‘30 days left’: Donald Trump campaign thinks Ron DeSantis is running out of time

Trump's team is turning the DeSantis campaign's words against the candidate.

Despite its hefty lead in the polls, the Donald Trump campaign isn’t holding back on Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Trump campaign attacked DeSantis in a Sunday memo sent to media and supporters. The email argues that DeSantis has just 30 days to turn his campaign around, a tongue-in-cheek reference to a countdown clock that a DeSantis strategist used in a pitch to supporters ahead of the first Republican debate. It comes just a few days before the GOP field faces off for the second debate of the cycle.

“With 30 days left to go, things haven’t gotten any better for Ron DeeSanctimonious, and in fact he’s fallen further behind President Trump,” reads the memo. “With nothing but icebergs on the horizon for Ron DeeSanctus, he might be entering his political ‘Green Mile.’”

The memo seizes on the latest polling and primary narratives, which haven’t been great for DeSantis. The Florida governor over the past week placed fifth and fourth place in polls in two New Hampshire polls. Meanwhile large national outlets like The Washington Post are beginning to swim circles around DeSantis’s campaign.

The memo places DeSantis’s September polling against his August numbers and suggests that Trump is expanding his lead while DeSantis is losing ground.

The Trump campaign says the “kiss of death” countdown that DeSantis strategist Jeff Roe spoke into existence is to blame. Roe reportedly told donors in August, ahead of the first debate, that DeSantis needed to beat Trump in 60 days. Half of that time period has lapsed, and the Trump campaign says Roe’s words hurt DeSantis.

“Before Roe’s August ‘Kiss of Death,’ President Trump led DeeSanctimonious in Iowa by double-digits, a lead that has only grown,” reads the memo.

The Trump campaign cites polling in August from Iowa, for example, that showed Trump leading DeSantis by 23 points. It then shares another poll published this week with DeSantis trailing the former President by 31 points.

The memo comes ahead of a Republican debate set for Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

The Trump campaign attempted to set the tone for DeSantis’s performance.

“Literally nobody thinks DeeSanctimonious can count on an impressive performance to reverse his slide,” the memo reads. “You can’t coach personality!”

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  • PeterH

    September 24, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    “Time” is not on Trump’s side. Trump is always accusing others of symptoms he himself is suffering!

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  • Rick Whitaker

    September 24, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    both desantis and trump have deplorable personalities. on the other hand, biden is well liked and known for a good personality .

  • TJC

    September 24, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    The German people of the late 1930’s thought Hitler had a great personality, and yeah, nobody coached him. He was a self-made man. So, they adored him. Followed him. Did his bidding.
    And it didn’t work out very well for them.

    • TJC

      September 24, 2023 at 6:20 pm

      And let me add this, to answer anyone who says it is inappropriate to compare Trump to Hitler:
      Right now Trump is loudly and clearly calling for our nation and all others to abandon support for Ukraine, to cave in to the desire of Putin to rebuild the Soviet Union — a desire that Putin has expressly stated. Right now Ukraine, a fledgling democracy in Europe, is fighting against a dictator who has instigated the first war in Europe since World War II was instigated by Hitler because of his desire to rebuild a fantasy version of a German empire.
      Trump’s call to abandon Ukraine is a real threat to democracy everywhere, and a real threat to peace in the rest of Europe. It is also a clear indication of his disdain for democracy in Europe and admiration of dictators, of which he would love to be one, a desire he has expressly stated.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 25, 2023 at 3:05 am

    Lol Desantis is a big looser! Love it! The Desantis mantra is about racist and sexist bs! Not that Trump is any better! Lol. Where is the Grand Ole Party!? That GOP was for the common good of debate and vote and solving problems!

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 9:30 am

      not so much, i still consider reagun to be one of our worst presidents. his attacks on labor and the middle class are still being felt today. he destroyed all the programs that helped working class people attend post high school institutions. he replaced them with school loans, many of them being predatory. look at how that turned out. so, no, i don’t agree with you that the old gop was good. i didn’t mention the bush wars based on lies that hurt our country in many ways. what “problem solving and common good” are you referring to. the gop is a cancer to democracy.

  • wake up yall

    September 25, 2023 at 7:43 am

    One sociopathic loser dissing another sociopathic loser, what a waste of zeros and ones. Where’s my $2 per gallon gasoline? Can’t Rona get that nasty Citizens Property Insurance surcharge off my homeowners insurance bill? But I don’t want to carry my rapist’s baby to full term and raise it to be MAGA, why can’t I get rid of if?

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 9:33 am

      yeah, wake up you naive florida voters, my family depends on that.

  • Lex

    September 25, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Desantis needs to concentrate on staying the last Republican candidate standing with Trump. I would be overly nice to Trump but remind people that he has been indicted four times and Independents and low-information voters will not understand how political those indictments are. Desantis has a much greater chance of winning a general election. Trump IS a fellow Republican and was a very good president, so don’t beat down on him more than to point out that you are very similar but you are far more electible.

  • DePort DeSantis

    September 25, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    I hate when he is right.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 4:57 pm

      right, so you think trump was a good president, based on what. trump has managed to surpassed ragun as the worst modern era president. but you being in the maga cult, you think not. saying that trump’s legal issues are politically motivated is stupid. most of the witnesses, emails, and statements against trump have been from trumpers. what’s wrong with your ability to think? oh yeah you are a cultist. most cultist rarely admit to being cultist.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 5:24 pm

      he’s wrong, so yoyu don’t have to hate it. hate might be your go to card. if you are a trumper, i know it’s your go to card.

  • My Take

    September 25, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Think about Trumplandia’s 2nd Reich.
    Pottersvville would be paradise aside it.
    The effective end of a democratic* free** state.
    * small “d”
    ** ìnternally

    • My Take

      September 25, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      Trump ~= Somosa, Batista, PopaDoc, Trujillo, and who was that guy in Panama ?
      (Not Fidel particularly because not communist)

  • My Take

    September 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    WHO will be Trumpy’s VP candidate??

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