Ex-President Donald Trump, in close-up, looks pensive and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, also in close-up, makes a measured comment.
Former President Donald Trump in Dayton, Ohio, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Tampa, Fla., address midterm election rallies on Nov. 7. (Reuters/Gaelen Morse, Marco Bello)

In a statement of remarkable vitriol and length, former President Trump lashed out at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose commanding re- election win on Tuesday has catapulted him to front-runner status in the GOP presidential primary.

In a preview of what could be a brutal contest for the nomination between the two men, Trump said that the 44-year-old former congressman was "politically dead" when he first sought the president's endorsement.

President Biden was asked at the second press conference of his presidency, what he thought about the prospect of facing off against either Trump or DeSantis in 2024. The president seemed to like what he saw. He said it would be enjoyable to watch them take on each other.

He received a preview 24 hours later. The two men have not said if they are running in 2024. Biden is expected to announce his decision early next year.

Trump was incensed by DeSantis not saying that he would step aside so that Trump could challenge Biden again. He criticized the man for hisloyalty and class. The Republicans newest star is a completely Trumpian creation according to him.

Trump referred to Gillum as a "Crack Head" in his statement after he narrowly defeated him in the general election.

Former President Donald Trump looks somewhat drawn.
Former President Donald Trump talks to the press on the grounds of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on the night of the midterm elections on Nov. 8. (Reuters/Ricardo Arduengo)

School closings, masking orders, and vaccine mandates were some of the things that DeSantis resisted. According to Trump, the success in fighting COVID-19 had largely to do with the weather, even though 82,000 people in Florida died from the disease.

"Florida has the advantage of sunshine, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!" Trump wrote.

The former president referred to the Florida governor as "DeSanctimonious" in his statement, which was posted on Truth Social.

In recent months, Trump has watched DeSantis become a darling of establishment conservatives, who relish in his ability to launch Trump-style culture wars. The wise man had largely stayed out of Trump's way, but an eventual confrontation between mentor and understudy had been seen as inevitable.

It wasn't expected yet.

Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrates onstage at his 2022 midterm elections night party in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 8. (Reuters/Marco Bello)

The growing conviction that the Republican Party needs to move beyond the 45th president if it wants to win back the White House in four years seems to have caused Trump to be angry. Most observers had expected Charlie Crist to win the election, but he was soundly defeated by Ron DeSantis, who won by 19 points.

Oz and DonBolduc lost in New Hampshire. Zeldin is a Trump supporter and is running for governor in New York.

The New York Post mocked Trump the next day as "Trumpty Dumpty", after deeming him "De Future" after his win.

Murdoch owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Trump didn't fail to notice that the outlets' coverage skewed heavily in favor of the congressman. Murdoch's media company was the subject of his statement.

News Corp., which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious.

Should he run for president, Trump threatened to reveal "that won't be very flattering" about the man.

A representative for the campaign did not return a request for comment.