08 Nov The rift between Trump and DeSantis grows in Florida with dueling rallies
During the last few days of the midterm elections, the republican party’s two biggest stars are campaigning separately.
Trump has yet to endorse Gov. Ron DeSantis this year since his fellow Floridian never asked for his endorsement. According to his allies, DeSantis wasn’t personally invited to attend the Trump rally in Miami on Sunday. Many Christian nationalists and other fervent supporters have viewed Mr. Trump as an almost messianic figure for some time, much like the video seems to aim to do with Mr. DeSantis. As he pointed out his wide lead over Mr. DeSantis in early polls of a hypothetical Republican primary field, Mr. Trump casually dropped the new epithet into his speech while supporting a slate of Republican candidates on Saturday. In much the same way Mr. Trump has been viewed by many Christian nationalists and other fervent supporters for some time as almost a messianic figure, the video seemed to be aimed at making Mr. DeSantis a symbol of reverence. In an early poll of a hypothetical Republican primary field, Trump had a wide lead over DeSantis, which he casually mentioned in his speech on Saturday in Pennsylvania.
At length, the President praised “the wonderful” Senator Marco Rubio, calling him a friend and predicting that Florida voters would re-elect him. “Your governor will be re-elected,” Mr. Trump said. During his 90-minute, grievance-filled speech, while blasting Democrats as soft on crime and boasting about Hispanic voters shifting to the Republican Party, Mr. Trump did not mention his potential rival for 2024.
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The rift between Trump and DeSantis grows in Florida with dueling rallies