On September 13, 2023, Donald Trump unleashed a scathing critique of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign on his go-to platform, Truth Social.
Branding the campaign a “spectacular failure”, Trump went on to question if DeSantis’ previous policy positions or his supposed lack of loyalty were to blame. Despite DeSantis once being seen as a potential GOP frontrunner for 2024, recent polls suggest his popularity is waning, a fact Trump didn’t miss pointing out.
Amid these explosive tweets, Trump’s emphasis on DeSantis’ past stances against certain agricultural policies, Social Security, and Medicare brought heightened scrutiny to the Governor’s campaign. Trump’s significant lead in polling for the Republican presidential contest underscores his dominant influence within the GOP, making his critique even more potent.
As DeSantis’ poll numbers dwindle and Trump’s criticisms escalate, the dynamics within the GOP are taking an intriguing turn. With the 2024 elections looming, all eyes will be on how this internal Republican feud shapes the future of the party and the election landscape.