(FeaturedNews.com) – On Monday, former President Trump once again took aim at potential GOP primary rival Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
During the 2016 GOP primary, Trump had regularly attacked his then-would-be rivals calling them “low-energy” Jeb Bush and “lyin’” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). These tactics do not appear to be behind Trump, who during a visit to Iowa, told reporters that he had regretted backing DeSantis during his 2018 gubernatorial campaign.
Later that evening, during his address in Davenport, Trump had made a few jabs at DeSantis, claiming that the Florida Republican wanted to “decimate” Social Security. He also compared Desantis with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee who was unsuccessful in beating then-President Back Obama for the White House.
This is not the first time that Trump has attacked DeSantis in the past few months. Still, in recent weeks Trump has intensified the nature of his attacks at a time when all other Republicans appear to be playing nice.
The repeated attacks from Trump have led to many questioning whether this primary race is going to be more aggressive. However, Stephen Lawson, a Republican strategist who served as communications director for DeSantis’s successful 2018 gubernatorial campaign, stated that Trump’s attacks were “desperate” especially as DeSantis has not yet announced his intentions for 2024.
So far, DeSantis has not responded to the attacks from Trump. During an interview with Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade on Monday, DeSantis also laughed off the assertion that he might be “defined” by Trump’s attacks, stating that his record of achievements is what people will look at.
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