After most of the midterm elections concluded, Donald Trump turned to the social media platform Truth Social to criticize Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who many speculate will be competing with Trump for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential election. He also targeted Virginia Governor Glenn Younkin (R), who could throw his hat in the ring for the presidential elections as well.

On Thursday, Trump posted a lengthy message on Truth Social, nicknaming DeSantis “DeSanctimonious.” He diminished DeSantis’ handling of Covid and insisted that he is responsible for the Republican governor’s success. Trump said,

“Now that the midterms are over, and a success…

NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average – middle of the pack – including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!

Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017 – he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers. Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, “Let’s give it a shot, Ron.” When I Endorsed him it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off. Years later, they were the exact words that Adam Putnam used in describing Ron’s Endorsement. He said, “I went from having it made, with no competition, to immediately getting absolutely clobbered after your Endorsement.” I then got Ron by the “Star” of the Democrat Party, Andrew Gillum (who was later revealed to be a “Crack Head”), by having two massive Rallies with tens fo thousands of people at each one.

I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart. I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, jus prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen. And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he’s going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, “I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.” Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer…

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This is just like 2015 and 2016, a Media Assault (Colusion!), when Fox News fought me to the end until I won, and then they couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. The Wall Street Journal loved Low Energy Jeb Bush, and a succession of other people as they rapidly disappeared from sight, finally falling in line with me after I easily knocked them out, one by one. We’re in exactly the same position now. They will keep coming after us, MAGA, but ultimately, we will win. Put America First and, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

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On Friday morning, Trump posted about Youngkin, pointing out how much he helped the Virginia governor win the election, and how Youngkin “couldn’t have come close to winning” without his help.

“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me. I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him – or he couldn’t have come close to winning. But he knows that, and admits it. Besides, having a hard time with the Dems in Virginia – But he’ll get it done!”

People had mixed thoughts on Trump’s Truth Social posts, some thinking that he was trying to manipulate the Left-wing media to side with the two Republican lawmakers, then turn around and make one his Vice President for the 2024 presidential campaign.

Others criticized Trump for his behavior, labeling it as “weak” and “childish.”

Political commentator and podcast host Tim Pool, a former Liberal, tweeted, “trump crying about desantis right now on truth social makes him look weak af”

Conservative Author and Editor-in-Chief of The Florida Standard Will Witt posted his thoughts to social media regarding Trump’s controversial statements, saying that is acting like a “child” and is overly concerned with his ego.

Witt starts off his video by giving Trump credit for the things he’s done for the Republican party, and affirms that he does, in fact, like Trump.

“This entire Conservative movement would be non-existent if it wasn’t for Donald Trump,” said Witt. “But we should also be able to all come out and admit that this latest statement from Donald Trump makes him look like an absolute child.”

Addressing Trump directly, Witt continued, saying, “If you wanted to fight Ron DeSantis, and you wanted to get that primary spot… this is not the way to do it. You should out-maneuver him, you should outsmart him, not act like an insecure girl on a Truth Social post.”

“This is not the way you win the hearts and minds of America. This is not the way that you fix a country that is in a complete crisis right now,” he added.

On the other side of the issue is Trump supporter Erich Derbsch, whose post on Truth Social was “ReTruthed” by Trump. Derbesch wrote,

“Trump masterfully started this fake ‘fight’ with DeSantis to reveal the Deep State RINO scum and their puppets. Brilliant move! Now we see who is truly for the people and who is for the DC Swamp. Trump 2024!!! MAGA”

Some suggest that Trump should get another term in office, DeSantis should back off, and then he can step in after Trump’s second term is over.

Others don’t see any hidden message or incentive in Trump’s post. They agree that DeSantis owes his success to Trump and shouldn’t challenge him for the presidency out of respect.

One Truth Social user wrote a script for “what Ron DeSantis should say next time he’s asked if he’d run against Trump”:

“No, I would absolutely never run against Donald. Donald stepped up for me in 2018 when I was losing massively in Polls to fellow Republican Adam Putnam during Primaries. I wouldn’t even be standing here talking to you today if it weren’t for Donald Trump, and for that, I am forever grateful. If Donald does decide to run, I will return the favor by giving him my full support and total endorsement while helping campaign!”

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