Former President Trump addressed a crowd in Nevada during a campaign stop on Saturday, once again using his platform to rail against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) – which is seen as his biggest competition in the 2024 GOP race.
“I’m not a fan of him and he’s too much. He’s highly overrated,” Trump told the crowd at a GOP volunteer event in Las Vegas. “Remember, he is the one who wants to cut Social Security. He wanted to raise the minimum age and he voted for it.
“It’s not just this. And the one thing you have to remember is when a politician comes out with an initial plan and then they go into a corner because they were killed because he was killed,” said the former president in his statements, which takes less than an hour. . “Well, he has no personality either. That helps, doesn’t it?”
Trump, who lost the state’s support in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, acknowledged the difficulty he was having with Nevada voters.
“We have a lot of work to do. This has been a hard state,” he said during the event last Saturday. “I really believe this is a Republican state.”
“This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump added.
He also attacked the Florida governor for his stance on ethanol, echoing remarks he made the day before during a stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Before the Las Vegas event, Trump admitted that DeSantis was “desperately trying to get out” of the 2024 race.
“Ron DeSanctimonious is desperately trying to get out of the Presidential race, while at the same time saving face for 2028, where he has been badly damaged,” he posted on Truth Social, later adding “Ron It’s just a waste of time!”
The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Trump currently with 52.4 percent support, while DeSantis trails at 21.5 percent support. While the former president cited his lack of personality and policy decisions, the Florida governor blamed media outlets for his declining poll numbers.
“Well, I think if you look at people like the corporate media, who are they looking for?” he said. “Who do they not want to be nominated? They chased me.”
Trump has often argued that DeSantis’ rise in the party and ultimately to the governor’s desk was due to his endorsement, and he didn’t hold back this week either.
“He’s so far away, ’cause, you know why? ‘Cause he’s a bad candidate, and I endorsed him and he went like a rocket ship, and he got the nomination,” Trump said Friday in Iowa.
The Iowa GOP announced Saturday that the caucuses are set for January 15, 2024.
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