Former President Donald Trump shared insights on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's current standing in the 2024 GOP presidential race.
In a recent exclusive with Breitbart, former President Donald Trump expressed his views on DeSantis' position in the 2024 GOP presidential race. Trump, who is leading the race, mentioned that DeSantis, once his primary rival, is now "crashing badly" and may soon lose his second place standing.
DeSantis recently laid off several campaign staffers and hinted at a "reboot" of his campaign strategy. Trump, however, was skeptical about the Florida governor's ability to revive his campaign, noting that this would be DeSantis' third attempt at a reshuffling.
Trump was candid about his thoughts on DeSantis' shortcomings, attributing them to the governor's lack of charisma. "He's got no personality," Trump remarked, emphasizing the point by repeating it.
The former president also highlighted his role in DeSantis' past electoral success. He recalled how DeSantis was trailing significantly behind Adam Putnam in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial primary. Trump's endorsement turned the tables for DeSantis, propelling him to the forefront of the race. "The only reason he won in the first place was because I endorsed him," Trump stated.
Despite this past support, Trump now believes DeSantis has proven himself to be an ineffective candidate. He predicts that DeSantis will soon be overtaken by other GOP contenders.
Recent polls seem to support Trump's assertions. DeSantis has slipped to third place in South Carolina, with former Governor Nikki Haley surpassing him. Additionally, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy has edged out DeSantis for second place in Ohio.
National and state GOP primary polls consistently show Trump leading by a significant margin. For instance, a recent Iowa poll displayed Trump at 44%, with DeSantis trailing at 20%.
DeSantis' campaign has not been without controversy. His largest donor, Robert Bigelow, announced that he would withhold further donations unless significant changes are made to the campaign strategy. Bigelow had previously donated $20 million to the pro-DeSantis Super PAC, Never Back Down.
Furthermore, DeSantis faced backlash over Florida's new education standards, which some believe downplay the severity of slavery. This controversy drew criticism from prominent black conservatives, including Reps. Byron Donalds, Wesley Hunt, John James, and Senator Tim Scott.
When asked about DeSantis' decision to criticize Donalds, who endorsed Trump over the Florida governor for the 2024 race, the former president said it was a misstep. He praised Donalds, stating, "He's a great congressman with a tremendous future."
Trump also mentioned that many believed Donalds was a DeSantis supporter due to their shared home state of Florida. However, Donalds chose to endorse Trump, a decision that the former commander in chief greatly appreciated.
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