Donald Trump criticizes Ron DeSantis for the death toll from COVID-19 in Florida

FFormer President Donald Trump has continued to target Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Trump is now criticizing the Florida governor for his handling of COVID-19.

Trump said in a video that once the “facts come out” about DeSantis, voters would see that he was superior to most Democratic governors, but that he was “very average, at best” by comparison. with Republican governors. The video was uploaded a day after DeSantis announced Wednesday that he would run for president in 2024.


“How about the fact that it had the third most deaths of any state related to the China or COVID virus?” Trump said in a video uploaded to his Truth Social account.

“Even [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo did better. It was number 4. He closed everything, including the beaches. Other Republican governors did not do that. They kept it open. It was his choice. I gave everyone the choice of him. The Democrats did it in a big way: many Republican governors did a fantastic job.”

It is not the first time that Trump has targeted DeSantis for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He criticized DeSantis on the issue in January for imposing a stay-at-home order during the height of the pandemic in 2020. DeSantis played down Trump’s criticism, pointing to his strong performance in the 2022 midterm elections as evidence that the Voters approved of his performance. as governor

The former president also criticized DeSantis in his video for his feud with the Walt Disney Company, saying the Florida governor “could have cut an easy deal” but that DeSantis wanted to “show fake news how tough he is.”

“Now thousands and thousands of jobs are being stopped, and a lot of people are very upset about it,” Trump said, apparently referencing Disney’s decision to cancel a planned corporate campus in central Florida, which would have relocated nearly 2,000 jobs. from California to Florida. .

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Former President Donald Trump’s video of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is his latest move against his biggest opponent for the 2024 Republican nominee.

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DeSantis is the latest Republican to join the 2024 presidential race, joining the likes of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) in the race for the GOP nomination. The Florida governor is considered by many to be Trump’s biggest challenger for the nomination.

In Iowa, a poll found Trump leading DeSantis by 42 percentage points with 62% of the vote, while DeSantis had 20% of the vote. The poll, conducted by Emerson College Polling, was conducted Friday through Monday, just days before Scott and DeSantis launched their presidential campaigns on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.