Former President Donald Trump’s campaign Tuesday said that Fox News is mourning the loss of DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign bid.
“In no uncertain terms, Rupert Murdoch made clear that Ron DeSantis is his golden boy, no longer,” said Trump-aligned MAGA PAC. “Today on America Reports, Fox News’ Bret Baier and John Roberts eviscerated DeSantis as news broke that the DeSantis campaign has fired more than a third of its staff in response to intense donor outrage.”
Comparing DeSantis to “Jeb Bush,” Roberts detailed the follies that have left DeSantis fighting to hold on to third place in several early states.
“It was ‘just wait until Ron DeSantis gets in the race and Trump’s gonna be in trouble,’” Roberts said. “It’s not the case.”
“If you’re a candidate, you’ve got to be looking at this saying, ‘God, no matter what happens to Donald Trump, he just keeps getting stronger. Maybe, we should save our powder and you know, come back at this in 2028,” commented Roberts.
DeSantis’ presidential campaign has expanded the number of staff it’s cutting to include more than a third of his payroll as the Florida governor seeks to get the campaign back on track.
A total of 38 jobs will be dismissed across many departments, including ten event planning positions that were announced several weeks ago.
“There’s a change in policy, clearly. There’s a change in media strategy. We at Special Report had been trying to get an interview with Ron DeSantis for months. And had asked repeatedly. We just got confirmation that we will interview the governor in New Hampshire, Monday,” said Fox News’ Brett Baier.
Polling For 2nd Place
Recent polling shows former U.S. President Donald Trump continues to lead the pack in the Republican primary field, though one political outsider is surging in recent polling.
Some polls now show Vivek Ramaswamy in third place behind former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with the Real Clear Politics average of polls showing him with 5.5% of the vote.
According to a recent poll from the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) at Harvard University, Trump maintains support among the majority of Republican voters, while former pharmaceutical executive Vivek Ramaswamy is on the heels of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Trump is a clear favorite in a prospective GOP primary despite losing some ground; DeSantis remains the runner-up but losing steam to Ramaswamy,” CAPS wrote.
According to the survey conducted on July 19 and 20, among 2,000 voters, the former president raked in 52 percent of conservatives.
That’s down seven points from last month but still a full 40 points ahead of the next leading Republican, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who stands at 12 percent.
“The more people get to know Ron DeSanctimonious, the lower his polls are going,” Trump wrote on Truth Social shortly after sharing the latest Harvard poll.
Yet Vivek Ramaswamy surged upwards eight points to 10 percent in the Harvard polling.
Ramaswamy, a former pharmaceutical executive with no political background, launched his campaign with $10 million of his own cash and recently announced he’s offering a 10 percent commission to supporters who fundraise for his 2024 campaign.
“A small oligopoly of political fundraisers is already making an ungodly amount of $$ on this election. It’s disgusting. I’m breaking up that cartel,” Ramaswamy said on ‘X’ formally known as Twitter.
“Today we’re launching the Vivek Kitchen Cabinet: starting today, *anyone* can fundraise for the Vivek 2024 campaign & make a 10% commission. If someone else is getting rich on this, it might as well be you. Let’s go,” he said.
According to the 37-year-old’s campaign, the Harvard poll was all that was remaining for Ramaswamy to meet the Republican National Committee’s fundraising and polling criteria for debate qualification.
“The RNC’s debate stage criteria are stringent but fair. I am a first-time candidate who started with very low name ID, no political donors, and no pre-existing fundraising lists. If an outsider can clear the bar, politically experienced candidates should be able to as well: if you can’t hit these metrics by late August, you have absolutely no chance of defeating Joe Biden in the general election,” Ramaswamy said.
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