WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former President Donald Trump had previously remained quiet following the re-election victory of potential 2024 rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
- Trump congratulated fellow Republicans on their victories but said that he still got more votes in Florida than DeSantis.
- Trump also touted the performances of his endorsed candidates.
Former President Donald Trump took aim at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis once more, even as he congratulated fellow Republicans for their midterm election victories.
Trump posted on Truth Social, “Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?”
Trump had previously remained quiet following DeSantis’s reelection victory, and the governor was also absent from Trump’s Election Day victory party at Mar-a-Lago. Even so, Trump later acknowledged that he did vote for DeSantis.
As both are speculated to be running for president in 2024, there has also been debate about the party splitting into multiple factions, with two camps for Trump or DeSantis, and those who do not support either of them.
Speaking with Fox News Digital on Wednesday, Trump celebrated his party’s “tremendous success.”
Trump, who had endorsed over 200 candidates, dismissed reports that he was “furious” with their performances. He said, “The people I endorsed did very well. I was batting 98.6% in the primaries, and 216 to 19 in the general election — that is amazing.
He continued, “All these guys that are winning are my people.” He pointed to important victories by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, and newly elected Ohio Sen. JD Vance.
Talking about Pennsylvania’s Senate race, he called Dr. Mehmet Oz a “great guy” who “worked very hard” but “had a lot of immovable forces against him.”
On Thursday morning, Trump declared, “While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory — 219 WINS and 16 Losses in the General — Who has ever done better than that?”
Three Senate seats — Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada — are still awaiting results. These races could potentially decide the legislative majority.
In both Arizona and Nevada, Trump-endorsed candidates Blake Masters and Adam Laxalt, respectively, are trailing behind their Democratic opponents, incumbent Sens. Mark Kelly and Catherine Cortez-Masto. Still, media outlets have reported that the races are too close to call yet.
Georgia, meanwhile, will be heading to a run-off election and added weeks of campaigning as Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker battles against Democrat incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Several political analysts have expected Trump to announce his presidential campaign soon after the midterms, but some of his advisers reportedly told him to wait until the run-off in Georgia.
Source: Fox News