Donald Trump is not happy with how fast Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is bouncing back after the glitchy Twitter launch of his presidential campaign.
Despite the initial setback, DeSantis made numerous media appearances and managed to bring in a significant fundraising haul, showcasing the strength of his campaign and his resilience as a candidate.
DeSantis is positioning himself to the political right of Donald Trump, aiming to appeal to the hyper-conservative base. He supports more stringent policies, including a six-week abortion ban considered "too harsh" by some Republicans.
DeSantis also criticized Trump's support for providing amnesty to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants and contrasted his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic with the former president's approach. Despite these differences, DeSantis remains cautious not to alienate Trump's loyal supporters, emphasizing his appreciation for Trump's accomplishments, notably in the economy.
A significant advantage DeSantis holds is his fundraising prowess. He boasts over $80 million in a state account, and his supporting super PAC, Never Back Down, has reportedly raised at least $33 million. In the first 24 hours after his Twitter launch, DeSantis' team announced that he had collected an additional $8.2 million. His strong financial backing has allowed him to gain endorsements and deploy canvassers in early-voting states such as New Hampshire and Iowa.
Growing conservative support
DeSantis has been selective with media appearances, engaging with Republican-friendly outlets such as Fox News and Newsmax. This strategy has led to predominantly positive coverage and compliments for his leadership in Florida.
DeSantis even pleaded his will to destroy the left and leftism in America, pulling his supporter into tribalism and pushing a narrative of Us v. Them.
Despite his strategic maneuvering and policy acumen, DeSantis occasionally reveals his awkwardness in casual conversation, which could impact his connection with voters. When asked by a radio host to follow him on Twitter, DeSantis responded vaguely, illustrating that the personal touch often present in politics is not his strong suit.
In conclusion, DeSantis' campaign has shown resilience, strategic positioning, significant fundraising capability, and a preference for friendly media. However, his ability to personally connect with voters may be a potential area for improvement.
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