In a recent post on his Truth Social platform, former President Donald Trump criticized Fox News for featuring three representative voters on the show, suggesting that the network intentionally excluded a supporter of his. Trump claimed that one of the featured voters was in support of President Joe Biden, another for an unidentified figure referred to as “Birdbrain,” and the third for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom Trump humorously called “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
Trump asserted that considering his lead over Biden by 11 points according to The Washington Post and a substantial lead over other Republicans by more than 50 points, Fox News must have worked diligently not to find a supporter of Trump. The post reflects Trump’s ongoing critique of media outlets, particularly Fox News, and his belief in a bias against him.
FoxNews worked hard today, and were able to find 3 representative voters to go on the show. One was for Crooked Joe, where the person found nothing mentally wrong with him. Another was for Birdbrain, and the 3rd for Ron DeSanctimonious. Considering that I’m leading Biden by 11…
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) November 19, 2023
According to Mediaite, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential hopeful, criticized former President Donald Trump in a recent interview, specifically targeting Trump’s failure to fulfill campaign promises related to immigration. During the interview with KCCI in Des Moines, Iowa, DeSantis responded to a question from an undecided Republican primary voter about how he would ensure the construction of a border wall paid for by Mexico.
“Yeah, look, I mean, that was one of the most famous campaign promises anyone’s ever made,” DeSantis responded. “Now he’s been in Iowa just in the last month saying, well, there was no legal mechanism he could get Mexico to pay. That wasn’t what he said in 2016. I was at those rallies. He was very clear.
He’s also now said that he only promised that Mexico would pay for a piece of the wall. I don’t ever remember him saying that,” he added. “I think it’s because he got distracted when he got into office. What did he do his first full day in office? He was arguing with the media about the crowd size at his inauguration. I will be focused and I will be disciplined.”
DeSantis remarked that Trump’s promise to have Mexico pay for the border wall was one of the most famous campaign promises ever made. He went on to claim that Trump, during recent appearances in Iowa, had shifted his stance, stating that there was no legal mechanism to make Mexico pay, contrary to his clear statements in 2016.
The Florida governor asserted that Trump’s failure to deliver on promises was due to distractions and a lack of focus. DeSantis pointed to Trump’s early days in office, highlighting the former president’s engagement in disputes with the media and his fixation on the size of the inauguration crowd as examples of undisciplined governance.
DeSantis also disputed Trump’s recent assertion that he only promised that Mexico would pay for a portion of the wall, expressing skepticism about this claim and emphasizing his commitment to focus and discipline if elected.
As DeSantis positions himself as a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, his criticism of Trump’s leadership style and policy outcomes indicates potential fractures within the GOP as various candidates jockey for support and differentiation in the crowded political landscape. Despite DeSantis’s efforts, Trump maintains a substantial lead in polls, according to Real Clear Politics.