Former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is well-known for holding a grudge and valuing loyalty, warned Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) that endorsing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would mark the “end of her career.”
The expected DeSantis endorsement will be a blow to Trump, as he previously endorsed her and Iowa is a key state in the primary runoff season.
Trump criticized Reynolds in July for her lack of support, writing on Truth Social: “I opened up the Governor position for Kim Reynolds, & when she fell behind, I ENDORSED her, did big Rallies, & she won. Now, she wants to remain ‘NEUTRAL.’ I don’t invite her to events! DeSanctus down 45 points!”
Reynolds’ endorsement would violate the unwritten code of conduct regarding the governor remaining neutral ahead of its caucuses, which launch the Republican nominating process.
The Associated Press reported that “DeSantis has pinned his chances of emerging as an alternative to Trump alternative squarely on Iowa.” Reynolds is a popular two-term governor — winning Iowa would energize DeSantis’ faltering campaign.
Taking to his Truth Social platform to vent his frustration, Trump wrote: “If and when Kim Reynolds of Iowa endorses Ron DeSanctimonious, who is absolutely dying in the polls both in Iowa and Nationwide, it will be the end of her political career in that MAGA would never support her again, just as MAGA will never support DeSanctimonious again.”
Trump added: “Two extremely disloyal people getting together is, however, a very beautiful thing to watch. They can now remain loyal to each other because nobody else wants them!!!”
Trump’s warning salvo follows a Sunday report in The Associated Press announcing Reynolds would soon formally endorse DeSantis. In recent weeks, Reynolds has introduced DeSantis at key political events in Iowa and shared the spotlight with Florida’s first lady Casey DeSantis.
Reynolds plans to announce her support behind DeSantis at a Des Moines rally after previously indicating that she would remain neutral in the Republican primaries and caucuses.
The endorsement would break with the tradition of the governor of the Hawkeye State remaining neutral ahead of its caucuses, which mark the start of the Republican nominating process.
Trump continues to maintain a strong lead in all polls, with a recent Iowa survey showing Trump at 43 percent and DeSantis and Haley tied for second at 16 percent.
Many believe Reynolds will formally endorse DeSantis later today.
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