Trump campaign team torches Gov. DeSantis over recent admission

 July 17, 2023

Former President Donald Trump and his 2024 campaign team aren't holding anything back in going after its top opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). 

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump's "War Room" team torched DeSantis after he admitted that his post-midterm polling bump was a political "sugar-high."

The "War Room" Twitter account posted a video of the clip in which DeSantis tells Fox News host Howard Kurtz about the "sugar-high."

Trump's team has hammered the DeSantis campaign in recent weeks on several hot-button issues.

The admission

"I had gotten a lot of coverage in the aftermath of the midterm election; we always knew with these national polls that that was a sugar-high," DeSantis told Kurtz.

"WATCH: Ron DeSanctimonious admits his post-midterm polling was only a "sugar high." Welcome back to reality!" Trump's team tweeted.

DeSantis, who hasn't received much in the way of positive campaign news recently, suggested that national polls aren't important at this time, adding that his team isn't "too concerned" about the current numbers.

The Examiner noted:

The Florida governor was speaking to Trump’s significant lead in the polls compared to other GOP presidential candidates. A RealClearPolitics analysis of recent polls shows Trump leading in all of them, with an RCP average of 53%. He holds a 32.4% lead against DeSantis, who polls at 20.6%.

All other GOP candidates — such as former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy — poll at single digits in most polls and have yet to break into double digits.

Trump has trounced DeSantis in Florida-specific polls, putting DeSantis's campaign team to the test as the 2024 election season heats up.

Social media reacts

Trump's campaign team generated a mountain of responses from Trump supporters who don't believe DeSantis has a fighting chance at this point.

"It's not just a sugar high. They got beat substantially strategically," one Twitter user wrote.

Another Twitter user added, "He just doesn’t connect with voters."

While there are multiple high-profile GOP candidates in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination, most of them barely register in the polling at the current time, but as we've learned in previous elections, that can change in a heartbeat. It'll be fascinating to see if any of the other candidates has what it takes to overtake DeSantis as Trump's top opponent.

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