Trump holds fire against DeSantis in Miami
But during a rally in Miami for Sen. blond frame (R-Fla.), who is running for a third term against Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), Trump struck a much more conciliatory tone.
“You’re going to re-elect my wonderful, my great friend Marco Rubio to the United States Senate and you’re going to re-elect Ron DeSantis as your governor,” Trump told a packed crowd at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds.
Trump is expected to announce that he is in mid-November running for president. The move would pit him against DeSantis, who is also expected to run in 2024 and has built a national reputation in recent years for his handling of Covid-19 in Florida and ongoing feuds with President Joe Biden.
While the two men have largely refrained from publicly criticizing each other, there have been clashes over the past few weeks. In addition to branding DeSantis with a new nickname, Trump used his social media page Truth Social to post a video of former Fox News host Megyn Kelly saying DeSantis can’t “overpower” Trump on the debate stage, further fueling political intrigue when he didn’t did. invite him to a rally in Miami.
In Miami, however, Trump gave a speech unlike any other he has given. He blasted Biden on immigration, spread unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him and branded Democrats as extremists in a part of Florida with a large population of residents who fled or had family members flee left-wing rulers in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“Hispanics are joining our movement in the millions and millions and millions … many are here,” Trump said. “Many Hispanics have their roots in nations that have absolutely destroyed these vile ideologies, and they don’t want that to happen here.”
He also hinted at his likely bid for the White House, saying he’ll “probably have to do it again. … Stay tuned.”
As a long list of speakers excited the crowd ahead of Trump’s arrival, DeSantis kicked off the first of three separate events on his 13-stop tour starting on Election Day. The governor has not publicly criticized Trump, even as advisers admit they have noticed Trump’s increasing willingness to attack him.
DeSantis stuck to a famous two-step campaign speech that included slamming Biden as well as recalling his battles over Covid-19 and Disney Proposal for the Law on “Parental Rights in Education”.known as the “Don’t Talk Gay” law by its critics.
“Look, I fought him the whole time,” DeSantis said of Biden. “I’ve been there since day one, since he came in and we’ve been fighting for you. November 8 is really the first time that every American is going to the polls and just telling Joe Biden what you think about his policies. You can send a loud message about it and I think he needs to hear it.”
While criticizing Biden on immigration, he told the crowd that the federal government must roll back policies such as “stay in Mexico” as well as finish the border wall. He didn’t mention that it was Trump’s policy, which he has done during some of his previous campaign stops.
The Trump-DeSantis rally duel overshadowed the Democrats’ last-minute push. Charlie Crist, the Democratic candidate challenging DeSantis, has made several stops in South Florida, including “Souls to the Polls” events designed to try to push voters to the polls on the final day of early voting. Crist trailed DeSantis in numerous polls leading up to Election Day.
The feud between Trump and DeSantis has forced Florida Republicans to quietly signal which side they might take, even as they try to navigate a seemingly unwinnable situation. State Senate President Wilton Simpson, who is running for statewide agriculture commissioner, was on stage with Trump, who previously endorsed him in his bid for statewide office.
Simpson and DeSantis have had bad blood in the past, including with the governor at one point recruiting a Republican to run against him in the Republican primary. That candidate dropped out after Simpson agreed to allow the Florida Senate to consider redistricting maps championed by DeSantis after the governor vetoed maps drawn up by the state legislature.
During his brief comments on stage, Simpson, referring to Trump, said voters must “put a real conservative fighter back in the White House in 2024.” He also referred to DeSantis as the “Governor of America,” a common moniker that Republicans across the country have come to use when referring to DeSantis.
Florida Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters, who has been a vocal supporter of Trump since his days as chairman of the Sarasota County Republican Party leadership, attended Trump’s rally, and at one point a “run Trump, run” chant began to be eagerly responded to by the crowd.
The venue, Miami-Dade County, comes with its own set of intrigues during the 2022 midterms. DeSantis and the Republicans appear poised to win the longtime Democratic stronghold for the first time in two decades. The latest poll showed DeSantis beating Cristo in Miami-Dade and with Hispanic voters, a huge concentration of whom live in Miami and surrounding cities. It’s part of what looks to be a massive red wave building in Florida for Republicans, who now have a 300,000 registration lead over Democrats.
As of Sunday morning, Republicans also held a nearly 340,000-vote lead, a huge advantage during an election day period that generally wins Democrats ahead of what is typically a big Republican wave on Election Day.
“This is where socialism dies,” said the Republican representative. Mario Diaz Balart he told the crowd, which erupted in cheers.
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