, he has not officially ruled it out.
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Trump accused the media of being “all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious,” despite having what Trump claims are “just average” overall numbers. Trump also blasted DeSantis for his initial 2020 lockdowns when handling COVID-19, but the bulk of Trump’s commentary surrounded how he helped DeSantis win in 2018.
Trump began by telling how DeSantis came for him to help.
“Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017—he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers. Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot, Ron.'”
The former president continued, detailing his efforts and their effect on DeSantis’ initial election.
“When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off. I then got Ron by the ‘Star’ of the Democrat Party, Andrew Gillum (who was later revealed to be a ‘Crack Head’), by having two massive Rallies with tens of thousands of people at each one… I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart.”
Trump said he prevented the 2018 election from being “stolen” in Broward county.
Trump compared the situation to his primary in 2016, accusing the media of having an “anti-MAGA” agenda and of conspiring with DeSantis, who he equates with the GOP’s early favorite at the time,” low energy Jeb Bush.” In that vein, Trump argued DeSantis lacked “loyalty” and “class.”
“Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he’s going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, “I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.” Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer… This is just like 2015 and 2016… They will keep coming after us, MAGA, but ultimately, we will win.”
Trump even went so far as to call DeSantis an “average” governor.
“NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post …is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations,”
NEW: Trump goes postal on DeSantis 👇 pic.twitter.com/WoXM0AEY2S
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 10, 2022
Trump also repeatedly threatened to release information about DeSantis that he claims “won’t be very flattering” if he runs in ’24, and first referred to DeSantis as “DeSanctimonious” on Monday. Despite these apparent tensions, Trump encouraged Floridians to vote for the Florida Governor and said he did so himself.
DeSantis was not the only target of Trump’s attacks. The president also took shots at Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin in a series of Truth Social posts on Friday.
“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me. I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him – or he couldn’t have come close to winning. But he knows that and admits it. Besides, having a hard time with the Dems in Virginia – But he’ll get it done,”
Trump is expected to announce a third presidential run in a “very big announcement” at Mar-a-Lago next week on the 15th. The two governors have been widely regarded as promising presidential candidates themselves, likely motivating the warning shots. Neither Governor has responded.
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