Former President Trump has taken a surprising stance, urging his followers to shift their allegiance from Fox News host Laura Ingraham to Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, following her criticism of his perceived weak poll numbers, implying Biden would have an advantage over him.
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During her Monday show, Ingraham dedicated a segment to discussing the actions of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, widely regarded as Trump’s primary rival. DeSantis is expected to announce his candidacy soon and has strategically scheduled a speech at the National Religious Broadcasting convention in Orlando, aiming to gain favor with evangelical Christians.
Accompanied by her guest Chris Bedford, executive editor of Common Sense Society, she delved into recent polls comparing Trump’s and DeSantis against Joe Biden in the 2024 elections. The polls suggested DeSantis could potentially secure victories in Arizona and Georgia, hypothetically defeating Biden in 2024, while Trump would face challenges in carrying these states, similar to 2020.
Expressing his discontent on Truth Social, Trump wrote, “Laura Ingraham on FoxNews just did a hit piece on me (there go her ratings!), showing some polls which indicate that Ron DeSanctimonious may do better against Biden than I would when, actually, polls show that I perform much better against Biden.”
Trump countered by asserting how other polls showcased his superior performance against Biden, particularly in the Rust Belt region. He shared images of Fox News polls supporting his popularity in the Rust Belt.
He took the opportunity to defame Fox News for their coverage and endorsed their competitor, Newsmax. The former president expressed his belief that Fox News reluctantly released the aforementioned polls, highlighting his significant lead over DeSantis in primary voting. He ended the post by urging his followers to watch Greg Kelly’s show on Newsmax at 10:00 P.M.
Examining the national average tracker on polling data site FiveThirtyEight reveals Trump’s substantial advantage over DeSantis in a hypothetical primary race. Trump currently enjoys 53.5% support, while DeSantis trails behind at 20.8%.
These numbers underscore Trump’s strong position within his party and highlight the challenge DeSantis would face if he were to enter the primary race against him. While Ingraham’s analysis focused on poll numbers favoring other Republican candidates against Biden, Trump emphasized polls indicating his strong performance against the former vice president.