Former President Trump harshly criticized former Trump administration press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for her comments on Fox News, as was reported by The Hill.
Trump accused her of providing the “wrong” poll numbers while reporting on the 2024 Republican presidential race, where Trump is widely thought to be the front-runner. Trump objected to McEnany's assertion that he was only up by 25 points in the polls when, according to Trump, he is actually up by 34 points.
“Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ McEnany just gave out the wrong poll numbers on FoxNews. I am 34 points up on DeSanctimonious, not 25 up,” Trump said in a Truth Social post, using his nickname for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
“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 should only use REAL Stars!!!”
After Florida's governor formally declared his quest for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination last week, McEnany, now a co-anchor on Fox News' "Outnumbered," told presenter Jesse Waters on Tuesday night that polls in Iowa showed DeSantis "closing the gap" on the former president.
Trump's and McEnany's poll of choice was not immediately apparent. According to a recent poll conducted in Iowa by Emerson College Polling, the former president enjoys a 42-point advantage against DeSantis.
Outside of Des Moines on Tuesday, DeSantis rallied his fans as he began a four-day campaign tour through Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Later this week, Trump will visit the Hawkeye State.
"FoxNews is really pushing De Sanctimonious," Trump said in another post. "He can’t win!"
American conservative television and radio host, Wayne Allyn Root, weighed in on the contest between the two Republican darlings, saying that for the sake of the nation and the Republican party, DeSantis should "stand down."
"Yes, it’s true I’ve been one of the most dedicated, passionate and loyal Trump supporters in the country for eight years now (since even before he came down that escalator in June 2015). So, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased," Root said. "I’m MAGA, America First, and Trump 47 all the way.
"But interestingly, I’m not anti-DeSantis. I like Ron DeSantis. I think he’s the best Governor in America," Root went on, talking about the candidates. "All of that is well and good. But he won’t beat Trump. He has no chance. Zero. It’s a suicide run. By running against Trump now, he will have to go negative about Trump, and thereby turn off enough Trump supporters to never be the 2028 nominee."
Root went on to talk about the many good things Trump has done, as reasons for his unfaltering support: "He fought for the middle class. He brought manufacturing back to America. He made energy cheap and plentiful.
"He cut taxes and regulations. He created a roaring stock market. He produced the lowest black and Latino unemployment in history. He produced the greatest middle class income growth in modern history. He won the trade war with China.
"Trump also stood behind Israel like no president in history. He destroyed ISIS in a matter of weeks. Oh, and one other little thing: There was peace around the globe under Trump."