On Twitter, the governor’s group and allies spent the day litigating the early days of the virus in a back-and-forth with Trumpworld. The “DeSantis Struggle Room” Twitter account posted a throwback video within the afternoon of Trump defending shutting down the nation in March 2020, whereas the “Trump Struggle Room” engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with DeSantis aide Christina Pushaw over the governor’s personal early restrictions and mortality charge compared to New York, with allied pundits popping in to throw chairs.
“What particularly was the most effective side of Cuomo and New York’s Covid response?” Pushaw tweeted at one level, full with a meme drawing of a masked determine with needles in its physique asking to “govern me more durable daddy.” The Trump group’s response started: “Initially, no one needs to be your daddy.”
DeSantis and his allies have been telegraphing COVID will likely be key to his marketing campaign for months, so its look is just not a shock.
That he hit Trump with it so early is extra notable: Plenty of different Republican presidential hopefuls have been extra reluctant to supply up direct contrasts with the previous president. DeSantis’ preliminary launch occasions on Wednesday largely ignored Trump. If in the present day is any indication, issues towards the 2 entrance runners might warmth up shortly, and definitely lengthy earlier than they meet on a debate stage (if Trump attends).
And whereas the COVID battle took heart stage, DeSantis made clear Thursday he’d attempt to get to Trump’s proper on different points as nicely. In an interview with New Hampshire radio host Jack Heath, the Florida governor accused Trump of “transferring to the left,” pointing to Trump’s assaults on him for not supporting a invoice that might have traded authorized standing for DREAMers (an “immigration amnesty” as DeSantis put it) for a border wall. He additionally talked about the “nearly $8 trillion in debt in simply 4 years” he racked up as president. In an interview with Dana Loesch, he criticized as “unconstitutional” Trump’s 2018 name for purple flag legal guidelines that “take the weapons first, undergo due course of second.”
The place was Trump throughout this marketing campaign’s very on-line begin? Touching grass, actually: He hit the greens at his golf membership in Virginia.
“He’s very disloyal, however he’s received no persona,” Trump instructed reporters in between holes. “And when you don’t have persona, politics is a really arduous enterprise.”