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No current political figure has a stronger and more devoted base of supporters than President Donald Trump.
And that was on full display on Saturday night.
Trump made an appearance at a Mar-a-Lago Lincoln Day fundraiser on Saturday night.
The crowd cheered and gave Trump a standing ovation when he walked into the room.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a favorite among many Republicans, and seen by many as the front runner if Trump decides not to seek the nomination of his party, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is speculated to be considering his own campaign, were both with Trump this weekend for the Lincoln Day GOP fundraiser.
Last month, Pompeo talked to Fox News host Sean Hannity where he hinted that he could consider campaigning for the presidency, saying he is “always up for a fight” and “cares deeply about America.”
“Say there is a scenario that Donald Trump makes a decision that he is not going to run in 2024, would you consider getting in that race?” Hannity said.
“I am always up for a good fight,” Pompeo said. “I care deeply about America. You know I have been part of the conservative movement for an awfully long time now. I aim to keep at it.”
This comes weeks after Gov. DeSantis was seen golfing with Trump and as the media, namely “60 Minutes” began a preemptive strike on the possible 2024 candidate.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, clashed with a CBS “60 Minutes” reporter in a segment that aired on Sunday but the governor, and now Democrat Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner, called the program on its shoddy reporting after the mainstream media parroted the talking points.
And after the piece, Democrat Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner issued a press release that took “60 Minutes” to task.
“I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Palm Beach County last night and feel compelled to issue this statement. The reporting was not just based on bad information – it was intentionally false. I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and 60 Minutes declined. They know that the Governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the County Administrator and we asked to expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County,” the Democrat mayor said.
“We also discussed our own local plans to expand mass vaccination centers throughout the county, of which the Governor has been incredibly supportive. We asked and he delivered. They had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative,” the Democrat mayor added.
“We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. 60 Minutes should be ashamed. I thank the Governor for supporting the residents of Palm Beach County.