Conservative commentators who are often allies of Donald Trump turned against the former president after he went after Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Saturday.
Trump mocked DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious” while talking about the 2024 Republican presidential candidate at the Pennsylvania convention. The pair are considered top contenders for the Republican nomination, although DeSantis has given no indication that he intends to run. Critics called out Trump for creating a divide three days before the midterm elections.
“DeSantis is an extremely effective and ethical governor with real policy wins and real cultural wins. Trump can’t take this one down with an ignorant joke. . She better have more than that,” Matt wrote. Walsh, a commentator on The Daily Wire and a leading voice among social conservatives.
“Also, good job launching your public attack against the most popular governor in America three days before the midterms when we all have to show a united front,” he added.
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Rod Dreher, editor-in-chief of The American Conservative wrote: “What an idiot. “DeSantis is a much more effective leader of the Right than Trump was, if, that is, you expect a leader to do more, as opposed to just talking about it and having libs.”
Fox News contributor and Spectator Ben Domenech said only that Trump’s nickname for DeSantis “it needs work.“
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Many other influential figures on the right weighed in against Trump.
Trump’s comments on Saturday came as he discussed the current polls for the 2024 election, which showed Trump enjoying a large lead.
“We are winning a lot in the Republican Party for the election that no one has seen before. There is, Trump with 71 percent, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%,” Trump said. “Mike Pence at seven, oh, Mike is doing better than I thought. Liz Cheney there’s no way she’s at 4%. No way. No way. But say 71 to 10 to 7 to 4.”
Presidential polls at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit found that 78.7% of attendees. Trump’s favorite to be the Republican nominee in 2024.
Another choice of straws to Conservative Political Action Conference in August found that Trump had 69% support from people who came to run in 2024. DeSantis came in with only 24% support.
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However, DeSantis took victory in the 2024 primary. A poll of New Hampshire Republicans found the governor ahead of Trump in the Republican primary in June. The poll showed 39% of likely Republican primary voters in the Granite State would support a first-term Florida governor, while 37% supported a former president.