Donald Trump slams Ron DeSantis, Club For Growth as ‘globalists’

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He compared the Governor to a former Primary foe, Jeb Bush.

Former President Donald Trump is attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis as a “globalist” in a pointed Truth Social post. The rhetorical attack steps up Trump’s increasing criticism of a one-time political ally as a potential 2024 Presidential Primary matchup looms.

“Ron DeSanctimonious, who I made Governor in BOTH the Primary and the General, is also a Globalist, and so are his donors,” Trump posted. “Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush was next to him last week. Check PAST!”

Trump defeated Bush, a former Florida Governor, for the 2016 Republican nomination for President, and tensions remained high between the two long after Trump won a term in the White House.

The hostility between Trump and DeSantis is definitely a more recent development, though not a surprising one. Friction between the two political leaders has ramped up over the years. After losing the White House to Democratic President Joe Biden in 2020, Trump has already announced he will run again in 2024. Most expect DeSantis to run for President this cycle as well.

Within Trump circles, that has been viewed as an act of disloyalty. Most credit Trump’s endorsement of DeSantis as allowing DeSantis to defeat Adam Putnam in 2018 for the Republican nomination for Governor. The President also campaigned for DeSantis in the General Election that year, where he topped Democrat Andrew Gillum by a scant 32,463 votes.

In the same post where Trump slammed the Governor of his home state, he also brought up an old grudge against the political organization Club For Growth.

“The Club For No Growth is a GLOBALIST group that I have been taking to the cleaners for years. We worked together for a period, but they couldn’t get away from China, Europe, Asia and parts unknown,” Trump said. “They know I won’t play that game, I am America First all the way. That’s the ONLY way we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

The group has had a hot-and-cold relationship with Trump at various points, opposing his candidacy for president in 2016 but then supporting pro-Trump candidates and even coordinating endorsements in later election cycles. But the forces reportedly parted ways again in 2022 amid differences on who to support in several key Midterm Elections.

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  • Paul Passarelli

    January 30, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    An open letter to Sleepy Joe Biden:

    Dear Occupant,
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Washington, DC

    Many of us believe that Governor DeSantis would ba a *FANTASTIC* POTUS.

    However, we selfishly want him to remain the Governor of Free Florida, where we get to keep all of is bold & positive efforts for ourselves.

    We also want President Donald Trump to be restored to the White House following the stealing of the 2020 election.

    We feel that any effort that in effect puts Mr Trump ‘out to pasture’ in an implicit acceptance of the Democrats malfeasance.

    We the people of good conscience need to reconcile these two mutually exclusive possibilities and stop allowing the Left to use it to drive wedges.

    We believe that if Governor DeSantis can find it in his heart to wait until 2028, and serve as Mr Trump’s heir apparent, until that time, we will all be the beneficiaries of that patience. It is a very tall ask. Because it also requires that Mr. Trump stop criticizing *his* Governor as well.

    I worry that if either man takes the White House in ’24 after a protracted battle, there will be so many more pieces to pick up after the carnage. I suspect this is what the Democrats are counting on.

    I would implore Mr. Trump to cease his attacks. Those of us who know, are not impressed. Those who do not know, even less so. Those that seek discord are licking their chops.

    — In Liberty

    • Linwood Wright

      January 31, 2023 at 11:34 am

      You guys are hilarious.
      “DeSantis is keeping Florida free!”

      Meanwhile, well over half the people here live under an HOA or condo association where a bunch of Karens have the power to tell you what color to paint your fence.

      The only Freedom DeSantis is handing out, is the freedom to be a bigot or an idiot. Or giving big corporations the “Freedom” to dump garbage in the water and take away workers rights.

      I’ve said this before and I’ve said it again. There are only two kinds of Republicans:

      1) Billionaires
      2) Rubes

      • Paul Passarelli

        February 1, 2023 at 12:01 am

        What so HOAs have to do with anything? If you were stupid enough to buy a property in one and only after the closing discovered that you bought a pig in a poke, well, shame on you.

        There is more than enough information out there to warn away any smart people. Only fools and Leftists and your average Progressive-Socialist (but I repeat myself) are dumb enough to fall into the HOA mini Socialist State trap.

        The rest of the shit you wrote is just that, and I’m not going to waste my time going over it addressing all the nonsense contained therein point by point.

        • Linwood Wright

          February 1, 2023 at 2:40 pm

          Nearly every single new development is an HOA in Florida, and about 70% of all Floridians live under one now.
          I know that doesn’t effect trash like you who probably lives in a trailer in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, but most of these new people moving to Florida for the “Freedom” are going to find themselves instead living under an Autocracy of Karens.

          And since you’re obvioulsy not a Billionaire, i’m going to assume you’re just another Rube.

  • Japes

    January 30, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Who cares about either one of these losers. Poor Ron is trying to make the state even stupider than they are. I went to school in Savannah and all those poor Florida kids we went to school with, were lucky they could tie their shoes. In college and had the social graces of middle school kids……always wanted to hang out at the mall??? College kids, hanging out at the mall????? Yep, thank Florida education for that.

  • Bill

    January 30, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I see that you injected some humor by, amongst other things, implying that trump could keep his mouth shut and that desantis would play second fiddle to trump (or vise versa). I needed the laugh though. Thanks.

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 30, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    The idea that anyone, even someone as uninformed as Trump, would refer to DeSantis as a “Globalist” defies logic. DeSantis has shown multiple times how he’s counting on Floridians to remain ignorant about history, literature, civil rights etc. His authoritarian policies seem to be focused on less education or connection to world events, and more hatred and distrust of federal agencies, businesses, and sadly, educators. DeSantis, a Globalist? Trump will need to do better than that..

  • Yeppers

    January 31, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Putnam had every lobbyist and establishment elected R in the state behind him in the primary.. Contrary to R opinion we don’t go by whose turn it is but by character and strength. Ron DeSantis eviscerated Putnam in both debates and then crushed him in the primary by over 20 points. Pretty sure Ron earned the EOG himself.

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