Will Trump regret picking on Ron DeSantis?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web

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Former President Donald Trump made some last-minute campaign appearances to help fellow Republicans rally voters ahead of the Tuesday midterm elections. But Trump's biggest headlines came from his ridiculing of a fellow Republican, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Speaking at a Saturday rally for GOP Senate nominee Mehmet Oz, who was polling neck-and-neck with Democrat John Fetterman, Trump referred to DeSantis as "Ron DeSanctimonious." The next day, Trump urged Floridians to vote for DeSantis in a rally for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in Miami-Dade County. But DeSantis wasn't even invited to the event.

Conservative pundits piled on, criticizing Trump for dividing Republicans right before Election Day, and for coming up with such a "dumb nickname," as conservative writer Matt Walsh called it. "What an idiot," tweeted Rod Dreher, a senior editor for The American Conservative. "DeSantis is a far more effective leader of the Right than Trump was, if, that is, you expect a leader to get a lot done, rather than just talking about it and owning the libs." DeSantis has courted the GOP base with hardline stands for tighter borders and against "woke" politics, fueling speculation he might run for the White House in 2024. Did Trump score points ahead of a possible primary battle, or was his attack on DeSantis a bad idea?

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.