Trump enters the clash against “DeSantis, the prude” for “playing” to run for the White House | International

Donald Trump is hurt. The resistance of the Democrats has left him without the “giant red wave” that he expected and on which he wanted to surf on his way back to the White House in 2024. His candidates have not had the results he expected, while the one that has devastated has been the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, whom many point to as an option with the best chance of victory in the presidential elections. Trump has gone on a rampage and lashed out at DeSantis, calling him a “prude” over and over again and accusing him of “playing” with his presidential aspirations.

Trump plans to announce his candidacy next Tuesday at Mar-a-Lago, his mansion in Palm Beach (Florida), but the electoral result has spoiled the party. And what seems to have made him feel worse is not so much the electoral disappointment (he keeps saying that it has been “a success”) as the fact that his fellow party members and the conservative media themselves dare to discuss his primacy in the Republican Party.

The former president already nicknamed DeSantis for the first time at a rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, last Saturday, making a play on words with his last name and the word sanctimonious (prudish, meapilas) and baptize him Ron DeSanctimonious. But then he gave a rally in Florida where — without much enthusiasm — he asked for the vote for him without using the nickname. He also did not use it at the closing ceremony in Dayton (Ohio). But that was before the elections.

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This Thursday he has begun to shoot at Truth Social, the network he controls, as in his best times as an unleashed tweeter. In six consecutive messages he has lashed out at DeSantis, whom he considers a run-of-the-mill governor, in the middle of the party, and has proclaimed that he owes him his position.

“Now that the midterms are over, and they’ve been a success…NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the not-so-good New York Post (let Col come back! [en referencia a Col Allan, director durante 15 años]), has turned to Gov. Ron DeSanctimonious, a middling Republican governor with great PR, who didn’t have to shut down his state [durante la pandemia]but that he did, unlike other Republican governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average — average run of the mill — including covid, and who [dirige un Estado que] it has the advantage of the sun, where the people of the badly governed states of the north would go no matter who was the governor, as I did! ”, Trump has begun his string.

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“Ron came to me desperate in 2017. He was politically dead,” he continues, referring to losing the Florida gubernatorial primary. “Ron had low approval ratings, bad polls and no money, but he said if I backed him he could win,” he continues. “When I supported him it was like, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon was fired.” Trump takes credit not only for his winning the Republican primary but also the final election: “I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart.” He also maintains that he sent the FBI and prosecutors to prevent a fraud with which he was destined to lose: “I prevented them from stealing the election,” he concludes.

And he gives way to his anger: “And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing! The Fake News [se refiere así a la prensa en general] they ask him if he’s going to show up in case President Trump shows up, and he says, ‘I’m just focused on the governor’s race, I’m not looking at the future.’ Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s not really the right answer.”

“This is just like 2015 and 2016, a media assault (collusion!), when Fox News fought me to the bitter end until I won, and then they couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. To the Wall Street Journal he loved Low Energy Jeb Bush [el mote que le dedicó a su rival de las primarias de 2016: sin energía, con batería baja] and a succession of other people who were quickly disappearing from sight, lined up with me after I easily eliminated them one by one. Now we are in exactly the same position. They will keep coming for us, MAGA, but ultimately we will win. Put America first and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”, ends his succession of messages.

Ron DeSantis has not announced that he is going to run for president, but he lets himself be loved. In the debate of the candidates for governor he refused to commit to completing his four-year term and at his electoral victory party his supporters chanted: “Two more years! Two more years!”

Trump has already released another message about DeSantis in statements collected by The Wall Street Journal: “If he runs, I’ll tell things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him than anyone else apart from, perhaps, his wife. She is the one running her campaign.”

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