It looks like Donald Trump was within the temper to gossip on Monday.
The former president used his platform Truth Social to share some “rumors” about Republican rival Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), not lengthy earlier than studying his Washington, D.C., trial is ready to start out the day earlier than Super Tuesday main voting.
“Rumors are strong in political circles that Ron DeSanctimonious, whose Presidential run is a shambles, and whose poll numbers have absolutely crashed, putting him 3rd and 4th in some states, will be dropping out of the Presidential race in order to run, in Florida, against Rick Scott for Senate. Now that’s an interesting one, isn’t it?” he posted.
DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin painted Trump’s rumor-mongering as a weak intimidation tactic, telling The Messenger, “They know this is a two-man race, and we will carry this on to a win in this presidential primary.”
“Instead of pushing fake news from New Jersey, the Trump campaign should be focused on getting their candidate on the campaign trail in Iowa and on the debate stage before it’s too late.”
While DeSantis’ ballot numbers are nonetheless trailing behind Trump, his delicate look on the first Republican presidential main debate offered a small bump in assist.
According to a ballot from Emerson College launched on Monday, DeSantis’ share of possible Republican voters inched up from 10% to 12% after.
Meanwhile, the variety of possible voters supporting Trump dipped by 6% following his choice to skip the talk.
Additional August polls from Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania and South Carolina every confirmed DeSantis continues to be technically Trump’s closest competitors, at the very least by the numbers.
Primary campaigning is also a logistically battle for the politician, who will probably be juggling court docket dates in 4 separate legal instances.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan set Trump’s Washington, D.C., trial date for March 4, 2024, simply at some point earlier than voters in 15 states decide their main candidate.
Trump’s authorized crew beforehand requested for the trial to start out in April 2026, practically 1 1/2 years after the following presidential election will probably be determined.