Former President Trump took aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) at a campaign rally on Saturday night, coining the nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious” for the politician widely regarded as Trump’s biggest competition for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Trump called out his potential political rival at Saturday’s rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, while continuing to tease his own run in 2024.
“This is the year we’re going to take the House back. We’re going to take back the Senate. And we’re going to take America back. We’re taking it back,” Trump said. “And in 2024, most importantly, we’re going to take back our beautiful, oh-so-beautiful White House.”
“Everyone, I promise you that in the very, very, very short time you will be so happy,” he added at another point in the rally.
Axios reported Friday that Trump’s team is considering making its presidential bid on Nov. 14, less than a week after voters head to the polls in the midterm elections.
Trump, however, pretty much confirmed his impending announcement, suggesting that he would announce if he didn’t stumped for Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Mehmet Oz and Republican governor candidate Doug Mastriano.
“One of the reasons I don’t want to do that now — because I’d like to — but you know what, and I really mean this, I want the focus tonight to be on Dr. Oz and on Doug Mastiano.”
Most polls show Trump leading DeSantis in a potential matchup for the Republican nomination. However, Florida’s governor remains the biggest threat to the former president, while other potential nominees, such as former Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), appear further behind.
As Trump heads to Miami on Sunday for a meeting with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the former president will keep his distance from DeSantis, who was noticeably not invited to the meeting, Politico reported.
DeSantis will instead attend three of his own rallies on Sunday, as part of a 13-city blitz announced after the Trump rally was scheduled, according to Politico.
Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday competed with a major rally of Democrats, as both President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama descended on the state to support Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman and governor candidate Josh Shapiro. a dead heat, is one of several tight races that could determine control of the upper chamber of Congress.
Updated 10:58 PM.