Donald Trump leaves off Ron DeSantis from roll call of prominent J.D. Vance backers
Is it becoming a horse race?

Trump DeSantis
Stephen Miller and talk show hosts get mentioned, but not Florida's Governor.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is seemingly being disrespected in the wake of a campaign foray into another state.

The latest iteration of this trend came Saturday night at former President Donald Trump’s “Save America” rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

Trump rattled through a list of prominent MAGA-aligned conservatives backing author-turned-politician J.D. Vance in his bid for the U.S. Senate, omitting Florida’s Governor, who traveled to Ohio for Vance last month.

Among those listed: talk show host Tucker Carlson, whose prime time show actually offers DeSantis plenty of friendly earned media of late; Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri; Trump campaign and administration alum Stephen Miller; and his own progeny, as well as the “entire MAGA movement.”

“All the bravest and boldest conservatives in the country are behind J.D.,” Trump said to cheers.

“Tucker Carlson: good guy. Sen. Josh Hawley, really good guy. Stephen Miller, he loves the border! Sean Hannity, what a good guy he is. What a sweetheart,” Trump said.

“My two sons,” Trump added, “they’re big J.D. fans.”

DeSantis was in Ohio for Vance last month, a standing room only “Unite to Win” rally held under the auspices of the Trump-friendly Turning Point USA. He depicted Vance as a two-fisted fighter for conservative causes.

“We need to have people in Congress who are going to be willing to support a wall and support everything that we need to do,” DeSantis said.

“We need people who are going to go up there and do something with the majority,” DeSantis added. “Stop talking and actually get something done. I think JD is going to be a leader, not a follower.”

Polling continues to show DeSantis as the most logical impediment to a Trump run for the Republican nomination in 2024, suggesting the non-mention of his name may have been on purpose. Fresh Ohio polling from Emerson College shows that in a hypothetical 2024 General Election, both Trump and DeSantis would defeat Biden by 10%, another indication of increasing parity between the two.

The omission comes in the wake of a gubernatorial candidate DeSantis campaigned with in Arizona saying that she was “not a fan” of the Governor’s decision to undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

Arizona’s Kari Lake, appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News Channel, said she disagreed with the Florida Governor’s stunt.

“I’m not a fan of it, Tucker,” Lake said. “I mean, we’re just taking people here illegally who shouldn’t be here, moving them further inland.”

It wasn’t all criticism from Lake, however.

“I actually get a kick out of it,” Lake told Carlson. “Watching these liberal Mayors just throw their hands up and say ‘We can’t handle it.’ Because it’s life every day for us in these border states.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


10 comments

  • Don’t Look Up

    September 17, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    In other words …. all the most miserable clowns minus one!

    Reply

  • Hope

    September 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    More spin…

    Reply

    • Elliott Offen

      September 17, 2022 at 11:12 pm

      Trump wipes his ass with everyone eventually. Expects total loyalty and gives none. A crook with poor character and you dumb dumbs prop up such filth.

      Reply

    • Gerald Ford

      September 17, 2022 at 11:35 pm

      Like? Be specific.

      Reply

  • Ocean Joe

    September 18, 2022 at 7:28 am

    All the Trumpian big shots on one stage (hopefully well supported),
    cheering on JD Vance, a guy who a couple years ago was telling everyone what a fraud Trump was.

    Reply

  • Tom

    September 18, 2022 at 9:00 am

    America’s Governor leads Biden by 10%, 48% to 38%, per latest Emerson poll in Ohio.

    America’s Gov has the big Mo! Don’t tell Cals. Gov Newsom. LMAO.

    Reply

    • Charlie Crist

      September 18, 2022 at 9:51 am

      👆Vote for me. I’ll put lying nut jobs like this guy in the mental hospital.

      Reply

      • Tom

        September 18, 2022 at 9:19 pm

        My ass wipe Joey, clueless Dummycrat.

        It’s a Emerson public poll. America’s Gov kicking all your asses. Soros Manchurians paying for bots. Sound familiar degenerate Charlie Joey corsin? How much u getting Joey.

        Reply

  • Jim

    September 18, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Drumpf-DeSantis? Just a brief lovers quarrel. They are still an item.

    Reply

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