Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially filed documents Starting the 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday, the Republican candidate will clash with former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
The long-awaited move marks the culmination of a long-running story surrounding DeSantis, 44, who has battled resistance to COVID-era lockdown rules and a polarizing culture war. He quickly became a darling of the Republican Party because of his willingness to participate in DeSantis will announce his candidacy on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET in a Twitter Space conversation with Elon Musk.
And with some Republicans seeking to replace Mr. DeSantis as the party’s standard-bearer, the rivalry between Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Trump has officially simmered, burying their once-close ties.
Mr. Trump has already tortured the governor with relentless attacks for months. Mr Trump and his allies have attacked Mr DeSantis’ record, political ability and even character, amplifying the negative news about the governor. One pro-Trump PAC even cut an ad that featured a story about Mr. DeSantis eating pudding with a friend. fingerthe governor has rejected.
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President Trump’s aggression may have paid off. Polls in the potential primary field show that DeSantis, once a close rival of Mr. Trump, is consistently winning. Inferiority It continued for months, even as the governor toured key battlefields and racked up policy victories in the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.
The move came as no surprise, as Mr. DeSantis was also being looked at as a possible 2024 presidential candidate. Before The end of the 2020 election cycle. Although he’s largely kept quiet about his presidential ambitions, in recent months the governor has published a political memoir, hosted events for donors and conservative groups, embarked on a multistate speaking tour, and campaigned for the election. We have announced the campaign format. video Promoted achievements in Florida.
A Yale- and Harvard-educated attorney, DeSantis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and a founding member of the conservative Freedom Caucus before running for governor of Florida in 2018. resigned for
Trump endorsed DeSantis in his gubernatorial primary, giving him an edge in the polls and cutting an ad featuring his family that incorporated a series of Trump’s political slogans and catchphrases. . DeSantis’ closeness to Trump went beyond rhetoric, with critics saying the governor’s body language and body language appeared to resemble Trump’s. mirror Sometimes even Trump.
DeSantis easily won the primary and narrowly defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in the general election.
As governor, Mr. DeSantis’ populist rhetoric and focus on divisive social issues quickly earned him a national reputation.
During the coronavirus pandemic, DeSantis was quicker than other states to lift public health lockdown measures, citing the shutdown’s negative impact on the Florida economy. These and other moves, which coincided with an influx of new residents to the state, drew anger from health experts and locals. officialespecially after Covid cases sharply increased.
Mr. DeSantis joined a Republican campaign to protest President Joe Biden’s border policies and caused controversy when he flew immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, his support for a controversial bill (called “Don’t Say Gay” by critics) that would limit discussion of sex and gender in public schools is a reflection of the ongoing gay war. has changed to disney It lasted over a year.
Disney, one of Florida’s largest employers, has publicly joined critics who say the bill’s vague language could lead to targeting and marginalizing LGBTQ teachers and children. opposed the bill. DeSantis and his allies have responded to Disney’s criticism by targeting the special tax districts long held by Walt Disney World and vowing to end the “corporate kingdom.” Disney has since sued DeSantis and others in federal court, accusing the governor of orchestrating a campaign of political retaliation against the company.
In a state with a growing population but declining Democratic enrollment, DeSantis’ resistance to coronavirus safety rules and his perceived left-wing political opponent has paid off greatly. rice field. In the 2022 Florida gubernatorial election, he defeated Democratic opponent Charlie Christ in the US Congress by more than 20 points.
This time, he’s done it virtually without Trump’s help.
Polls consistently show Trump and DeSantis as by far the most competitive candidates in the Republican primary field, but recent polls show Trump trailing behind. It is shown that there are
As Mr. DeSantis’s profile rises, Mr. Trump’s view of the governor has soured. Shortly after the midterm elections in November, President Trump cried “Ron Desanctimonias” is one of several quirky nicknames for DeSantis, along with “Ron Desanctus”. reportedly“Meatball Ron”.
Trump has been hurt by his defeat to Biden, the aftermath of the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, and the underperformance of many of his picks in the midterm elections. But despite these scars, and despite Trump’s escalating legal troubles, including being indicted in the Manhattan hush-money case and being held responsible for sexual abuse and defamation in another case, Trump He is currently the Republican nominee for 2024.
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