Has Mad Don Gone Too Far In Attacking GOP Stars?

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: Former U.S. President Donald Trump walks away after speaking to the media during an election night event at Mar-a-Lago on November 08, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump spoke as the nation awaits the results of voting in the midterm elections.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Former President Donald Trump may be damaging himself politically by attacking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican figure who has become enormously popular on the political right.
  • “This is exactly why you’re bleeding extremely staunch supporters like me Trump. The great Governor has done nothing ‘sanctimonious’ to deserve that super lame nickname, or these lies about his (much better than yours) Covid policies. DeSantis 2024,” tweeted Storm Paglia of Townhall.
  • “Why? Why do this, man?” Townhall’s Matt Vespa tweeted about Trump’s statement. In another post, he said that the former president “is just self-destructing.”
  • “I was genuinely excited to see a primary fight between these two. I think that’s what would be best for the country. But apparently Trump is going to just embarrass himself and go down in flames and I’ll be honest, it saddens me a little. Not how the Trump era should end,” Jesse Kelly tweeted. “If Trump is dumb enough to attack the guy EVERY Republican in America is currently happy with, this primary is already over. He’s gonna lose at least half his support to DeSantis overnight,” he added in another tweet.

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