Trump Accuses DeSantis of Trying to ‘Rig’ Iowa Caucuses Over Wife’s Comment

Trump Accuses DeSantis of Trying to 'Rig' Iowa Caucuses Over Wife's Comment
  • After Casey DeSantis gave confusing guidance about the Iowa caucuses, the Trump campaign is back.
  • Casey DeSantis urged out-of-state supporters to “come down” to Iowa to boost Ron DeSantis’ bid.
  • But he made a pitch to the volunteers. Trump’s campaign says the couple is inviting voter fraud.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is trailing against former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential primary contest, has made it his goal to win the Iowa caucuses.

But a comment from DeSantis’ wife, Casey DeSantis, sent the Trump campaign into a tailspin Saturday after she said at a “Mamas for DeSantis” event Friday that out-of-state supporters had to go to Iowa in January to develop his husband’s campaign.

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Casey DeSantis, which inspires mothers and grandmothers to “come down” in the state and says they “don’t have to be an Iowa resident to be able to join the caucus,” inadvertently gave the confusing guidance that prompted the Iowa Republican Party to post X that only Iowa residents can vote in the caucuses.

Florida’s first lady soon clarified that out-of-state supporters of her husband’s presidential bid are welcome in Iowa to help the campaign and promote her husband to GOP caucusgoers.

However, Trump sought to paint Ron DeSantis and Casey DeSantis as complicit in voter fraud, an issue the former president has long used as a political wedge, especially in his 2020 election loss. -President Joe Biden.

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“We’re asking Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to clarify what the rules are and that the instructions given to the DeSantises are clearly wrong and could further disqualify caucus-goers,” the campaign said. Trump in a statement on Saturday. “Even the Iowa Republican Party should immediately issue a response to the DeSantises’ misinformation.”

“The Trump campaign strongly condemns their dirty and illegal tactics and asks all Trump supporters to be aware of the DeSantises’ openly stated scheme to defraud the Caucus through fraud,” it added.

Ron DeSantis has pushed hard against the idea that his wife is asking non-Iowans to come to the state to vote in caucuses.

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“We appreciate Casey and everything he’s done, as well as Gov. Reynolds,” he said after the event in Iowa. “You can’t vote in the caucus, but you can help with it.”

Election integrity has been a major issue for Republican voters for years, as millions of Trump supporters believe voter fraud has tainted the 2020 election, despite no evidence of widespread fraud. and the inability of Trump’s legal team to produce evidence to support the former president’s claims.