Trump Slams Iowa Governor As ‘Disloyal’ After DeSantis Endorsement

As the calendar year of 2023 nears an end, election day (which occurred last week) fades into the rear view mirror for most Americans. While there were no meaningful federal elections this cycle (as these elections occur on “even” calendar years), many notable statewide elections occurred across the country. For the third consecutive cycle, in an electoral climate considered widely favorable to Republicans, Democrats continued to outperform their counterparts at every turn. In Virginia, just two years after losing the governor’s office and the state assembly, Democrats regained their majority in that chamber, a sign of vulnerability for the incumbent governor Glenn Youngkin. In New Jersey, two years after the Republican party in that state made surprising gains in the state legislature and in a cycle that many had projected the party to further their gains, they were crushed. Nearly every seat they had previously taken was lost. This occurred during a tough cycle for state Democrats as they faced criticism regarding transgender legislation affecting schools and backlash for their endorsements of wind energy projects off the shore of the state.

Republicans appear to be vulnerable in every state, and despite the deteriorating economic and social climate in the nation that has occurred under a hapless Democratic president (Joe Biden) and majority in the senate, they appear poised for another federal victory in the 2024 cycle. In the Republican party the former president Donald Trump maintains a massive lead over a crowded field of candidates. Trump enjoys the broad support of much of the Republican electorate despite several challengers and many establishment figures claiming that he is likely too damaged of a candidate to ever win a general election.

In Iowa, the governor of that state Kim Reynolds endorsed Ron DeSantis for the presidential nomination, openly defying Donald Trump. Trump reacted to this endorsement by calling Reynolds “disloyal”. The Iowa caucus is the first primary contest for the GOP candidates.