Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will wrap up the “Full Grassley” this Saturday in Jasper County. The term refers to visiting all 99 counties in Iowa ahead of an election. It’s a tradition for Sen. Chuck Grassley to visit all 99 counties every year.
While DeSantis builds anticipation for Saturday’s event, the campaigns of President Donald J. Trump and Ryan Binkley are attempting to throw cold water on the celebration.
Trump’s campaign said that DeSantis is “getting crushed” by Binkley, who became the first candidate to visit all 99 counties.
“Republican candidate for president Ryan Binkley, who is polling at 0 percent, outperformed Ron DeSantis by becoming the first person to visit all 99 counties in Iowa earlier this month,” Trump’s campaign wrote in an email.
Binkley proved that visiting all 99 counties is “not a unique achievement that DeSantis would like everyone to believe,” the email continued.
“As with his entire campaign, DeSantis is trying to gaslight voters and caucusgoers into believing he actually has a shot of becoming president,” Trump’s team said. “If Ron DeSantis can’t even keep up with Ryan Binkley in Iowa, how can he expect to be competitive with Nikki ‘Birdbrain’ Haley for distant second place?”
Binkley’s team latched on and used that same email in its own statement.
Binkley has spent $7 million on his campaign and hit all 99 counties, the campaign said.
“We have been sharing this message all over Iowa that this campaign is about the freedom of our nation and the freedom for the next generation,” Binkley said in the statement.
Binkley’s campaign noted more than 81,000 unique individuals have donated to his campaign.
Meanwhile, the DeSantis campaign has teased something big happening at Saturday’s event in Jasper County.