Donald Trump firms date for 2024 campaign launch, knocks Ron DeSantis again for bad poll
Donald Trump.

“Ron DeSantis, 10. That's OK.”

The 2024 Republican Presidential Primary beckons for Donald Trump, even with Midterms still to be decided.

The former President, widely rumored to announce his intentions in Ohio, did not do so. But he again made it clear it was imminent.

“I’m going to be making a very big announcement Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Mar-a-Lago,” Trump said to cheers.

Before Trump pre-announced, he also continued a recent history of referencing Gov. Ron DeSantis, which has seen favorable comments (a re-election endorsement Sunday) juxtaposed with a jab at the Governor as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

Monday’s remarks were somewhere in between. Before reiterating his endorsement of DeSantis to cheers, Trump presented the same poll he did Saturday when he coined that nickname for DeSantis, as a “four more years” chant began in the crowd.

“All right, so it’s Trump, 71. Ron DeSantis, 10. That’s OK,” Trump deadpanned. “Mike Pence, 7. It has to be an incorrect poll, you know why? There’s no way (Liz) Cheney gets 4%.”

Trump avoided the nickname, but the message was clear, with the former President cherry-picking the same Rasmussen poll he spotlighted in Pennsylvania roughly 24 hours after an endorsement of the absent DeSantis at a Miami rally for Marco Rubio.

“You’re going to re-elect Ron DeSantis as Governor of your state,” he said.

Trump claims he made DeSantis, but evidence piled up that the dynamic has frayed, even before the “DeSanctimonious” moment Saturday, raising questions about how enduring the DeSantis endorsement will be past Tuesday.

Among the grievances: DeSantis prematurely committed Trump to speak at the Florida GOP Statesman’s Dinner in 2019; he didn’t close beaches in 2020 despite Trump’s wishes, and the Governor skipped a Trump rally while appearing instead with President Joe Biden in Surfside after the Champlain Tower South collapse.

Trump is still the front-runner in most 2024 Republican Primary polls, but DeSantis is a defined second in surveys, with stronger performances in some states, including Florida.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • The Real Tom

    November 8, 2022 at 6:56 am

    Ron DeSanctimonious loves Joe Biden more than Trump… because he knows Trump is a crook… politically impotent and radioactive waste. DARK GARLAND will vote NO to Trump crime spree after the midterms.

  • Bill

    November 8, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Hard to image we’ll be subjected to trumps buffoonery for two years just so he can lose another election. That having been said, watching him and desantis go at each other might be funny – an effing moron Vs. someone who thinks they are the second coming of Jesus. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Chris

      November 8, 2022 at 7:20 am

      Great comment, Bill. Thanks for the early morning chuckle.

      • Joe Corsin

        November 8, 2022 at 7:24 am

        If Trump runs again then he will lose again…so I hope he gets the nomination.

  • Charlie Crist

    November 8, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Ram though a bill now.. declare the GOP a national security threat and eliminate this dangerous far right party. Call out the military on anyone who has a problem with it… annihilate the terrorists.

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