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Video: DeSantis Goes On Stage in Iowa, and People Start Banging Cowbells Shortly After He Suffers His Biggest Political Embarrassment So Far

The 2024 Republican presidential race is playing out in close quarters Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, as former President Donald Trump and his top-polling rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, join the crowd of thousands of potential caucus-goers.

The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines has been a quintessential stop on the presidential campaign trail since the Democratic Party moved the state to the first position in its nominating calendar in 1972 and Republicans made the same shift four years later.

Trump and DeSantis are both skipping one state fair mainstay – making their pitches to crowds gathered around The Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox. But DeSantis, like most other GOP contenders, is participating in a one-on-one “fair-side chat” with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. Trump, who has repeatedly questioned Reynolds’ neutrality in the race and accused the popular governor of cozying up to DeSantis, is skipping the chat with her.

Before his speech, DeSantis got a reminder of what GOP voters think about him!

DeSantis then went on stage and people started banging cowbells and blowing whistles.

Video below:

The crowd didn’t like them at all:

There was a fight during his speech:

He then tried flipping burgers but it didn’t help:

DeSantis also suffered his biggest political embarrassment today shortly after his Burger fiasco:

A rough scene for DeSantis.

Walks through a sea of people chanting “We Love Trump.”
Here’s how Trump’s plane was welcomed in Iowa:


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