Florida Senate election: Trump tells supporters to back Rubio over Demings, ‘far-left impeacher’

Former President Donald Trump continues to drum up support for Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the man he once campaigned against, and will headline an event just days before next month’s election.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump applauded Rubio’s lead in the polls against Democratic Rep. Val Demings, whom Trump called a “radical left-wing impeacher with a weak crime record.”

“Wow, Senator Marco Rubio has an 11-point lead in his campaign against a radical left-wing impeacher with a weak crime record, someone who is incapable of doing the job that needs to be done because we put on a big rally for him. next Sunday (Nov. 6) in Miami. He deserves to win and win BIG,” the former president wrote. “See you at the Rally!!!”

HIALEAH, FL - APRIL 16: US President Donald Trump on April 16, 2018 in Hialeah, Florida.

HIALEAH, FL – APRIL 16: US President Donald Trump on April 16, 2018 in Hialeah, Florida.
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Demings, who upstaged Rubio in the contest, is seeking to flip a key seat as Republicans hope to secure it and also win other close races for the U.S. Senate majority.

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Trump announced Wednesday that he would visit Miami to endorse Rubio, but did not mention Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, prompting criticism of the event from some in DeSantis’ camp.

“You have the Sunday before the election completely hijacked by Trump parachuting in on Trump Force One and taking over the day,” said “a longtime Republican consultant who is close to the governor,” Politico reported. “No Republican could have gone to the DeSantis event that day. None. And DeSantis won’t be here? This is big.”

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, speaks in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, speaks in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., Saturday, July 23, 2022.
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The apparent disdain at Rubio’s event was unintentional, a Trump aide told the newspaper.

“This is an event that President Trump is hosting as part of a series of stops he is making for Republican Senate candidates,” a Trump aide said in the publication. “It came after he and Senator Rubio spoke directly.

Trump and DeSantis could be opponents in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, although they have not publicly feuded.

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DeSantis recently appeared alongside New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin at Saturday’s Get Out The Vote rally in Hauppauge, New York.

HAUPPAUGE, NY - OCTOBER 29: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, next to New York's Republican Governor, Rep. Lee Zeldin, right, on October 29, 2022 in Hauppauge, New York.

HAUPPAUGE, NY – OCTOBER 29: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, next to New York’s Republican Governor, Rep. Lee Zeldin, right, on October 29, 2022 in Hauppauge, New York.
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Florida’s governor encouraged voters to support Zeldin over Democratic incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochula because he says Zeldin would be tougher on crime.

“The crime problem is self-inflicted — you cut police budgets, you do things like eliminate cash bail and you have rogue prosecutors who won’t even enforce the laws they agree with — of course you’re going to have streets that are less safe,” DeSantis said according to the New York Post.

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Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are extremely popular among CPAC attendees.

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are extremely popular among CPAC attendees.
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He added: “We need to focus more on supporting the rights of victims of crime and not on the rights of criminals. Lee Zeldin will not coddle these people. He will hold them accountable and you will be a safer outcome.

Florida’s U.S. Senate is a high-stakes contest that could determine the balance of power in the chamber.

Neither Trump nor DeSantis have officially announced whether they will seek the presidency in 2024.

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