‘A big mistake’: Trump fires shot at Ron DeSantis for backing a Republican candidate he’s opposing

‘A big mistake’: Trump fires shot at Ron DeSantis for backing a Republican candidate he’s opposing

Posted For: MugsMalone

Elizabeth Elkind

Donald Trump openly criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Sunday night, a gaping wound in a once-close relationship that’s since been marked by months of veiled jabs and reports of nasty personal comments.

DeSantis appears to have angered the former president by endorsing Joe O’Dea, a moderate GOP candidate in Colorado who has not shied away from criticizing Trump.

O’Dea, a construction executive, is running to unseat the battleground state’s Democrat Senator Michael Bennet.

Trump wrote on his Truth Social app that DeSantis’ endorsement was ‘A BIG MISTAKE.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign for comment.

On Sunday, O’Dea’s campaign revealed that the popular Sunshine State governor had recorded a 50-second audio spot endorsing him for Colorado’s Senate seat.

‘Hello this is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. America needs strong leadership and desperately. That’s why I’m endorsing Joe O’Dea for U.S. Senate. Colorado, please vote for Joe O’Dea,’ DeSantis says in the recording.

‘I’ve watched Joe from a distance. And I’m impressed. This guy is not a career politician.’

He goes on to say that Bennet voted with President Joe Biden’s agenda ’98 percent of the time.’

DeSantis also touted O’Dea’s support for building a wall along the southwestern border with Mexico.

It’s a signature idea of Trump’s, though the former president was not mentioned.

‘Joe’s focused on building the wall and cracking down on crime. He’ll stand up to the big spending politicians in both parties and cut red tape,’ DeSantis says in the ad. ‘Vote Joe O’Dea and let’s turn Colorado red.’

O’Dea reacted to DeSantis’ support on Twitter: ‘Governor DeSantis is a fighter — a true leader — who has brought progress and prosperity to Florida. I’m honored to have his support.’

It’s a marked departure than how O’Dea has regarded Trump, who he pledged to ‘actively campaign’ against during a CNN interview earlier this month, should the ex-president run again in 2024.

O’Dea instead suggested candidates like DeSantis, former Trump administration United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

‘They can run and serve for eight years,’ O’Dea said after listing off the trio. ‘I’m gonna do my job as a US senator to make sure that they have good campaigns in the primary here, so we have a good selection of candidates for 2024.’

And while neither Trump nor DeSantis have announced their intent to run, both men have consistently come out on top of early polls of who Republican voters want as their presidential nominee.

Multiple reports suggest Trump has been irate that DeSantis has not ruled out the possibility of challenging him in a primary.

A profile of the Florida governor’s meteoric rise in Vanity Fair revealed that the ex-president branded him as ‘disloyal’ and ‘overrated.’

An excerpt from Maggie Haberman’s book ‘Confidence Man’ published in The Atlantic claimed Trump had called DeSantis ‘fat,’ ‘whiny’ and a ‘phony.’

Trump posted on his Truth Social app Sunday night that DeSantis made 'A BIG MISTAKE' in endorsing O'Dea

Trump posted on his Truth Social app Sunday night that DeSantis made ‘A BIG MISTAKE’ in endorsing O’Dea© Provided by Daily Mail
O'Dea has previously vowed to 'actively campaign' against Trump in 2024 while holding up DeSantis as a potential presidential contender

O’Dea has previously vowed to ‘actively campaign’ against Trump in 2024 while holding up DeSantis as a potential presidential contender© Provided by Daily Mail

 DeSantis’ narrow 2018 victory over ex-Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was widely credited to Trump’s support for his campaign – back when DeSantis was a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Their close relationship fractured as DeSantis’ star grew.

And despite months of holding off on public attacks, DeSantis has savagely locked Trump in private, according to Vanity Fair.

While he’s thus far demurred from presidential speculation, the Sunshine State governor reportedly told donors that he would face a Trump challenge ‘head on.’

‘He calls him a TV personality and a moron who has no business running for president,’ a staffer told the outlet.

The report suggests his plan of attack would largely focus on showing Trump’s broken promises and empty threats as just bluster.

An unnamed Republican source recalled him telling donors, ‘[T]he 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?”‘

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