Donald Trump posted this comment on Truth Social yesterday:
What is the “big mistake”? From the Washington Examiner:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is recording a robocall for underdog Senate contender Joe O’Dea, a boost for the Colorado Republican after former President Donald Trump urged grassroots conservatives to abandon his campaign.
“Hello this is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. America needs strong leadership and desperately. That’s why I’m endorsing Joe O’Dea for U.S. Senate. Colorado, please vote for Joe O’Dea,” DeSantis says in the robocall, a recording of which was provided to the Washington Examiner on Sunday by the O’Dea campaign. “I’ve watched Joe from a distance. And I’m impressed.”
In endorsing O’Dea, DeSantis is charting a course separate from Trump in the midterm elections and stoking speculation the two Republican heavyweights are on a collision course in the upcoming 2024 GOP presidential primary. Just days earlier, the former president lashed out at O’Dea, calling him a “RINO,” which stands for “Republican in Name Only,” and criticizing him for speaking openly about their disagreements.
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O’Dea has distanced himself from Trump on matters relating to the 2020 election and has expressed regret that Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Last Sunday O’Dea said on CNN, “I don’t think Donald Trump should run again. . . I’m going to actively campaign against Donald Trump and make sure that we have got four or five really great Republicans right now; Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley and Tim Scott.”
Is it any wonder that Donald Trump is upset at O’Dea, and questioning why DeSantis has gone out of his way to endorse him? In fact, why is DeSantis involving himself in a national Senatorial race while he is actively working to be reelected as Governor of Florida? And why did he pick O’Dea – the only Senate candidate that he has endorsed?
DeSantis has been a good governor for Florida. There is no doubt that his policies and actions have been solidly conservative. So why go out of his way to endorse an anti-MAGA candidate? Is it because he is positioning himself for a Presidential run in 2024, and is aligning with the elite leaders of the Republican Party?