The Democratic Governors Association responded to Desantis' creepy ad this afternoon with the following statement: "Ron DeSantis' latest television ad confirms the Republican primary will be exclusively determined by who has the fiercest commitment to President Trump".

Trump's rally speech in Tampa contained many elements familiar to his political events.

"Not good, not nice", he told the crowd as tensions with China continue to escalate, adding: "You know what our farmers are saying?"

"I'm not like other politicians", he said. He predicted DeSantis will win against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's August 28 Republican primary.

Trump said he likes to "be a little wild, have a little fun" during rallies, and it's "a lot easier to act presidential than do what I do".

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Trump carried Florida in 2016, and DeSantis has surged to a 12-point lead over his GOP opponent in the race to secure the party's gubernatorial nomination.

Trump praised DeSantis as "a tough, brilliant cookie" and predicts: "He's going to be your next governor". The margin is small - but it's President Trump's best numbers since he took office, something administration officials are highlighting.

As Casey speaks, DeSantis is seen showing their young daughter how to "build a wall" with toy bricks - a reference to Trump's plan to erect a wall on the US-Mexico border - and reading from Trump's most famous book.

Although Scott attended the workforce development event at the Tampa high school, he steered clear of the later rally, instead attending a Senate fundraiser of his own.

Another sign at the rally referencing QAnon also mentioned Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot and killed in Washington, D.C., last year. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign.