According to a recent Cygnal poll commissioned by Alabama Daily News and Gray Television, former President Trump gets more support than Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a hypothetical 2024 Presidential primary matchup.
Trump bests DeSantis 49.6% to 35.7% in the poll, showing just how popular the 45th president still is in the Yellowhammer State.
During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, Trump created controversy by taking a thinly veiled shot a DeSantis, claiming how he gets more support than the Florida governor, and then giving him the nickname “DeSanctimonious.”
WATCH: During a rally in Pennsylvania for Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, former President Trump started reading poll numbers for potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates, including Mike Pence and Liz Cheney.
Trump: “Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%” pic.twitter.com/oDeehTtpYD
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 7, 2022
In response to the jab, DeSantis got a lot of support from Republican politicians and political pundits, including one Alabama congressman.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said Trump’s comments “alienates voters” and ultimately hurts the future of the Republican party.
Trump’s crude name-calling & poor character alienates voters & is why a basement-dwelling candidate is in White House, Dems have House & Senate majorities, McCain opposed ObamaCare repeal, etc., etc.https://t.co/4FHz9CqkW5
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) November 6, 2022
Brooks has been an outspoken critic of the former president since Trump withdrew his endorsement of the congressman in the race for U.S. Senate.
Chao & McConnell’s profits from Communist Chinese Party well-known in 2017.https://t.co/MrEX5S3E2u
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) August 22, 2022
It appears though a potential Trump versus DeSantis feud might not have lasted very long as Trump praised DeSantis at a Florida campaign rally Sunday.
Trump: "You're going to re-elect the wonderful Marco Rubio to the United States senate and you're going to re-elect Ron DeSantis as your governor." pic.twitter.com/HSkr7DE92E
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 6, 2022