The Former President Trump asserted on Friday that he is facing a “total assault” as a result of his lead among GOP presidential candidates who are running now and in the future.
“[We’re under] total assault because we’re winning in the polls,” Trump told his former advisor Steve Bannon during an interview on “War Room.”
Despite not having formally entered the race, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is widely regarded as Trump’s biggest rival for the Republican nomination in 2024.
“DeSanctis is failing badly,” Trump said, in a reference to his nickname for the Florida governor, “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
“It’s amazing what being 40 down does,” he later added.
According to a polling average from FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s advantage over DeSantis has slightly increased lately. As of Thursday, he was about 27 points ahead. The former president had a 45-point advantage over DeSantis in a poll taken earlier this week by Emerson College.
“The donors are largely leaving him now,” Trump claimed, adding, “What’s happening is the donors are calling me now because the donors follow the polls.”
Even though there were several rumors this week that DeSantis was considering launching his campaign in May or June, he declared on Thursday that no decisions have been made regarding a potential announcement.
“If there’s any announcements, those will come at the appropriate time,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Israel. “But if anyone’s telling you that somehow they know this or they know that, that’s just inaccurate because there’s not been any decisions made.”