Former President Donald Trump slammed Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Sunday for her support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after the two launched a DeSantis campaign HQ the day Trump conducted a rally in the state.
Trump first put up a meme video of Reynolds extolling him in the past on his Truth Social media account on Sunday, along with a mocking message thanking Reynolds for being loyal.
Reynolds endorsed DeSantis for president two weeks ago.
Trump wrote that even though Reynolds backs Ron DeSanctimonious, who’s over 50 points behind Trump in the polls, it didn’t give him any “bounce.” He wondered what kind of job Reynolds was guaranteed in exchange for her support of someone who was doing so poorly.
According to a report, the announcement that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds would be backing rival Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination in 2024 generated a lot of media attention.
However, the potential significance of Reynolds’ support has been greatly overblown. The caucuses are unlikely to be affected by this. Voters in Iowa likely don’t feel they need to depend on outside expertise when determining caucus victors.
Bob Vander Plaats, a prominent evangelical leader in Iowa, expectedly endorsed DeSantis for president last week. Vander Plaats declared in a FOX interview that he was happy to back the Florida governor.
Vander Plaats revealed on national television less than 24 hours later that groups affiliated with DeSantis gave $95,000 to his Family Leader Foundation before the endorsement.
According to a report, DeSantis and supporting organizations received three pages of ads in a brochure distributed at the July meeting attended by two thousand Christian conservatives, plus admissions to lunch, the summit, and the after-dinner program.
Vander Plaats scoffed at the so-called payments at the time, saying they weren’t even remotely enough for the chance to participate in a conference of that kind.
His only regret was that he hadn’t charged more than $95,000 for what amounted to a sponsorship to the DeSantis camp.