The media has begun pushing a feud between 45th President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis(R).
All of that has apparently changed according to several recent media reports of tension between the two – which appear to be supported by Trump insiders, as well as comments by both Trump and DeSantis that left-leaning outlets have used to fuel speculation. According to the reports, Trump has been not-so privately complaining about DeSantis’ rapid political rise and a potential 2024 bid for the White House.
“President Trump is the one clearly picking a fight here, and it’s a fight that’s too early, and unnecessary,” said former adviser Sam Nunberg, who told The Hill he’s neutral over the dustup between the two. “We’re not in Republican primary season. This is a fight for mid-2023. It’s not a fight to start having in 2022.”
“If Donald Trump believes he is punching down when he’s attacking Ron DeSantis, then why do it?” he added.
The alleged drama has ignited a media firestorm, as the left would of course love nothing more than for two of the GOP’s biggest threats to go at each other ahead of midterms and the 2024 election.
An article published on Sunday by The New York Times offered a detailed accounting of an increasingly confrontational relationship between Trump and DeSantis.
Likewise, a story published by Axios on Monday reporting that Trump has been privately disparaging DeSantis as “dull” and lacking in “personal charisma” found itself front-and-center on the conservative website Drudge Report.
And just last week, Trump appeared to take a thinly veiled shot at DeSantis for refusing to say publicly whether he has received his COVID-19 booster shot. In an interview with the conservative One America News Network, the former president slammed “gutless” politicians who won’t reveal their booster status, a comment that was widely viewed as aimed at the Florida governor.
“The answer is yes, but they don’t want to say it, because they’re gutless,” Trump said. “You got to say it. Whether you had it or not, say it.” –The Hill
They are willing to do this because it distracts from Joe Biden’s failures.
It now looks like Mitch McConnell might have his hand in the creation of the feud.
When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis went on a top political podcast last week, he panned the Covid lockdowns former President Donald Trump encouraged early in the coronavirus pandemic.
The remarks made for irresistible headlines — the two GOP heavyweights and possible 2024 contenders were feuding. Just days before, Trump had appeared to take a swipe at DeSantis, calling politicians who have refused to reveal their vaccination status “gutless.”
Both camps have denied any real friction, and they blamed “the media” for overhyping tensions, but Trump advisers say they see a hidden hand at play: that of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is in a pitched battle with Trump over the future of the Republican Party in political races all over the country.
To many in Trump’s camp, it all looked like a setup.
“I like Josh. Josh is great. But he’s a wholly owned subsidiary of McConnell World. And there’s no way you can tell me that this was all a coincidence,” a top Trump adviser said, echoing four others who spoke on condition of anonymity because they didn’t have authorization to speak publicly about private discussions in his political shop.
“Also, DeSantis and his staff knew what they were doing. How many Florida general election voters are listening to the Ruthless podcast?” the adviser asked in an interview. “Now, that said, they might have been hoping for more out of Ron, because, let’s face it, he didn’t really criticize Trump. But they knew the media would instantly jump on it and wish-cast it into existence.”
The adviser said McConnell clearly sees DeSantis as a lesser of two evils and a way to annoy Trump.
The Palmieri Report is a Pro-America News Outlet founded by Jacob Palmieri. The Palmieri Report is dedicated to giving people the truth so that they can form their own informed political opinions.
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