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Iowa State Senator Withdraws Trump Endorsement, Throws Support Behind DeSantis

Changing Tides: Iowa Senator Shifts Loyalty

First-term Republican state Senator Jeff Reichman of Iowa has decided to revoke his endorsement of former President Donald Trump and instead throw his support behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the 2024 presidential race. This decision comes after Trump publicly criticized Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on social media, leading Reichman to prioritize the interests of his home state.

Standing Up for Governor Reynolds

Reichman expressed his concerns about Trump’s focus on Governor Reynolds, whom he considers to be “like family.” He felt it was the right move to withdraw his endorsement in order to protect the interests of his home team. The decision reflects the growing tension between Trump and some Republican officials who prioritize state loyalty over national politics.

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Reynolds’ Relationship with Trump

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Trump claimed that he played a significant role in Reynolds’ rise to the gubernatorial position in 2018 and endorsed her when she faced challenges. However, Reynolds recently decided to remain neutral in the 2024 presidential primary, which drew criticism from Trump. In response, Reichman reevaluated his endorsement and shifted his support to DeSantis.

DeSantis’ Support for Reynolds

Governor DeSantis, who has also expressed interest in running for president in 2024, came to Reynolds’ defense on social media. He praised her as a strong leader who knows how to ignore distractions and deliver results for Iowans. DeSantis sees Reynolds as a valuable ally and an effective leader who deserves support from fellow Republicans.

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Trump’s Critics Speak Up

Trump’s criticism of Governor Reynolds drew backlash from other prominent figures within the Republican Party. Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson called Trump’s behavior “dictatorial” and stated that America deserves better than his attacks on politicians who choose not to endorse him. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley praised Reynolds as a conservative rock star and celebrated the strength of women in Iowa.

Reynolds’ Neutrality and Hospitality

Governor Reynolds has maintained a neutral stance in the 2024 presidential race, hosting various presidential hopefuls in Iowa without endorsing any specific candidate. She has welcomed politicians from both within and outside the Republican Party, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Tim Scott. Reynolds recently joined Casey DeSantis’ campaign to engage more women and parents in supporting Ron DeSantis.

Growing Support for DeSantis in Iowa

DeSantis’ campaign in Iowa continues to gain momentum, securing endorsements from Iowa lawmakers such as Representatives Josh Meggers and Matt Rinker. With 39 Iowa lawmakers backing DeSantis, his presence and support are growing steadily in the state. The Iowa senator’s endorsement adds to the growing list of supporters who see DeSantis as a strong contender for the 2024 presidential race.

The Impact of Senator Reichman’s Decision

Senator Reichman’s withdrawal of his endorsement of Trump in favor of DeSantis reflects the changing dynamics within the Republican Party. It highlights the importance of state loyalty and support for local leaders. The decision also underscores the significance of public criticism and its potential consequences in shaping political alliances and endorsements.

Stay tuned for further updates on the evolving dynamics of the 2024 presidential race and the impact of endorsements from key figures in the Republican Party.

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