DeSantis digs Trump after the ex-president blamed a tornado threat for canceling a dueling rally in Iowa

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a fundraising picnic for US Rep. Randy Feenstra, a Republican of Iowa, on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Sioux Center, Iowa.
DeSantis and Trump were both set to appear in Iowa on Saturday.
But Trump had to postpone his event, citing bad weather. 
DeSantis found ways to highlight Trump’s absence. 

Despite much anticipation, there were no dueling rallies between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and former president Donald Trump this weekend in Iowa. Trump canceled his event in Des Moines, blaming tornado warnings.

Trump’s postponement meant there was no chance for the media (or the politician’s teams) to compare enthusiasm and crowd size at the two political events in a key primary state. DeSantis, however, capitalized on Trump’s no-show to make a subtle dig at the former president.

After headlining two events in Iowa, DeSantis made an unscheduled stop at Jethro’s BBQ Southside, a barbeque joint in Des Moines near where Trump had been…

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This article was written by Kimberly Leonard and originally published on