Trump Says DeSantis Is Ruining His 2028 Chances

Former President Donald Trump criticized his challenger for the Republican presidential candidacy, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for his “performance” during his campaign activities on July 4, speculating that DeSantis was damaging his chances of obtaining the nomination, not only in 2024 but in 2028.

DeSantis is squaring off against Donald Trump for the 2024 nomination to run for the presidency of the United States, but Trump is telling the DeSantis campaign that his efforts are futile and they are damaging his brand for 2028 as well.

Trump tweeted on Truth Social that  DeSanctimonious (the name he coined for DeSantis) was getting demolished for his appearance in New Hampshire, noting there were no crowds, enthusiasm, or curiosity. 

The former president said the DeSantis campaign is “complete and utter shambles.” 

On holiday celebrating the nation’s independence, DeSantis participated in two parades in New Hampshire with his family and friends. DeSantis reportedly received “a lot of cheers and some jeers along the procession route.”

Even before DeSantis decided to enter the campaign, Trump had already selected his erstwhile buddy as the candidate most likely to dislodge him from the top of the Republican ticket. He tried many nicknames for the famous Florida governor, including “DeSanctimonious” and “Meatball Ron.” 

In the RealClearPolitics polling average of the primary field, Ron DeSantis is trailing Donald Trump by a little more than 30 points. Considering that he was trailing Trump by a margin that was half that at the end of March, this is a discouraging number for the DeSantis campaign; however, he still maintains a considerable advantage over the other candidates challenging Trump.

DeSantis has deficits of 26.6 and 21.3 points, respectively, in the first two states to hold primary elections, New Hampshire and Iowa. These deficits are marginally less substantial than the ones he faces in other states.

As it stands now, unless someone emerges in a big way, Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Republicans, despite indictments and court cases.