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'It's de-lovely', it's DeSantis, it's #DeSaster: 'Anything Goes' as Trump rival throws hat in race
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seeking to push past an embarrassing beginning to his presidential campaign, outlining an aggressive travel schedule as his allies insisted they remain well-funded and well-positioned for a long Republican primary fight ahead. While DeSantis supporters privately acknowledged the bungled twitter presidential announcement was an unwelcome distraction, there was a broad sense — even among some Republican critics — that it might have limited long-term political consequences. The firebrand governor's entry into the 2024 White House race against former President Donald Trump sets up a veritable clash of the titans featuring the Republican Party’s two leading figures. DeSantis faces an uphill battle to topple a man who has dominated the GOP for the last seven years. Trump, who has established himself as the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination, has spent the months since he launched his own campaign working to hobble the once-ascendant DeSantis, whom he and his team have long viewed as his most serious challenger. DeSantis so far has tried to remain above the fray, ignoring Trump's escalating attacks on everything from his record to his personality. Now that the gloves are off, FRANCE 24 is joined by Thomas Gift, Director of the UCL's (University College of London) Centre on US Politics (CUSP).