On December 13, 2023, former President Donald Trump visited Coralville, Iowa, for a campaign rally. During the rally, he reiterated his disapproval of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ endorsement of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president. Trump’s visit to Iowa was part of his ongoing campaign for the 2024 presidential election.
Trump’s speech at the rally focused on his opposition to the economic policies of the Biden administration. He claimed that Americans were “better off” under his watch and criticized the current administration’s handling of the economy. Trump also took the opportunity to criticize Governor Reynolds for her endorsement of DeSantis, whom he referred to as his opponent.
Governor Reynolds endorsed DeSantis on November 6, 2023, breaking from the tradition of Iowa governors staying neutral in the Iowa Caucus competition. The endorsement was seen as a clear message to Republicans looking for an alternative to Trump that the time to act had arrived. While endorsements don’t typically matter, this one could be the exception, both because of what it says about the Republican Party and what it says about Donald Trump.
Trump’s disapproval of Reynolds’ endorsement of DeSantis is not surprising, given his ongoing feud with the Florida governor. Trump has been critical of DeSantis in the past, and his opposition to the governor’s presidential bid is well-known. However, Reynolds’ endorsement of DeSantis is significant, as it could help the Florida governor gain support in Iowa, which is the first state to have a caucus or primary ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Trump’s visit to Coralville, Iowa, for a campaign rally was marked by his disapproval of Governor Reynolds’ endorsement of Governor DeSantis. While the endorsement is significant, it remains to be seen how much of an impact it will have on the 2024 presidential election. Regardless, the race for the Republican nomination is heating up, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming months.