It appears the VERY POPULAR Iowa GOP Governor was seen hanging out with Florida Republican Governor DeSantis by Trump…
Trump came in second in the Republican 2016 Presidential caucus….
Former President Trump is taking a risk in targeting Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), picking a fight with an influential and well-liked figure in the first state on next year’s GOP presidential primary calendar.
Trump narrowly finished second in the Iowa caucuses in 2016 but went on to win the GOP nomination, something he could easily repeat this cycle. However, an underwhelming performance in the Hawkeye State in 2024 could open the door to a viable challenger building momentum early in the primary calendar.
Trump, apparently irked by Reynolds’s recent appearances with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his wife, Casey, and triggered by a New York Times story highlighting the tensions between the former president and the governor, chastised Reynolds in a social media post Monday over whether she is being “neutral” in the primary process.
The Truth Social post was typical of Trump, who is quick to call out those he deems as insufficiently loyal. But the move left some in the state scratching their heads and may further alienate voters who were already considering an alternative heading into next year’s caucus.
“Forest Gump says, ‘stupid is as stupid does.’ My Mom says don’t call anyone, ‘stupid.’ So, I won’t. However, this isn’t smart. Iowa is wide open,” tweeted Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader, a major conservative group in Iowa…..
Some in the state found the criticism of Reynolds to be uncalled for and the type of undisciplined move that has hurt Trump in the past.
“Ok… so we shouldn’t remain neutral?” tweeted Cody Hoefert, a former chairman of the Iowa GOP. “Well then after this I’m out on the former President. It’s time for fresh leadership or shall I say actual leadership. I am open to support a new fresh leader who inspires others.”
Trump’s broadside against Reynolds marked the latest instance of the former president rolling the dice with an unusual strategy in Iowa, which will host its caucus Jan. 15 to kick off the Republican presidential primary calendar….
Iowa-specific polls have been more scarce, but the Iowa Poll conducted last March showed Trump’s favorability numbers in the state were similar to DeSantis and higher than Haley or Pence.