May 2, 2023
Trump campaign blackballs DeSantis staffers: report
The Trump campaign has reportedly blackballed several staffers of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a key ally of the former president, from future employment opportunities within the Republican Party.
According to a report by Politico, the move comes after DeSantis refused to appoint a loyalist to a vacant Senate seat in Florida, instead choosing a more moderate candidate who was favored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The decision reportedly angered Trump, who had endorsed the loyalist candidate and saw the move as a betrayal by DeSantis.
As a result, the Trump campaign has reportedly instructed other Republican campaigns and organizations not to hire any staffers who worked for DeSantis during his 2018 gubernatorial campaign or his current administration.
The move is seen as a warning shot to other Republicans who may be considering going against Trump's wishes, as the former president seeks to maintain his grip on the party and its base.
It also highlights the growing divide within the Republican Party between Trump loyalists and those who are more moderate or independent-minded.
DeSantis, who is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2024, has been a staunch supporter of Trump and his policies, but has also sought to maintain his own independent streak.
The move by the Trump campaign is likely to further strain the relationship between the two men, and could have implications for the future of the Republican Party as a whole.
As the party looks to rebuild and regroup after the 2020 election, it will need to find a way to bridge the divide between Trump loyalists and those who are more moderate or independent-minded, if it hopes to remain a viable political force in the years to come.