Donald Trump Intensifies Attacks on Gov. DeSantis Ahead of 2024 Presidential Race

Former President Donald Trump has intensified his attacks on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the 2024 presidential campaign heats up.[0] On Monday, Trump traveled to Iowa, where he compared DeSantis to former House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Mitt Romney, both of whom he has labeled “RINO losers.”[1]

Trump said he might regret endorsing DeSantis in the 2018 Republican primary for governor in Florida.[2] The former president said he “maybe” regrets his endorsement of DeSantis, whom he claims was “dead as a dog” in his primary battle against then-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.[1]

“He was dead as a dog, he was a dead politician. He would have been working perhaps for a law firm or doing something else,” Trump said.[2]

Trump said he ultimately decided to support DeSantis because he defended him while he was facing a Democratic-led impeachment into allegations that he pressured Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy into investigating Joe Biden’s family.[3]

DeSantis and Trump had their last conversation several months ago.[3] His remarks signal that he is intensely focused on DeSantis, whom he conceded was “probably” his most serious challenger.[2] The ex-president’s camp has been carrying out polling research in the background, attempting to identify the governor’s vulnerabilities.[3] Trump declined to label DeSantis as “Meatball Ron.”, however.[3] Reports had stated that Trump was brainstorming a nickname.[3] He rejected the suggestion, deeming the name “too crude.”.[2]

It is widely anticipated that DeSantis will declare his candidacy for president once the Florida legislative session comes to a close in May, although he has yet to make any official announcements.[4] This timeline would enable him to pass more legislation and to have a greater opportunity to campaign on.[5]

People are fleeing from New York to Florida and other places because of high taxes and out of control crime, Trump said.[6] “Not because of the governor. Thank you, Mr President, for doing this. But it’s not because of the governor of Florida was doing fantastically.”[7]

The political team of DeSantis did not make any comments concerning Trump’s most recent statements.[8] The governor has largely avoided engaging with the former president, saying recently that he prefers not to spend his time “trying to smear other Republicans.[9]

0. “Trump takes swipes at Ron DeSantis and Mike Pence” CBS News, 14 Mar. 2023,

1. “Trump claims DeSantis would be working at a ‘law firm’ or ‘Pizza Hut’ without his endorsement” Washington Examiner, 14 Mar. 2023,

2. “Trump Bashes Likely GOP Challenger DeSantis as ‘Dead as a Dog,’ Offending Dead Dogs Nationwide” We Got This Covered, 14 Mar. 2023,

3. “Trump lashes out at DeSantis, says he regrets his endorsement of him” POLITICO, 14 Mar. 2023,

4. “Fox News Star Tomi Lahren Trashes Donald Trump For Attacks Against Ron DeSantis: ‘It’s Like Going After An …” Radar Online, 15 Mar. 2023,

5. “Trump concedes DeSantis is his biggest rival and says he regrets endorsing him for governor: ‘I don’t think it” Business Insider India, 14 Mar. 2023,

6. “Trump: Former governors Crist and Scott did a ‘good job’ before DeSantis” Florida’s Voice, 13 Mar. 2023,

7. “Donald Trump again argues Florida was ‘doing fantastically’ when Rick Scott was Governor” Florida Politics, 13 Mar. 2023,

8. “On the trail, freewheeling Donald Trump counters scripted Ron DeSantis” The Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023,

9. “Trump says he ‘probably’ regrets endorsing DeSantis” The Hill, 13 Mar. 2023,

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