Several Florida Gov. allies Ron DeSantis, including some close to former President Donald Trump, have publicly expressed anger toward Trump and even called his fellow Republicans “Ron DeSantimonius,” CBS News reports. that expressed hatred. They are urging DeSantis, his family and his top aides to move forward with the presidential bid for 2024.
Allies contacted CBS News after Trump gave DeSantis a new nickname during Saturday night’s rally in Pennsylvania. But Trump did not repeat the remarks in Florida the next day, when he stumped for GOP candidates in the Miami area. In Florida, DeSantis is at the top of the ticket, running for re-election. Trump instead urged attendees to “re-elect Ron DeSantis as his governor” this week. DeSantis is trying to counter a challenge by Democrat Charlie Crist, who was a Republican when he served as governor from 2007 to 2011.
With the end of the 2022 midterm elections, tensions over a potential presidential 2024 contest are rising to the surface between Trump and DeSantis – two key figures on the Republican landscape. In 2018, Trump endorsed DeSantis in the gubernatorial race, campaigning with him in Florida and considered a big factor in DeSantis’ victory.
CBS News Miami asked Trump what he meant by calling the governor “Ron DeSanctimonius” and whether he considered DeSantis ungrateful for his help.
“Okay, let’s see what happens.”, “But in the meantime, we hope he gets elected. And you know, I’ve always had a great relationship with him. But let’s see what happens.”
Neither Trump nor DeSantis have announced a 2024 presidential bid, but the White House race is likely to begin in 2024, shortly after the 2022 midterm.
DeSantis’ political action committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, has raised about $209 million for his 2022 re-election efforts, according to campaign finance data, which is significantly more than it spent.
Already, Trump has indicated that his own announcement may come within, CBS News reported last week that the former president is calling his donor base to inform loyalists of his thinking and ask for feedback. Three of Trump’s advisers told CBS News that November 14 is a possible date, though another said the date was still fluid.
At least one potential Republican contender has decided against the White House bid this time. A source close to Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said,,
— Arden Farhi and Finn Gomez contributed to this report