Trump launches unhinged attacks on GOP governors DeSantis and Youngkin, gets major pushback
While Donald Trump's policies during his presidency were exemplary and led to a massive resurgence of the U.S. economy and innovation, as well as personal income growth, the man very often demonstrates that he doesn't know how to get out of his own way by picking stupid, needless fights with adversaries and allies alike.
Ahead of this week's midterm elections, in which Republicans underperformed and dismally will not usher in a "red wave" as expected -- despite the fact that Joe Biden's been a train wreck and the Democratic Congress' spending has led to record inflation -- Trump said that he would be announcing
his 2024 presidential plans around Nov. 14 during an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Since the midterms, and because vital races like the Georgia Senate contest between Trump-backed Hershel Walker and Dem incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock will be going to a runoff election after neither candidate received at least 50 percent of the vote, the former president is being advised to hold off on his announcement so he doesn't distract from the runoff which will take place next month.
In the meantime, he has inexplicably begun sniping at some of his political allies, including GOP Govs. Ron DeSantis in Florida, who just won reelection by an astounding margin, and Glenn Younkin of Virginia, who won his race last year in a purple state by standing up for parents against woke sexualization of young children in public schools.
Trump began his diatribe against DeSantis with a long run-on sentence that contained a juvenile nickname for the extremely popular governor: “NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average—middle of the pack—including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!”
DeSantis, who won by 20 points against his Dem challenger, is anything but "average."
Trump then claimed that DeSantis, a former U.S. lawmaker, was “desperate” in 2017 and that he “had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win.”
“I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart,” Trump went on before making an incredible claim. “I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen…”
“And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games!” Trump concluded in his attack on DeSantis. “The Fake News asks him if he’s going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, ‘I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.’ Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer.”
Trump then turned his attention to Youngkin a day later.
“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him – or he couldn’t have come close to winning. But he knows that, and admits it. Besides, having a hard time with the Dems in Virginia – But he’ll get it done!” he wrote on his Truth Social platform