Trump to attend Rubio's Miami-Dade rally without DeSantis

With Election Day approaching, former President Donald Trump plans to attend a political rally in Miami-Dade County to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio for reelection.

MIAMI – Former President Donald Trump plans to attend a political rally two days before Election Day in Miami-Dade. Gov. Ron DeSantis is not invited.

Trump, who recently said he “will probably have to” run again in 2024, will be supporting Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running against U.S. Rep. Val Demings.

The rally at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition’s Fairgrounds in Tamiami Park doesn’t include Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running against Rep. Charlie Crist.

Cris asked DeSantis about his plans for 2024 during a recent debate in Fort Myers even though one of the debate’s rules was that they could not address each other.

“Will you serve a full four-year term if you’re reelected governor of Florida? It’s not a tough question,” Crist said. “It’s a fair question. He won’t tell you.”

DeSantis did not. The 44-year-old rising Republican star, who has raised over $100 million from donors around the country, did attack Crist, 66, with some ageism.

“I know that Charlie is interested in talking about 2024 and Joe Biden, but I just want to make things very, very clear: The only worn-out old donkey I’m looking to put out to pasture is Charlie Crist,” DeSantis said.

After Trump announced the rally on Wednesday, Politico referred to DeSantis’ exclusion as an “apparent snub” and Vanity Fair commented Trump “made it clear just how much he despises” DeSantis.

“You’ve got the Sunday before Election Day totally hijacked by Trump parachuting in on Trump Force One taking up the whole day,” a Republican consultant, who is close to DeSantis, told Politico. “No Republican could go to a DeSantis event that day. None. And DeSantis won’t be here? This is big.”

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