Trump is really criticizing DeSantis’ policies,In the midst of a barrage of insults

According to a analysis of the former president’s remarks since he declared his candidacy for president, Donald Trump is pursuing a surprisingly policy-heavy strategy to harm his closest Republican rival Ron DeSantis before he enters the presidential race amidst the headline-grabbing insults and name-calling.

The Florida governor has been the subject of 40% of Trump’s criticism, which has been on topics including Social Security, the Medicare health program for senior citizens operated by the government, foreign policy, and DeSantis’ performance in office.

According to David Gergen, a nonpartisan analyst who has provided advice to one Democratic and three Republican presidents, “this time it’s clear that Trump is changing the way he does this by hitting harder on the policy stuff,”

According to a analysis of Trump’s statements on his Truth Social platform, his emails, significant speeches, media interviews, and campaign press releases, he has launched at least 242 attacks against declared and potential rivals for the party’s nomination since he announced his White House bid on Nov. 15.

DeSantis, who has not declared his candidacy but is anticipated to do so by June, has received 216 attacks, the vast majority of which have been directed at him.

The federal pension system known as Social Security and Medicare have been the principal targets of Trump’s criticism. The investigation found that since November, Trump has attacked DeSantis 43 times on those issues, with the criticism growing more frequent since March, accusing him repeatedly of wanting to “destroy” such advantages.

Using one of the nicknames he has for the governor, Trump declared at a rally in New Hampshire on April 27: “Unlike Ron DeSanctus… I will always protect Social Security and Medicare for our great seniors.”

The programs should not be discussed in debt limit negotiations between Republicans and the White House, according to DeSantis and congressional Republican leaders, but the Trump campaign has capitalized on DeSantis’ votes during his time as a representative between 2013 and 2018.

DeSantis cast multiple votes during that time period in favor of converting Medicare into a system where seniors would receive assistance in purchasing their own insurance and progressively raising the eligibility age for Social Security benefits from 65 to 70.

At the time, Republican doctrine was to cut back on entitlement expenditures. Because so many Americans rely on Social Security and Medicare, party leaders and a majority of Republican supporters are now opposed to altering the programs.

Trump himself advocated for extending the Social Security eligibility age to 70 in a book published in 2000, according to DeSantis, who was interviewed on the conservative Newsmax cable network on May 8th. DeSantis emphasized in the interview that no modifications had been proposed that would affect “current senior citizens.”

The policy-heavy approach, according to Jason Miller, a senior adviser on Trump’s campaign, aimed to link the governor to the so-called establishment Republicans that the president’s base, a group of steadfast supporters made up largely of white working-class voters, despises while drawing comparisons between the former president and DeSantis on entitlement spending and other policies.

Miller remarked, “It shows how he would rule in Washington.” “The Republican Party of today and the voters who will elect our next president are at odds with Ron DeSantis’ record in Washington.”

DeSantis has generally failed to counter Trump’s verbal barrage thus far. According to two political observers, the former president’s early, significant lead in the Republican primary polls may be due to that inaction.

Republican strategist John Feehery suggested that Trump’s strategy would be successful in winning over elderly Republican primary voters who significantly rely on both programs. According to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, 56% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters in the 2020 presidential election were over 50, up from 39% in 1996.

When prompted to respond to Trump’s criticism, DeSantis’s staff members refrained from taking direct aim at the outgoing president. Speaking on behalf of the governor, Dave Abrams issued a statement in which he claimed that “false Democrat attacks” would not deter him from” continuing to deliver unprecedented successes for the conservative movement.”

When DeSantis enters the race, aides to the governor predict that he will garner support and close the polling gap with Trump.

There hasn’t been any conclusive polling to date on how DeSantis has been affected by Trump’s attacks on entitlement spending. Since mid-March, when most polls showed him trailing DeSantis by a few points, Trump has generally risen into a clear lead. In recent polls, Trump leads DeSantis by 25 to 35 points among likely Republican voters.

The former president, according to Jennifer R. Mercieca, a political language expert who wrote a book on Trump’s rhetoric, wanted to set himself apart from DeSantis, who has attempted to position himself as a “junior Trump” without the disruption.

Trump is stating that there is a distinction and that it is not only about him using derogatory tweets, according to Mercieca. “It’s a strategy to say there is this contrast between us on policy, and on policy that really appeals to Trump’s base,” the author said.

Trump has not abandoned his previous campaign tactics, which elevated slurs and remarks about the looks or character of his rivals into a violent art form that his supporters joyously applauded.

Ted Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, received the infamous derogatory moniker “Lyin’ Ted” from Trump in 2016. He defeated early front-runner Jeb Bush by calling him “low energy” and helped defeat Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign by calling him “Little Marco.”

The Reuters study revealed that the remaining 60% of his criticisms of DeSantis are derogatory or personally abusive, painting the Yale and Harvard educated Florida governor as a wealthy stuffed shirt. For instance, Trump said on May 5 that DeSantis needed a “personality transplant” and he commonly goes by the moniker “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

According to the study, out of the 85 attacks on policy, almost three dozen have attempted to paint DeSantis as a supporter of former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, called him a “globalist,” or said that he enjoys fighting foreign wars.

DeSantis had to retract a statement that the Ukraine War was a “territorial dispute,” according to Trump, who also accuses the Florida governor of being a novice in foreign policy.

Even though DeSantis was re-elected governor in a landslide in 2022 in part because he was seen by many people as having handled the pandemic well, another 14 opposed DeSantis on his reaction to COVID-19.

Ron DeSanctimonious believed he could win the presidential election despite having below-average COVID, Crime, and Education scores. Florida was prosperous before DeSanctis arrived there, Trump said on his social media platform in March.

The former president hasn’t put much effort into challenging his party’s other presidential contenders. He has made polite jabs against Mike Pence, his former vice president who is expected to announce his candidacy in June, just twice, and Nikki Haley, a declared contender and his former U.N. ambassador, 12 times.

In addition, he has occasionally pursued Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, and Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire.

Despite Trump’s growing legal issues, observers predict that the contenders will need to strike back if they hope to defeat him.

Republican strategist Mike DuHaime stated, “You have to engage with him directly at some point.” He’s too powerful. You won’t be able to defeat him if you just leave him alone.

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