Former President Donald Trump wished his opponent Sen. Tim Scott “good luck” in his presidential bid after Scott launched his 2024 campaign on Monday, but his ostensibly warm welcome came with the shooting of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – widely considered to be Trump’s biggest challenger. into the Republican candidacy — by saying Scott is a “big move” from DeSantis in a post on Truth Social.
On the same Monday morning post, Trump said DeSantis — who has been dubbed “Ron DeSanctimonious” — is “absolutely unelectable.”
DeSantis, who is not yet in the race, is 42 percentage points behind Trump in the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, May 19. Scott had 1% support in this poll prior to his announcement.
Welcoming Scott to the GOP primary, Trump said the two had worked together on the “very successful” Opportunity Districts, an initiative from 2017 that allowed governors to pick economically distressed communities that are “ripe for investment” and tie them to a federal tax incentive “to drive private investment.” .
Scott is campaigning with a more optimistic approach than the other candidates so far and highlighting his Christian faith.
Scott was endorsed by Sen. John Thune (RS.D), the #2 Republican in the Senate, and Sen. Mike Rounds (RS.D), making him the only GOP candidate other than Trump to have endorsements from Republicans. Senators.
This is not the first time Trump has appeared to support one of his opponents. Trump welcomed former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to the pool of Republican nominees after she announced her campaign in February, telling Fox News the “more the merrier” in the race and that he was “thrilled she’s running.” Recently, on May 5, Trump took to his social platform to say he was happy with how well businessman Vivek Ramaswamy fared in the latest GOP primary poll. “He’s attached to Mike Pence, and looks like he’s on his way to catching Ron D. Sanctimonius,” Trump wrote, adding, “The thing I love about Vivek is that he has nothing but good things to say about President Trump, and everything that the Trump administration has done so successfully.” Some have since speculated that Trump did it to create fear among DeSantis supporters by misfiring that Ramaswamy was catching up to DeSantis, though DeSantis had 22% support in that poll and Ramaswamy’s support increased to just 5%. Trump has consistently ranked higher than any other Republican challenger in recent months, hovering around 50% of approval in national polls of Republican voters. With the exception of DeSantis, who polls consistently around 20%, no Republican candidate — or potential candidate — has reached double digits in the polling numbers, CNN reported.
After Scott announced his presidential bid on Friday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk — who previously voted for Democratic candidates —chirp Scott’s video, adding, “Awesome statement.” musk chirp Last November, he said he would support DeSantis’ presidential candidacy, but the billionaire hasn’t officially endorsed any candidate yet.
What to watch
DeSantis is expected to announce his 2024 presidential campaign this week.
2024 GOP presidential contenders: South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott announces his candidacy (Forbes)
The obvious reason Trump is praising Vivek Ramaswamy (Washington Post)
Vivek Ramaswamy wants to be the next Trump: the younger and the right (Axios)
Musk praises Tim Scott’s presidential campaign message, prompting speculation: Who will return? (Forbes)