Conservative politicians, many of whom are Donald Trump’s allies, turned on the former president after he went after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday.
Trump mocked DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious” while discussing the 2024 Republican presidential candidate at a rally in Pennsylvania. The pair are considered top contenders for the Republican nomination, though DeSantis has not indicated he wants to run. Analysts called out Trump for creating division in the ranks just three days before the midterm elections.
“DeSantis is a very effective health care executive who has had winning policies and real leadership. Trump will not be able to take this with a stupid name. He’s good has more up his sleeve,” wrote Matt. Walsh, a commentator on The Daily Wire and a prominent voice among health care workers.
“Also, good job announcing your public attack against America’s most popular conservative president three days before the midterms when we all have to report together,” he added.
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“What an idiot,” wrote Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative. “DeSantis is a better leader of the right than Trump if, if, that is, you want the leader to do more, not just talk about it and have the libs.”
Fox News contributor and editor of the Spectator Ben Domenech said simply that Trump’s nickname for DeSantis “need a job.“
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Many other people on the right are strongly opposed to Trump.
Trump’s comments on Saturday came as he was discussing the current election for the 2024 primary, which showed Trump’s interest in big culture.
“We had a big victory in the Republican Party for the election like no one has seen before. It was, Trump at 71 percent, Ron DeSantimonious at 10%,” said Trump. “Mike Pence at seven, oh, Mike did better than I thought. Liz Cheney there’s no way he’s at 4%. No way. But we’re at 71 to 10 to 7 to 4.”
A presidential poll at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit found that 78.7% of those in attendance like Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2024.
Another straw poll of the Conservative Political Action Conference in August found that Trump had 69% support from voters in 2024. DeSantis came in with only 24% support.
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However, DeSantis held on to victory in some of the 2024 primary elections. A poll of Republicans in New Hampshire found the governor holding a slim lead over Trump in a potential Republican primary in June . The poll found that 39% of Republican primary voters in the Granite State would support the first-term Florida governor, with 37% supporting the former president.