Cool Cat: DeSantis Refuses To Take Ranting Trump’s Bait

VANDALIA, OHIO - NOVEMBER 7:  Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump await his arrival at a rally for Ohio Republicans at the Dayton International Airport on November 7, 2022 in Vandalia, Ohio. Trump is campaigning for Republican candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance, who faces U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in tomorrow's general election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Once close allies, former President Donald Trump and popular Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have lately seemed more like mutually wary rivals.
  • Despite fully endorsing DeSantis in 2018 as “my great friend,” Trump has since dubbed DeSantis a “RINO,” or a “Republican in name only,” At a rally earlier this month, Trump started calling DeSantis “DeSanctimonious.”
  • Trump likely views DeSantis as a rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. While some polls show DeSantis beating Trump for the nomination, others, such as the Premise Data poll touted by the former president on Sunday, suggest that reports of Trump’s decline in popularity could be exaggerated.

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