Former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is blacklisting anyone who works for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to a new report.
Justin Caporale, who helps lead the former president’s forward team, announced that anyone who participated in a recent DeSantis book tour would be considered “persona non grata,” RealClearPolitics reported Friday.
A “top Trump ally,” meanwhile, said the ban would apply to more than junior assistants who set up folding chairs and hung banners at DeSantis events.
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“Now is the time to choose,” the source reportedly said. “If you work for the Ron DeSantis presidential race, you won’t work for the Trump campaign or in the Trump White House.”
The reported threat comes amid an escalating war of words between Trump, who has announced a 2024 presidential campaign, and DeSantis, who has not announced a White House bid but is still widely seen as the main Trump’s contender in the Republican primary.
Trump has been attacking DeSantis more and more for several days, perhaps more intensely in a statement this week in which he called the governor “average” and better at public relations than at governance.
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DeSantis, for his part, began to fight back. In a new interview with journalist Piers Morgan this week, DeSantis slammed Trump on his style, character and leadership, saying there was “no daily drama” in the governor’s office.
The Florida governor also drew a stark contrast to Trump regarding the COVID pandemic, saying he would have “fired” Dr. Anthony Fauci had he been president at the time.
When asked in a separate interview on Thursday if he’d join a potential ticket as Trump’s running mate, DeSantis replied, “I think I’m probably more of an executive type… We’re capable of getting things done, and I think that’s probably what I’m best suited for.
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The next day, Trump said he never thought of asking DeSantis to be his running mate, calling it a “highly unlikely alliance.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the Trump campaign and DeSantis’ office for comment.
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