Posted For: MugsMalone
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.