DC Examiner wrote a piece today claiming that Governor DeSantis has asked Trump to cancel his Sunday rally because of its proximity to the Condo collapse in Surfide:
Former President Donald Trump is rejecting pleas from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to postpone a campaign-style rally this weekend some 200 miles from the Miami suburb where an international search-and-rescue mission is excavating bodies from the site of a collapsed seaside condominium.
DeSantis’s office has “made a direct plea” to the former president’s team, calling on it to postpone the Saturday event in Sarasota. One Florida Republican bluntly said Trump and his team need to “read the room.”
“The governor is getting tested here as to how far he’s going to be pushed before he breaks ranks with President Trump. And he has to be very careful because this is Trump country,” this source said. “The base loves the president. But they equally love Ron. It’s a showdown going on right now.”
For now, the Trump camp is holding firm. “Nobody wants to cancel,” a source close to Trump told the Washington Examiner.
But a spokesperson for DeSantis says this is not true:
The governor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that DeSantis “is focusing on his duties as Governor and the tragedy in Surfside, and has never suggested or requested that events planned in different parts of Florida — from the Stanley Cup finals to President Trump’s rally — should be canceled.”
“He wants all Floridians to enjoy the holiday weekend and celebrate Independence Day however they choose, while keeping the Surfside families and first responders in their prayers,” the statement continues.
Sarasota is nearly 200 miles away from Surfside and on the opposite coast. It’s so far away that I don’t understand why there would even be a need to ask Trump to cancel the rally. Yes, the work in Surfside is ongoing and what happened there is a terrible tragedy. But this reporting just doesn’t add up.
As it is, it’s a non-story. And let’s hope it stays that way.