FORMER President Donald Trump looked very different on the golf course as he lashed out at 2024 presidential rival Ron DeSantis.
As candidates gear up for the much-anticipated race, all eyes are on the Republican Party to see who will be their pick to go up against President Joe Biden.
Florida Governor DeSantis is expected to become one of Trump’s biggest challengers for the party’s nomination next year.
When stopped on a Virginia golf course for a quick chat about his past ally this week, the former president doubled down on a label he has given the governor for months.
DeSantis is “not loyal”, he said.
And when he was asked which of the two has a better golf game, the answer was unequivocal – “mine,” he said, after noting his putts were “great” that day.
Trump and DeSantis have publicly backed each other for years, and DeSantis was one of the first influential politicians to support Trump’s bogus claims of voter fraud during the 2020 election.
But the Florida governor has steadily become a household name in the US.
And DeSantis officially announced his intention to run in 2024 this week on Twitter, with Elon Musk, during a live discussion.
“I think he had a rough opening,” Trump told NewsNation when asked about DeSantis’s announcement online, which faced numerous technical glitches.
Although the news did not come as a surprise, the announcement will allow DeSantis to kickstart his fundraising efforts and lay out his plans for the campaign trail.
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign plans are overshadowed by headlines about his indictment in New York on 34 charges that include sexual misconduct and paying hush money to cover up his crimes.
On the blue side of the aisle, Biden will almost certainly secure the nomination for the Democratic Party as the sitting president with a significant lead over primary challengers, reported CNN.
Biden has already announced his intention to lead the party to another victory next year, all but securing his party’s support.
With President Biden at 80 years old and former President Trump at 76, some voters welcome the idea of a viable candidate like DeSantis who is significantly younger at 44.
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