Journalist Matt Kim said he was pleasantly surprised to find gracious hosts at the final pre-caucus rally for former President Donald Trump’s campaign, who allowed him in just hours after the DeSantis campaign booted him from the Florida governor’s rally.
Kim, who boasts over 18,000 YouTube subscribers and nearly 87,000 followers on X, reported on President Trump’s classy move in the early hours of Monday morning. Not only was he allowed in, he said, but Team Trump authorized Kim to get backstage access and an exclusive interview with the 45th president.
“They heard about what happened to me with the DeSantis event, and they invited me to ride with the press team. So I’m going to be going with him and where the reporters are to follow him around,” said Kim. “I’ll be able to see behind the scenes, and then show it all. They said I can record whatever I want. I can go live. They said ‘You can literally do whatever you want.'”
Speaking about the contrasting approaches between Trump and his chief rival in Iowa, Kim suggested the campaign of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is afraid to let their candidate operate without guardrails around the media.
“It’s crazy. On one side it’s like, you can’t do anything. They [DeSantis camp] literally kicked me out, and the other side is like yeah, we love what you do, so like, full access, you’re amazing,” he added.
“Tomorrow’s going to be a big day.”
Monday is going to be WILD!!!
Showed up to Iowa on a whim. Blind faith. No plan. Just to experience the political process for the first time in my life. See the truth.
Team Trump heard about what happened at the DeSantis event to me and offered me full access to their… pic.twitter.com/CkTBWLzCJt
— Matt Kim (@MattAttack009_) January 15, 2024
The former president made his final pitch to voters during a nearly two-hour speech in Indianola, hitting all the classics with criticism of DeSantis, “Birdbrain” Nikki Haley, and even threw some heat at Vivek Ramaswamy.
“These caucuses are your personal chance to score the ultimate victory over all of the liars, cheaters, thugs, perverts, frauds, crooks, freaks, creeps and other quite nice people,” Trump told the audience. “The Washington swamp has done everything in its power to take away your voice. But tomorrow is your time to turn on them and to say and speak your mind and to vote.”
Marc Smiarowski, a 44-year-old truck driver, told the AP he will brave whatever the weather throws at him to vote for President Trump.
“I’m here in part out of spite,” said the 44-year-old public utility worker who drove 40 miles from Huneston to see Trump. “I can’t abandon him. After what they did to him in the last election, and the political persecution he faces, I feel like I owe him this. He’s our only option.”
President Trump heads into the first matchup of the Republican primary season with endorsements from most of DeSantis’s Florida GOP colleagues, a smashing lead in the polls, and leads against President Joe Biden is nearly every swing stage.