Trump Team Questions DeSantis’ Finances

Trump Team Questions DeSantis’ Finances

“If the campaign has not demonstrated sufficient enthusiasm to build a national fundraising base who is motivated to contribute, how can they effectively implement what they call a ‘long slog strategy?’”

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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July 18, 2023

President Donald Trump’s (R) campaign team is going after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). Amidst news of a campaign shakeup and dwindling poll numbers, the Trump team is calling into question Governor DeSantis’ campaign finances.

This week, reports indicated that Gov. DeSantis has topped the other Republican candidates in fundraising. While Gov. DeSantis is not the frontrunner in the race, he’s still doing well among voters in terms of fundraising.

However, President Trump, who’s remained a fierce critic of DeSantis, is now calling into question DeSantis’ finances after calling on DeSantis to return to Florida and drop out of the presidential race.

His team argues that polling indicates that the DeSantis campaign is “way behind” the Trump campaign and that it would be an “uphill battle” to supersede the Trump campaign. Moreover, in an email sent to supporters, the Trump team cited numerous sources like the New York Times, ABC News, and others to question DeSantis’ alleged dependence on large donors.

“If the campaign has not demonstrated sufficient enthusiasm to build a national fundraising base who is motivated to contribute, how can they effectively implement what they call a ‘long slog strategy?’” they ask.

For them, the response is that the DeSantis campaign can’t.

In turn, the Trump team poses various questions regarding the path forward for the DeSantis campaign.

“Despite the SuperPAC and affiliated organizations like the Club for No Growth and Koch Brothers operations spending tens of millions of dollars to prop up Ron DeSantis while attacking President Trump, the numbers have not budged. In fact, they have moved in favor of President Trump,” the team argues, questioning, “what is the campaign’s plan to change this trajectory?”

The Trump team also claims that polling showing a “high favorability rating” for DeSantis are questionable because “people are still widely supporting President Donald Trump.”

As a warning to future DeSantis donors, the team states that DeSantis will not provide “any answers or accountability,” and “if you still collectively pour millions of dollars into the failing Ron DeSantis campaign, you can’t say you weren’t warned.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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