Last updated on May 31st, 2023 at 01:39 am
Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and a potential 2024 presidential candidate faced disruption during his speech at the Amos Tuck Dinner, a Republican Party fundraising event in New Hampshire, on Friday, April 14. Two women from the organization IfNotNow stormed the stage and shouted “Jews against DeSantis” as they were being removed by security. They also attempted to unravel a sign while standing behind the governor. The organization called DeSantis an antisemite and pointed out his refusal to denounce white supremacist supporters and alliances with Christian nationalists.
During a speech by Florida Governor DeSantis, Two women were dissatisfied with him, and they made their voices heard. The reason for their unhappiness? DeSantis had attended a party to raise funds for his election campaign, while floods were occurring in Broward County.
This incident highlights an ongoing debate in politics – the balance between political fundraising and the need to address pressing social issues. In the case of DeSantis, these women believed that he was neglecting the critical issues in Broward County and focusing solely on his political ambitions. They felt that he was being careless and ignoring the needs of the community he represents. Whether or not their views are justified is up for debate, but it does highlight the tension between political fundraising and addressing pressing social issues.
DeSantis has been ramping up his out-of-state travel ahead of his expected presidential campaign announcement. He visited Ohio for a GOP fundraiser on Thursday and addressed Liberty University in Virginia on Friday, the same day as the incident in New Hampshire. Trump and DeSantis-aligned super PACs have already begun airing attack ads on each other’s candidate, and Trump has scheduled an event in downtown Manchester on April 27 next week, the location of DeSantis’ disruption.
With the 2024 presidential election on the horizon, the number of supporters backing Donald Trump is growing at an unprecedented rate. Last Tuesday, Two Florida congressmen, John Rutherford, and Brian Mast, publicly endorsed Trump’s candidacy for the presidency. Currently, seven Florida congressmen have pledged their support for Trump’s 2024 bid. As this wave of endorsements continues to grow, it poses a challenge for Ron DeSantis and his own potential 2024 campaign aspirations.
Rep. Lance Gooden endorses Donald Trump for a potential presidential bid in 2024 and said that Trump is the only leader who can save America from leftist ideologies.
“I met with Governor DeSantis, and while he has done commendable work in Florida, there is no doubt in my mind that President Trump is the only leader who can save America from the leftist onslaught we are currently facing,” Gooden said in a statement after “careful consideration” of the race.
Gooden joins a growing number of Republican lawmakers who have endorsed Trump, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has seen only a few endorsements from Florida House Republicans. Trump has support from nine Republican senators and over three dozen House GOP members, while DeSantis has not yet announced his candidacy. Several GOP lawmakers, including three senators, attended DeSantis’ meet-and-greet event near the U.S. Capitol, but few have stated they would endorse him for president. Trump remains the frontrunner in polls for the 2024 GOP nomination, despite his criminal indictment in New York over hush money payments.
A Morning Consult poll released this week showed that Trump has a 33-point lead over DeSantis in 2024 GOP primary polls. DeSantis still polls behind Trump nationally, despite the ex-president’s 34-count indictment in New York for falsifying business records. A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the indictment found Trump leading DeSantis by 58% to 21% among Republican voters, a gain of 10 percentage points from a week earlier. A Yahoo News/YouGov survey taken in March showed Trump with a 57% to 31% advantage over DeSantis among Republican voters.
In the latest New Hampshire Institute of Politics poll, Trump leads with 42% of intending voters in the Republican presidential primary, followed by DeSantis at 29%, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu at 14%, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley at 4%, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy at 3%.
Ron DeSantis faced disruption and criticism from protesters during a fundraising event in New Hampshire. While he has been traveling out of state and increasing his public profile, polls continue to show him trailing behind former President Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination.