DeSantis skips Sarasota Trump rally to focus on Seaside condo disaster

Ahead of a large, campaign-style rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday night, former President Donald Trump received the disappointing news that GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis would not be in attendance, as The Hill reported, with the state’s chief executive option to remain focused on recovery efforts at site of the Seaside condo collapse.

Earlier in the week, reports emerged suggesting that DeSantis had strongly urged Trump to postpone the event, given the tragic devastation that had occurred near Miami, though the governor’s office subsequently issued a denial and attempted to quash any rumors of tension between the two camps over the issue.

In a statement from DeSantis’ office last week, his staff explained that he was “focusing on his duties as Governor and the tragedy in Surfside, and has never suggested or requested that events planned in different parts of Florida – from the Stanley Cup finals to President Trump’s rally – should be cancelled.”

Though the governor apparently did not call for the event to be scuttled, DeSantis’ team also informed the media that “the Governor will not attend the rally in Sarasota. He spoke with President Trump, who agreed that this was the right decision, as the Governor’s duty is to be in Surfside making sure all the families and community have what they need in the aftermath of the tragic building collapse.”

DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw added, Governor DeSantis would have gone to this event in normal circumstances. He is sure the rally will draw a big crowd on this holiday weekend, as many Floridians are excited to attend.”

Indeed, Trump did attract a sizable and boisterous crowd to the Sarasota Fairgrounds Saturday evening, and he touched on key issues such as immigration, crime, Critical Race Theory and transgender rights, according to Fox News.

Though Trump has continued to tease a possible run for the White House in 2024, and he has even indicated that he would consider DeSantis as a running mate, he stayed notably silent with regard to Florida’s governor during his 90-minute address to the Sarasota crowd, despite mentioning several other local politicians by name.

DeSantis’ political prospects have skyrocketed over the past year, due in large part to his successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic in his state. Having topped Trump in the Western Conservative Summit’s presidential straw poll earlier this year, many believe him to be a frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2024.

Despite the strong history of mutual support and allegiance between Trump and DeSantis, political realities may put them on a “collision course” in the near future, as Fox News noted, and whether rumors of a rift over the Sarasota rally are a harbinger of things to come or just overblown media hype, only time will tell.

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23 days ago

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Timb (@guest_378684)
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24 days ago

Go TRUMP,GO DESANTIS

Stephen Russell (@guest_378632)
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24 days ago

Good call DeSantis Bravo

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24 days ago

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Jae (@guest_378355)
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24 days ago

I hope Governor DeSantis doesn’t make the mistake of running for President against Trump. That decision would destroy the GOP’s chances of winning. We need to be united behind Trump if Trump doesn’t get reinstated before then. We all know he won the 2020 race. If he is reinstated then I think Governor DeSantis would be the absolute best choice and would most likely win. But not against Trump.

Jerry Griffin (@guest_378353)
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24 days ago

Looking out for the citizens on you watch is more important than attending a political rally and Trump says so !!! What’s the big deal about taking care of your of your own state – seems the news media has other thoughts !!!

Susan (@guest_378361)
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Reply to  Jerry Griffin
24 days ago

Totally appropriate decision by Governor DeSantis.

cozycalico (@guest_378413)
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Reply to  Susan
24 days ago

Yes, as Florida is his first responsibility. He took his responsibility over being praised by Trump or anyone else. That actually is a good sign for DeSantis and says a lot about him.

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Reply to  Jerry Griffin
23 days ago

Not to worry, i bleave that God has all under control, dont fret.

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24 days ago

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24 days ago

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Marine Bob (@guest_378336)
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24 days ago

The Governor did make the right choice and if you read the article, President Trump agreed with him.

Mike (@guest_378324)
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24 days ago

Donald Trump will be the next President in 2024 and Ron DeSantis will be the Vice President. Then Ron DeSantis will run for President in 2028 and win and will get a 2nd term in 2032. The Democrat Nazi Party, which is made up of mostly the worst, insane, deranged, psychotic people that ever inhabited the Earth will end up hopefully becoming extinct or being the much weaker Party for the rest of all our lifetimes and beyond. 🙂

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Reply to  Mike
24 days ago

Amen!!!

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Reply to  Mike
24 days ago

We Can Only HOPE AND PRAY THAT IS TRUE!!!

cozycalico (@guest_378414)
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Reply to  Mike
24 days ago

Sounds right as long as the Dems are prevented form using fraud again. States must be vigilant.

Christine (@guest_378322)
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24 days ago

We see that MSM is attempting to put DeSantis and Trump against each other. You evil POS’s!

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24 days ago

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