Team Trump thumps Casey DeSantis for urging out-of-state participation in Iowa caucuses

Casey Ron DeSantis Fox
'The Trump campaign strongly condemns their dirty and illegal tactics.'

Saturday saw the Donald Trump campaign belatedly respond to an attempt from Florida’s First Lady to bring supporters from around the country to sway the Iowa caucuses.

Casey DeSantis’ embrace of voter fraud to salvage her husband’s failing campaign is not just wrong, it risks compromising the integrity of the Iowa Caucus. This type of irresponsible and desperate rhetoric must be addressed by both Ron DeSantis and Governor Kim Reynolds, who campaigned for election integrity and was elected to protect the votes of Iowans. Both Governors DeSantis and Reynolds must reject and condemn these comments and apologize to the great people of Iowa,” argued Karoline Leavitt, spokeswoman for Make America Great Again Inc.

A statement from the formal campaign itself, unattributed to a specific person, made the same case.

“Safe and secure elections are the bedrock of our democracy, and either the DeSantises are purposefully spreading false information or they are too uninformed about the Iowa Caucus to properly educate caucus-goers on how to participate in the process. These people have no idea what they’re doing and are simply engaging in play-pretend politics.”

The Trump campaign urged Reynolds to “clarify what the rules are and that the instructions given by the DeSantises are flagrantly wrong that could further disenfranchise caucus-goers. Even the Republican Party of Iowa had to immediately issue a response to the DeSantises’ wrong information.”

“The DeSantises specifically said they were calling on their campaign coalition groups of out-of-state, non-Iowa residents to illegally ‘descend on the caucus’ and try to cast a vote. The Trump campaign strongly condemns their dirty and illegal tactics and implores all Trump supporters to be aware of the DeSantises’ openly stated plot to rig the Caucus through fraud,” they added.

The objections come in the wake of a First Couple appearance on Fox News Friday.

“We’re asking all of these moms and grandmoms to come from wherever it might be — North Carolina, South Carolina — and descend upon the state of Iowa to be a part of the caucus because you do not have to be a resident of Iowa to be able to participate in the caucus. So moms and grandmoms are going to be able to come and be a part and let their voice be heard in support of Ron DeSantis,” she said.

Casey DeSantis clarified these comments during an event in Iowa later on Friday, noting that the campaign knows “that they cannot vote in the caucus process, but they can come and volunteer and they can be a part of it in that way, so you’re seeing people from North Carolina, from South Carolina, from Florida, in particular coming because they feel so strongly about protecting the future of their kids.

The Iowa GOP notes that all caucus participants must actually live in the state, meanwhile, throwing cold water on those supporters’ vacation plans. This comes after Gov. DeSantis suggested that Iowa should hold caucuses in Florida, an idea that got no traction.

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    December 9, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    What were Trump’s people even doing is Mrs Rhonda’s kitchen to hear that’s what she said?

    • WhatNow

      December 9, 2023 at 2:16 pm

      – Playing in her pantries? Sorry, just couldn’t resist 😉

  • Biscuit

    December 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    NewsNuts out of Iowa: Donald Trump, alerted to a crisis and inspired by his duty to defend Democracy against Ron and Casey DeSantis, had his peeps release a statement. The heartfelt and tear-jerking call to action, which he presumably read or had read to him, included the words and phrases “democracy,” “integrity,” “bedrock,” “spreading false information,” and the blistering “play-pretend politics.”
    Ouch. That oughta do it.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    December 9, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    It’s not Mrs Rhonda’s fault. People who hate her (and or the Mr) told her to say that. Just like when people gave Michelle Obama’s old speech to Melania Trump. They did that because they despised Trump, and his term had not even started. It was only just inauguration day!

  • Gaming the Iowa Caucus Is Ridiculous

    December 9, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Of course after this outrageous gambit to skew the Iowa result fails, it should hasten Ron’s departure from the race.

  • WhatNow

    December 9, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    If *anybody* – including Floridians – ever had or have any doubt about the dictatorial style and intent of the DeSantises, this c**p should dispel it pronto. Not that Trump is any better in this regard – the only reason he’s complaining about this illegal stuff being attempted by the DeSantises is that Ron DeSantis has been his primary competitor within the Republican Party and that Trump hopes it serves as a distraction for the general public from his own serious legal difficulties.

  • Gov Reynolds

    December 9, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Let’s not forget Republican Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa endorses the DeSantis campaign and has yet to rescind the endorsement despite the DeSantis campaign’s gross and obvious election meddling.

    The election stealers are the GOP.

    Everything the GOP types accuse is really a confession.

    • MH/Duuuval

      December 10, 2023 at 12:02 pm

      re: Kim
      Check her record — every bit a radical as Dee’s.

    • Michael J Carey

      December 18, 2023 at 7:09 pm

      “Accuse others of” Learn proper English!

  • Kar

    December 9, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Nobody told her to say anything. Casey is the tip of the spear. The DeSantis’ thought they could play games. When everyone arrives from out of state they could say participate in the caucus doesn’t mean participate in the caucus, didn’t you read the fine print? No, well sorry about that, please put yourself to good use and do some door knocking. She did this on purpose. Team DeSantis is all about lying to people, confusing people, and gaslighting.

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 8:28 pm

      kar, lock her up, lock her up, lock her up.

  • PeterH

    December 9, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Team DeSantis can always find time to clean up their political mess!

  • No Consequences In Florida

    December 10, 2023 at 5:45 am

    White people turned out to be a giant disappointment.

    Christians aren’t known for smarts. Here we see an example highlighting both.

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