Former President Donald Trump was blasted by some conservatives after a social media post attacking his former Secretary of State Kayleigh McEnany.
Trump shared the words after she reported on the GOP battle between the former president and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 31, 2023
“Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ [sic] McEnany just gave out the wrong poll numbers on FoxNews [sic],” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform, misspelling “milquetoast.”
“I am 34 points up on DeSanctimonious, not 25 up. While 25 is great, it’s not 34,” he added. “She knew the number was corrected upwards by the group that did the poll. The RINOS & Globalists can have her. FoxNews [sic] should only use REAL Stars!!!”
Imagine being so immature as to attack your former press secretary, who was nothing if not loyal, for allegedly misquoting a poll number. pic.twitter.com/7zEiAUnGyx
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 31, 2023
“Attacking Kayleigh McEnany is insane. She was one of the best press secretaries ever,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said Wednesday morning before pointing out that McEnany was ” an analyst now. She doesn’t work for any campaign.”
“Imagine being so immature as to attack your former press secretary, who was nothing if not loyal, for allegedly misquoting a poll number,” tweeted Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.
2024 National Republican Primary
• Trump — 56% (+34)
• DeSantis — 22%
• Pence — 5%
• Haley — 4%
• Ramaswamy — 4%
• T. Scott — 3%
• Cheney — 2%
• Noem — 1%
• Hutchinson — 1%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) May 31, 2023
Trump currently leads DeSantis by 34 points in the latest National Republican poll. It is unclear which poll Trump had in mind in his criticism of McEnany.
While the former president holds a large lead in current polls he continues to largely attack DeSantis, a GOP governor he previously endorsed.
DeSantis has largely avoided direct conflict before his campaign launch. Since his announcement to run for president, he has focused on his Great American Comeback theme targeting Biden rather than Trump.
The latest attack by Trump on McEnany could backfire as he spreads his frustration on a growing number of conservatives. The move further isolates the former president rather than increases his rankings within the party.
The coming weeks will mark an important shift for voters as DeSantis spreads his campaign message and Trump responds, allowing Americans to see how the governor deals with the ongoing attacks from the leaders who previously supported him.