DON VS RON: Trump Brags He Got More Votes in Florida Than DeSantis, Says Midterm Were Big “Personal Victory”

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Donald Trump is once again going after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a day after the former president’s candidates underperformed in Tuesday’s national elections, resulting in many calling for the GOP to move on from his leadership.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote: “While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory – 219 WINS and 16 Losses in the General – Who has ever done better than that?”

The former president said in another post, “Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 million more votes in Florida that Ron D got this year, 5.7 million to 4.6 million? Just asking?”

While Trump is correct that he got more votes in 2020 than DeSantis in 2022, anyone who knows politics understands that you cannot compare vote totals from a presidential election to a midterm election.

A better metric would be to compare actual vote margins. In 2020, Trump’s vote margin was +3.36%; in 2022, DeSantis’ vote margin was a whopping +19.4%.

The obvious disdain which Trump has for DeSantis over the possibility that the latter might challenge him for the 2024 nomination, comes following a fascinating, though unscientific, survey from Breaking911 on Twitter, which found that 62% of respondents would vote for DeSantis over Trump.

Another poll from the outlet that began today has DeSantis leading Trump 72% to 21% on the question of who lead the GOP going forward. The poll will remain active for nearly the next week, but already has over 37,000 responses.

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  1. Really?! These are “prominent conservatives”?!
    DeSantis gain over 4 years ago is basically the same as Republicans gained in NY in the Hochol-Zeldin race and many other places.
    The absolute reality is, if not for Trump doing a great job for 4 years, Republicans wouldn’t be where they are today, and that’s while being held back and harassed by all these same people! otherwise his presidency would’ve been even better.
    Moving on from Trump would be very foolish for these reasons:
    1. First, Trump is way way better. DeSantis connects with people on a political / policy level, but Trump has a connection with the oilam on a cultural / celebrity level and more. Hard to describe, but it’s pretty evident to see.
    2. On the world stage DeSantis cannot be like Trump. Trump is a personality that the enemies are just scared of not knowing what he’d do next. He can never be bold as Trump, and he’ll “play it safe” to a great degree.
    3. DeSantis, who’s really great as a governor of a swing state, was never tested on the national stage. Let’s be real. He’s being groomed by many wal-street and corporate figures because he’s a way to derail Trump, but once he’s the nominee, to truly be independent and for the people who voted for you is something extremely unique, and Trump proved himself to be just that – with flying colors – that’s why he’s harassed so much.
    If DeSantis would be really acting on his own, he would do what I’m sure he really wants to do, which is right off the bat tell everyone that if Trump runs he isn’t running. But he must be controlled already, in this respect.
    4. By doing that we would be telling the left that all their dirty schtik works on us! The only reason Trump is ‘toxic’ is because of their many many lies and criminal activity (including stealing the election, which is fact), which not only they’re not sitting in jail for, but they’re reaping gains from it, even among ‘conservatives’…
    And don’t kid yourself. The minute DeSantis IS the guy, if he truly is even a little conservative as Trump, the media will find controversy after controversy. They can easily make him forget his name, and you people will then look to move on further, not realizing the left is laughing at their success.

  2. When Zelden asked Hochal during the debate “why is she talking about Trump?” she knew exactly what she was saying. There are four words that resonate with democrats and liberals STOLEN ELECTION and JANUARY 6. I know and you know Biden did not win the election but there comes a time when you have to say, am I losing more than I’m gaining. Trump put out a video during the summer – A collage of about 50 democrats who were videoed saying that various elections over a period of about 10 years were stolen, or not fair. The difference is all those democrats said their piece but moved on. Trump is still at it two years later My prediction What happened to Antiyochus will happen to Trump. A few diehards will stick with him, but most will move to Desantis and let Trump rant to the wind. I truly feel bad for him because if would’ve lowered his ego just a drop he could have been on top of the world now.

  3. great words above… one can sway me from Trump…can’t vote but I can see….can feel truth…..Trump is our best solution always…like BIBI… lets get the show on the road and do some good

  4. Yasher Koach YWN. Thank you for your free publicity for Trump. That’s exactly what he wants, that’s exactly what he’s getting. Free air time. The media will be responsible for Trump’s nomination because that’s what sells. The main thing is to sell and the country can go to…

  5. What garbage. Someone please tell djt that midterm turnouts are ALWAYS way lower. Also, just take the L. I don’t know a single person looking forward to hearing his “big announcement” next week. We want him and his midterm problem to go away. He can cheer from the sidelines, but he’s not a kingmaker clearly.

  6. Talk of DeSantis as the next president is irrelevant because Trump, who cares only about himself and his kavod would never allow it to happen. After all the reason the Republicans didn’t win the senate in 2020 was because in his speeches at rallies for the senate elections in Georgia instead of speaking about the importance of voting he instead felt it was more important for him to speak about how “the system is rigged”. This was despite being warned that saying that will result in his followers not going out to vote. And this was exactly what happened and as a result the Republicans lost the senate. So he will challenge DeSantis in the primaries and if he loses to him he will run as a third party candidate even though this means the Democrat will win. He will do this because, as he has already showed, he doesn’t care an iota about the country or his party, the only thing this mushchas is capable of caring about is himself and his kavod. And so if he loses to DeSantis his only concern will be that the guy who beat him not become president.

  7. Having Trump as an opponent is easy. No need for smear campaigns or to embarrass him. He does it for you…

    While I love his energy and policy among other qualities he offers, I feel that no American should support someone who is a name-caller or has an ego that always comes before anything else.

    He’s a deranged old man and if he’d be in school today, he’d be diagnosed with all sorts of ABC’s…