As the November midterm elections near, former president, Donald Trump, continues his vocal support for select Republicans. Trump is scheduled to headline a campaign event for Florida Senator Marco Rubio only days before the critical election.
In a post on his own social media site, Truth Social, Trump lauded Rubio’s lead in the heated Florida Senate race, disparaged Rubio’s opponent, Democrat Representative Val Demings, and managed to take the credit for himself.
In the social media post, Trump labelled Demings a “Radical Left Impeacher”, citing Demings’ vote in the affirmative to impeach the 45th president while he held office, and criticized her political record, calling her “weak on crime” and “incapable of doing the job that needs to be done.” Trump celebrated Rubio’s current 11 point lead in the polls while attributing it to the announcement of his slated appearance at a rally for the incumbent next weekend.
The full post read: “Wow, Senator Marco Rubio has taken an 11 point lead in his run against a weak on crime Radical Left Impeacher, someone who is incapable of doing the job that needs to be done, since we announced the Big Rally for him on the following Sunday (November 6th) in Miami. He deserves to win, and win BIG. See you at the Rally!!!”
The rally, set to be hosted by Donald Trump, was announced on Wednesday by the super PAC Save America. The post touted the former president’s 2022 endorsement record saying he is currently “undefeated, 19-0”. The announcement, posted by Trump spokesperson, Liz Harrington, referred to the Sunshine State as a “MAGA stronghold” and that, thanks to Trump, Florida’s future no longer lies in ambiguity but is solidly an “America First Red State”.
Notably, neither Trump’s camp nor the event, make mention of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his ongoing race. An advisor to the former president told Politico that DeSantis will not be making an appearance at the campaign event, and that the Florida governor’s team was blindsided by the announcement of the rally. The timing of the Trump/Rubio event only days before a crucial midterm election means that for DeSantis, his race will be taking a public backseat in the final moments of his campaign.
This appears to have caused considerable friction between the two camps as a Republican consultant who is close to the governor said, “You’ve got the Sunday before Election Day totally hijacked by Trump parachuting in on Trump Force One taking up the whole day. No Republican could go to a DeSantis event that day. None. And DeSantis won’t be here? This is big.”
The omission is notable as DeSantis is viewed as highly popular among Republican voters, and is regarded as a viable candidate to win the 2024 presidential nomination; likely Trump’s only real competition in the future primary. The event’s announcement comes after Monday night’s gubernatorial debate where DeSantis refused to rule out a 2024 bid for president when asked by his opponent.
“Why don’t you look in the eyes of the people of Florida and say to them, if you’re reelected, you will serve a full four-year term as governor. Yes or no? “Yes or no, Ron?” Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist asked during the debate.
Despite a scathing response, DeSantis avoided answering the question directly. “I know that Charlie is itching to talk about 2024 and Joe Biden. But I just want to make things very, very clear: The only worn-out old donkey I’m looking to put out to pasture is Charlie Crist,” DeSantis retorted.
The Trump rally for Rubio can be seen as another stop in a long line of an endorsement tour by the former president, but what the snubbing might signal is the reported struggle between DeSantis and Trump as they jockey for the pole-position of the Republican party.
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