This weekend, Donald Trump did something that I thought was despicable, and I was far from being alone.
Trump hit Governor Ron DeSantis with one of his nicknames, calling him Ron DeSanctimonious.
It was a cheap shot against a man that has done nothing but support Trump since he was first elected.
This was all over DeSantis supporting a candidate that Trump did not like and that does not like Trump.
It was hardly a reason to severe this relationship.
When Trump took the shot, there was speculation that he would not continue to support DeSantis.
There was also significant pushback from some very high-profile conservatives that had also supported Trump from day one.
Trump came about as close as I think we will ever get to issuing an apology, telling a Florida crowd the next day, “You’re going to reelect the wonderful, the great friend of mine, Marco Rubio to the United States Senate and you are going to reelect Ron DeSantis as your governor.”
Notice the word “friend” was not used, but at least he mentioned him this time around.
It was not only pundits that were upset, but also major donors, with one anonymous donor stating, “You’ve got Lindsey Graham campaigning with America First Trump endorsed candidates and hard right donors supporting Dr. Oz. The only a–holes attacking Republicans are Liz Cheney and Donald Trump.”
The next day, a report was published that Ken Griffin, who dropped a whopping $60 million during this election cycle, is breaking from Trump and will support DeSantis in the primary if DeSantis runs.
Mike Pompeo also came out to openly support DeSantis after the comment.
Trump’s antics are wearing thin and even though he is dominating primary polls, the margin is still narrow in terms of a general election.
Make no mistake about it, Trump is far from a lock to win the 2024 election if he keeps this up.
More and more people are moving behind DeSantis.
It is still not enough to beat Trump in the primary, but if I were Trump, I would look to mend fences, not break ones that have been solid to this point.
Source: New York Post