DeSantis Ramps Up Attacks On Trump

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Republican presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) recently switched his campaign strategy which resulted in him calling out former President Donald Trump during the 2024 second primary debate.

During the debate, DeSantis stated that it was necessary to change the way leadership in Washington was working. As he pointed out both President Joe Biden and Trump were missing in action. Specifically about Trump, he argued that he should have been on the debate stage that night and that he owes it to the people to be in attendance.

He then called out Trump for not participating in order to defend his record in office and how he added $7.8 trillion to the U.S. debt which is what led to the current rates of inflation.

For months DeSantis has followed an entirely different strategy avoiding making mentions of Trump, especially by name, while he tries to win support for his presidential campaign. After the presidential debate, DeSantis’ campaign team released a statement noting that DeSantis had cranked “up the heat on Trump” with his recent attacks.

In the California GOP convention last week DeSantis once again spoke about Trump, but he did not directly call him out in the way that he had done during the debate. Instead, he just mentioned that while Trump was in leadership many formerly red states became blue.

This change in strategy marks DeSantis’ latest attempt to gain traction for his campaign. While in late March polling had shown DeSantis to be 15 points behind the former President he is now 43 points behind.

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