DeSantis Slams Media Over Trump

( – Expressing deep unhappiness with his motionless presidential campaign as the 2024 race heats up, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis is voicing criticism of both former President Donald Trump and the media’s coverage of him.

In a recent interview on Fox News’ “MediaBuzz,” DeSantis expressed frustration regarding Trump’s decision to skip the upcoming GOP presidential debates, including a key one in Iowa. His move has sparked a discussion about media accountability and the dynamics of the Republican primary race.

DeSantis pointed out Trump’s choice to hold a town hall on Fox during the same hour as the Iowa debate, where DeSantis will face off against former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

DeSantis remarked, “… He could easily — if he’s going to be in Iowa, he could show up and debate and have to answer questions. And he just chooses not to do that.” He suggested that the fact that Trump is avoiding debates and running a limited campaign is being underplayed by the media, especially networks like Fox News.

In an interview with Laura Ingraham, DeSantis further elaborated on Trump’s strategy, acknowledging that while he understands it from a “strategic perspective,” he believes it’s not the right approach.

“The right thing to [do] is stand and talk about your record,” DeSantis argued. He emphasized that Trump should be more forthcoming in addressing his previous campaign promises and their outcomes, stating that Trump “owes answers” to the voters.

Despite Trump’s absence from the debates, he maintains a strong lead in national and state polls. The Hill/Decision Desk HQ national polling average shows Trump with 64.1% support, significantly ahead of Haley and DeSantis. In Iowa, his lead narrows but remains solid with 51.6% support.

The upcoming debates and town halls will be closely watched as candidates like DeSantis and Haley try to gain ground in the polls. Scheduled for January 15, the Iowa caucuses mark the beginning of the 2024 presidential contests, setting the stage for an intense primary season.