Former President Donald Trump is none too happy with Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, going absolutely nuclear on her Monday for not backing him, saying, “I don’t invite her to events!” It’s definitely not a good thing to have Trump on your bad side, politically speaking. Many careers in the Republican Party have been ended since he popped onto the scene back in 2015 for not supporting him. A lot of GOP voters are still on board the Trump Train and will let anyone else in the field who isn’t on board know exactly how they feel when it comes time to cast a ballot.
“Trump visited Iowa on Friday; Reynolds did not attend, and an aide to Reynolds reportedly said she was not invited. Although Reynolds has publicly praised Trump’s chief rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, she has not endorsed any candidate as yet,” the Daily Wire reported.
“I’m not going to tell Iowans what to do,” Reynolds stated speaking of the 2024 presidential campaign. “They’re very good at this process. They’re sizing up the candidate.”
“I opened up the Governor position for Kim Reynolds, & when she fell behind, I ENDORSED her, did big Rallies, & she won,” Trump wrote furiously in a post published on Truth Social. “Now, she wants to remain ‘NEUTRAL.’ I don’t invite her to events!”
Reynolds took the governor’s seat succeeding Gov. Terry Brandstad, who was appointed to Ambassador to China back in 2017.
“There is no politician in Iowa with greater sway than Ms. Reynolds, 63, who has overseen her party’s swelling state legislative majorities with an approval rating among Republicans near 90 percent,” The New York Times pointed out.
Reynolds won a second race for the governorship in 2022 by a massive number of votes. This time last year, Trump made a reference to her first big win, telling a crowd in her state, “I hate to say it, without me, you know, she was not going to win, you know that, right?”
According to the NY Times, the comment shocked Reynolds who they say “reacted with disbelief to his comment that she owed him her governorship.”
And yet, despite not being happy about the comment, Reynolds still slammed Biden’s Justice Department for indicting the former president, saying, “The federal indictment of former President Trump represents a grave warning sign for the state of equal justice and public trust in government institutions in this country. … the Biden administration’s weaponization of the Justice Department will diminish Americans’ confidence in law enforcement institutions for decades to come.”
In comments made recently, Reynolds has been very positive concerning Trump’s GOP primary rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, going on to say, “He proudly signed a law that makes it illegal to stop a baby’s beating heart — the same heartbeat bill that I was proud to sign.”
Then, last Thursday, as Casey DeSantis — the governor’s wife — launched her new “Mamas for DeSantis” campaign, Reynolds conducted an interview with her. Definitely sounds like she’s planning to endorse DeSantis over Trump.
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