Former DeSantis employee claims the governor routinely hits Trump in private

A former aide to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) claims the governor shot former President Donald Trump behind closed doors.

Variety’s special correspondent Gabriel Sherman released an article for the publication entitled Ron DeSantis: The Making and Remaking (And Remaking) of a MAGA Heir.

Sherman previously noted, “The DeSantis-Trump clash unfolded off-camera. But it probably won’t stay that way.”

He continues, “DeSantis privately trashes Trump.”

“He calls him a television personality and a jerk who has nothing to do with running for president,” a former DeSantis employee said, according to Sherman.


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According to Sherman, “DeSantis is telling donors that if he took on Trump, he would launch a full frontal attack on his record and competency, according to a GOP source briefed on the talks.”

Additionally, the GOP source stated that DeSantis “says the only way to beat Trump is to attack him head-on. He says he would turn to Trump during a debate and say, “Why didn’t you fire Fauci? You said you would build the wall, but there is no wall. Why is that?'”

According to reports, Trump “constantly vents about DeSantis,” according to people who speak to him.

A friend of the former president told Sherman he said DeSantis was “overrated, disloyal, and a know-nothing.”

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Sherman suggested that Trump’s “animus is fueled by his (not erroneous) belief that he brought DeSantis to the governor’s mansion. In conversations, Trump reminds people that then-Congressman DeSantis was losing double digits during the 2018 gubernatorial primary until Trump endorsed him.”

Sources argue that “it annoys Trump that DeSantis failed to acknowledge the boost Trump provided, beyond a cursory acknowledgment in his victory speech,” as Sherman writes.

A prominent Republican told Sherman that Trump tells people, “I made Ron,” adding, “Trump says that about a lot of people. But in this case it is actually true.”

Last week, the USA Today-Suffolk University opinion poll found that DeSantis is eight points ahead of Trump in a hypothetical GOP presidential primary for the governor’s state.

David Paleologos, Director of the University of Suffolk Political Research Centre, pointed out DeSantis’ lead is “a data point suggesting a shift in preferences among GOP voters away from Trump and towards DeSantis from Republicans, who know both potential combatants reasonably well.”


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The poll was conducted September 15-18 and polled 500 likely voters for the midterm elections.

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