Trump is going to war with Ron DeSantis. A new development in the Trump-DeSantis saga seem to pop up everyday.

Three days ago, Trump let the world know he regretted his endorsement of DeSantis, and attacked him on policy for the first time. The following day, we told you about the opposition file Trump is compiling about the Florida governor, examining his record as Assistant District Attorney and his supposedly lenient charges on child porn purveyors.

Now, a Trump PAC has filed an ethics complaint against DeSantis, saying that he’s blatantly acting as a candidate, but violating law by not declaring it so. The complaint from MAGA inc. recommended that DeSantis be removed from office due to his “leveraging his elected office and breaching his associated duties in a coordinated effort to develop his national profile, enrich himself and his political allies, and influence the national electorate.”

Specifically, the PAC sites DeSantis’s visits to early voting states, meeting with donors, and speaking with potential staff. The PAC may have an argument there as they call DeSantis a “defacto candidate.”

Needless to say, DeSantis’s spokesperson was nonchalant about the issue. “We’re adding this to the list of frivolous and politically motivated attacks. It’s inappropriate to use state ethics complaints for partisan purposes.”

This back and fourth does reflect the worry DeSantis allies have. As of now he’s been entirely dismissive of Trump and his attacks, mostly addressing them through his surrogates. He’s responded to Trump’s accusations with vague, canned talking points. Voters may want the Florida governor to be more a fighter, or else Trump’s analysis may very well stick. Detractors of Trump worry DeSantis’s formal, almost robotic approach might lead to his undoing.

DeSantis is not expected to announce until May. To compare, perhaps projecting some indecisiveness to voters, in 2020 most candidates had thrown their hat in the ring by March. But maybe it benefits to be the bigger man. Stay tuned as we cover this back and fourth tennis match.

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