Race among Republicans: Trump barely mentions DeSantis

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Trump did not mention DeSantis during the show

While former US President Trump campaigned in Florida, Republican Governor DeSantis was notably absent. Trump didn’t say a word about it either. The 44-year-old is being marketed as a potential challenger to Trump as a 2024 presidential candidate.

Two days before crucial midterm elections in the United States, former President Donald Trump drummed up Florida, which has been adopted back to Republicans. Notably, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, was absent from the big rally in Miami — and Trump didn’t mention him at all. US media, citing Trump staff, said DeSantis was not invited to the rally and was not asked to attend. Meanwhile, DeSantis was taking other campaign dates in the southern US state.

The 44-year-old governor, who will be confirmed in office next Tuesday, is seen as Trump’s strongest intra-party challenger in the 2024 presidential election. By-elections will be held on November 8 after the by-elections. Americans then vote majorities in the US Congress and many governorships and other positions.

Signs of growing tension?

According to polls, DeSantis has a strong chance of winning the gubernatorial election in Florida. During the election campaign, Trump publicly supported successful Republicans who supported him. On Sunday evening he appeared with Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who is likely to be up for re-election next Tuesday. In his speech, he also praised many Republicans in Florida. “Each of these people I list here have my full and unreserved support,” he said. He did not mention DeSantis.

Trump has tended to ignore DeSantis in the past. In a speech on Saturday, he took a dig at himself by calling himself “Ron Desanctimonius.” “Sancmonious” means hypocrisy in German. American observers took Sunday’s showdown in Florida as a sign of growing tension between the two presumptive Republican nominees in the 2024 presidential election.

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