Donald Trump mocks reports of Ron DeSantis forming ‘exploratory committee’
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Trump DeSantis
'It’s amazing what being 40 down does.'

Former President Donald Trump believes Gov. Ron DeSantis exploring a presidential “exploratory committee” is a sign the Florida Governor is worried about 2024.

“He’s going to form an exploratory committee to determine — well, that’s a big step because he said he was never looking at committees. Now he’s looking at committees. It’s amazing what being 40 down does,” Trump said on Steve Bannon‘s War Room podcast Saturday. “The donors are largely leaving him now.”

Trump also rehashed his familiar narrative about his pivotal 2018 endorsement of DeSantis, and subsequent disappointment in the Florida Governor’s apparent political ambitions.

“DeSantis is failing badly. Ron De-sanctimonious,” Trump said, as transcribed by Fox Business.

“It’s always bad. You endorse somebody. He’s dead. He’s over, his political career. He’s going to be looking for a job. He’ll be lucky to get a job. Comes to me, begs me for an endorsement. I give it to him. He ends up winning the election, winning the nomination, winning the election by numbers you wouldn’t believe. I mean he was so far down he was gone, and then they shout to him a couple years later, ‘When do you run against the president?’ ‘Oh, I have no comment.’

“No comment means the answer is yes,” continued Trump.

NBC News reports moves are being made in the next few weeks, with an exploratory committee indeed being explored.

Trump’s comments come as DeSantis appears to be dealing with donor attrition and less-than-optimal polling.

On Monday and Tuesday, an Emerson College poll in the field shows Donald Trump consolidating Republican support in a potential presidential race, with 62% of voters polled choosing the former President.

DeSantis was 46 points behind in second place, pulling 16% support — his worst showing in any national survey of the 2024 field in recent memory.

The Emerson poll is significantly worse for DeSantis than the FiveThirtyEight average of polls, which shows a Trump aggregate trend. The former President leads DeSantis 51% to 24% on average, with Mike Pence at 6% and Nikki Haley at 4%.

A.G. Gancarski

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8 comments

  • Moderate Tea Party Republican Ed👍

    April 30, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    Neither one will win so they’re just gonna beat each other up and insult one another for nothing. The GOP is their own worst enemy. The major players are shills for the rich and religious whackos. It’s a sht show.

    • Earl Pitts American

      April 30, 2023 at 7:28 pm

      Good evening Ed,
      Stop trying to take the wind out of the sails of this great campaigne. There is still quite a show to put on and we need America involved and watching the Republican Debates. So Ed I need you to stop being such a Debbie Downer, such a Negative Nelly, and such a Whining Willie.
      I, Earl Pitts American, order you to call 4 Hims, get you some of those little blue pills, and then call some hoochies over for some manly relations with those fine fine sugar sweet hoochies my man Ed.
      Then after you get your groove back thanks to those fine hoochies you can come back and make some more upbeat and positive comments.
      Do as I have advised Ed you and will thank me later.
      Thank you Ed,
      Earl Pitts ” Part Time Erectial Dysfunction Advisor” American

      • Moderate Republican Ed👍

        April 30, 2023 at 9:15 pm

        You have serious mental health problems. Seek treatment before you are beaten or jailed.

        • Earl Pitts American

          May 1, 2023 at 7:04 am

          Good morning ED,
          With ED, or erectial dysfunction, denial is the biggest roadblock to men living a full life. I understand, lashing out at your Erectial Dysfunction Advisor is normal. You are forgivin.
          Again ED:
          1, CONTACT 4 HIMS
          2. CALL IN THE HOOCHIES
          Its that simple to get your life back on track, your mo-jo back, best of all as your confidence builds you will shed the shakles of being just another dook 4 brains leftist. Yes ED as a verial confidant ladies man you will have no problem turning your life around for the better. My man ED, after a few months you will no longer need leftist group think and you will march your studly @55 right down to the Sup. Of Elections and change to Republican voting regristration. Go for the change ED join the manly men of the world!
          Thank you ED,
          Earl Pitts American

          • Elliott Offen

            May 1, 2023 at 8:00 am

            Seek help for schizophrenia, narcissistic psychopathy, mania, and of course sub-ape levels of intelligence.

  • Earl Pitts American

    April 30, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    Good evening America,
    Dont worry I, Earl Pitts “King Maker” American, will allow Don and Ron to duke it out a little longer. Then when I detetmime the time is right I will tell which one of them to step down.
    I, Earl Pitts American, order everyone to just stop obsessing over meaningless leftist fake polls. Heck America we still need to put on our Republican “Debate Show” so just chill. You all know you want to see Don and Ron duke it out on the debate stage. And what about Mickey Mouse Hailey, that Indian Dude Apu who was America’s favorite Mini-Mart Manager in that hit TV show The Simpsons? And of course dont forget we will have great sport abusing that Geezer Dude Asa, who was a Geezer Govorner of Arkansas, on the debate stage. Old Geezers are such fun!!!
    So everybody just slow your roll over the Don vs Ron thing and let us put on our drbate show as planned…geeze folks its like y’all have never lived thru a Presidental election before. There is TV money to be made by me, Earl Pitts “King Maker” American, and I’m telling you all to just chill and be sure to watch the debates because it will make me a bundle of money if I get millions of you jugheads watching on the debate nights. So dont mess this up for me!!!
    I, Earl Pitts “King Maker” American will determime which one of the contenders will be the parties nominee. While I cant tell you now who it will be believe me I already know and will give the big reveal after we put on our debate show.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “King Maker” American

    • Moderate Conservative Republican Ed👍

      April 30, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      Seek treatment for your schizophrenia, intellectual disability, and poor character before you are beaten, jailed, or killed.

  • Lex

    May 1, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Trump should learn to be gracious. Desantis and Trump are very, very close in policy. They are natural allies. Had Trump won the last election, Desantis would be on track to run after Trump was term limited out. One of Trump’s biggest weaknesses is not knowing when not to fight. Last time he fought a nasty primary, it took him two years to win back the Republicans.

    Honestly, I am not sure that Trump wouldn’t have more fun as Speaker of the House.

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