Mr Peter Crotty, owner of a stall at the above event, also sells T-shirts bearing the image of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is considered Mr Trump’s strongest rival in the Republican Party.
However, Mr. Crotty was forced to drop the price of a T-shirt featuring Governor DeSantis from 25 USD to 5 USD, an 80% reduction. Mr Crotty said he would have to lower prices to clear large amounts of inventory.
This is one of the signs showing the challenges that await Governor DeSantis in the race to become the Republican Party’s 2024 US presidential nominee.
Just 2 months before the nominating voting round, Mr. Trump is enjoying strong support in Florida – his “home state” and Governor DeSantis. This was clearly visible when the crowd at the event on the evening of November 4 continued to cheer when Mr. Trump’s name was mentioned and booed when Mr. Trump was criticized.
“Florida is Mr. Trump’s hometown.” Photo: AP
“We will win the primary election in Florida for the third time in a row and we will achieve a landslide victory in this state next November” – declared former President Trump before being invited to the arena. Many Florida lawmakers stopped supporting Governor DeSantis and started supporting him. Along with former President Trump, they stood beneath a banner that read: “Florida is Mr. Trump’s hometown.”
Observers confirmed this to the news agency AP It is a “show of force” by former President Trump in Florida, where Mr DeSantis became governor in 2018 after being endorsed by Mr Trump.
The two men are increasingly competing, and Governor DeSantis is facing the harsh reality that Mr. Trump has “dominated the national political front of the Republican Party since he began his presidential campaign.” The time was in 2015, when Mr. DeSantis was still an obscure Florida congressman.
Speaking at FRPFS on November 4, former President Trump did not forget to mention Governor DeSantis and the polls that show Governor DeSantis is far behind him across the country.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is considered a serious opponent of former President Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Subsequently, in a sarcastic tone, former President Trump insisted that Governor DeSantis had “begged” for his endorsement in 2018, saying: “I endorsed him and in just 24 hours, he’s like a kite in the wind.” Emerged… now, he is like a wounded bird falling from the sky.”
Also at the above event, former President Trump, Governor DeSantis and other candidates signed documents related to the March 2024 primary election in Florida.
This election only matters if Governor DeSantis or other candidates can reduce Mr. Trump’s strength in the already-nominated early states.