On Friday (April 28), former President Donald Trump declared that he is under “total assault” because he is the front-runner among the current and potential GOP presidential candidates.
In an interview on Steve Bannon’s podcast, “War Room,” Trump claimed to be under “total assault” because he is “winning in the polls.”
In the interview with Bannon, Trump’s former advisor, the former President also targeted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), widely considered his strongest primary challenger for the 2024 Republican nomination. However, the Floridian has not yet officially entered the race.
Referencing his nickname for DeSantis — “DeSanctimonious” — Trump said, “DeSanctis is failing badly.”
The former President said it was “amazing what being 40 down [in the polls].”
Trump has slightly increased his lead over DeSantis in recent weeks, leading by about 27 points Thursday, according to the FiveThirtyEight polling average.
An Emerson College poll earlier this week showed the former President leading the Florida Governor by 45 points.
Trump highlighted those poor polls, saying that “donors are largely leaving” DeSantis now.
The former President added that “donors are calling me now,” stating donors are watching the polls.
Although there have been several reports this week that DeSantis is considering launching his campaign in May or June, he said Thursday that no decisions have been made on a possible announcement.
Speaking at a conference in Israel, DeSantis said that if he were to make an announcement, it would come in due time.
However, the Florida Governor explained that if anyone was saying “they know this or that,” that would be “inaccurate” because no decisions have been made.