In a show of Republican Party unity, former President Donald Trump confirmed that he voted for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Tuesday’s midterm election, noting that today will be a “very exciting day” for Republicans.
In recent days, Trump has entered into a war of words with DeSantis, calling him “stupid” for endorsing a candidate in Colorado and referring to him as “Ron DeSanctimonious,” during his rally last Saturday.
Trump’s criticisms of DeSantis have drawn criticism from within the party: “What an idiot,” wrote Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The American Conservative. “DeSantis is a far more effective leader of the Right than Trump was, if, that is, you expect a leader to get a lot done, rather than just talking about it and owning the libs.”
Today, however, on the day of the midterm elections, the rhetoric was toned-down, and both Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) made statements depicting a united front.
On Tuesday morning, Trump and his wife Melania voted in Palm Beach, Florida. In his brief remarks outside the polling center, he said he expects Republicans to “win Congress” and “start tackling crime across the country” and “keep taxes low.”
“I think we’re gonna have a great night,” Trump told reporters. “I think it’s gonna be great to the country. It’s an honor to be here. They’ve done a fantastic job, but I think we’re gonna have a very big night, and it’s gonna be very exciting.”
McCarthy, who expects to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House if Republicans win the majority of seats, reported today that Republicans will “focus on repealing plans to add 87,000 new agents to the IRS, as well as open investigations into President Biden’s administration,” according to Fox News.
“The one thing you always have to remember is majorities are not given — they’re earned,” McCarthy told Fox News Digital last week. “We never take anything for granted, but I feel good because of the quality of the candidates we have running from Rhode Island to New Hampshire to Connecticut to Oregon to Washington to Arizona to California.”
McCarthy added: “There is no place we can’t compete, and that’s what is exciting.”
On Monday, Trump teased that he would make a “big announcement” next week from his home Mar-a-Lago. Many anticipate Trump will formally announce his plans to run for president in 2024.
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