Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump are close allies.
But all hell may be on the verge of breaking loose.
And that’s because Ron DeSantis is about to make one request of Donald Trump that will change everything.
Ron DeSantis shot from the back of the pack in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial primary and then to victory in November because of Donald Trump’s endorsements.
As DeSantis prepares to run for re-election in 2022, DeSantis is the hottest 2024 GOP presidential contender not named Donald Trump.
DeSantis built credibility with the Republican base over largely rejecting lockdowns and mask mandates, fighting big tech censorship, and signing legislation banning biological males from competing in women’s sports.
Some polls show that if Trump does not run for president in 2024 then Ron DeSantis is the favorite for the GOP nomination.
But now it looks like some unnamed staffers and media outlets tried to create friction between the two.
Donald Trump was scheduled to hold a rally in Sarasota, Florida.
The media claimed that was controversial because Florida is still recovering from the condo collapse in Surfside which killed at least ten and left over 150 still missing—many are presumed dead.
It is the worst disaster since 9/11.
One Republican claimed in an interview with the Washington Examiner that DeSantis wants Trump to postpone the rally out of respect for the disaster recovery, but can’t publicly do so without alienating Donald Trump’s supporters.
“The governor is getting tested here as to how far he’s going to be pushed before he breaks ranks with President Trump. And he has to be very careful because this is Trump country,” this source said. “The base loves the president. But they equally love Ron. It’s a showdown going on right now.”
A former aide to President Trump claimed DeSantis made the right move in focusing on the Surfside search and rescue operation.
“He does have to win reelection in 2022,” a Trumpworld source told the Washington Examiner. “He can’t piss off the president. But at the same time, he’s reading the temperature correctly.”
The Examiner claimed some of the friction between Trump and DeSantis owed to the presence of aide Susie Wiles running Trump’s political operation.
Wiles oversaw Trump’s 2016 Florida campaign and managed DeSantis’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign before the two had a falling out.
“There’s a huge rift between the DeSantis and Trump [camps],” one source told the Examiner.
However, both the DeSantis and Trump camps dismissed this story as fake news.
Trump’s spokeswoman Liz Harrington declared that Trump raised money for the recovery effort in Surfside and that Trump’s planned rally was as far from Surfside as New York was from Boston.
“Like all Americans, President Trump sends his deepest condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones or been displaced by the terrible tragedy in Surfside. The event in Sarasota, however, is on the other side of the state, 3 1/2 hours away, approximately the same distance from Boston to New York, and will not impact any of the recovery efforts,” Harrington stated. “In fact, President Trump has instructed his team to collect relief aid for Surfside families both online and on-site at the Sarasota rally.”
DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw sent out a statement declaring that it was fake news that DeSantis ever asked Trump to postpone his rally and that DeSantis’ track record for wanting large events in Florida over the last year speaks for itself.
“Gov. DeSantis is focusing on his duties as governor and the tragedy in Surfside, and has never suggested or requested that events planned in different parts of Florida — from the Stanley Cup Finals to President Trump’s rally — should be canceled,” Pushaw’s statement read. “He wants all Floridians to enjoy the holiday weekend and celebrate Independence Day however they choose, while keeping the Surfside families and first responders in their prayers.”
Trump and DeSantis are political allies and the two most popular Republicans in the country.
The media could try and create a rift in the hopes of baiting Trump into attacking DeSantis or vice versa because that back and forth would just tear the Republican Party apart.
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