Trump takes a swing at DeSantis, several prominent US media outlets
Former President Trump called the governor "Ron DeSanctimonious" in a press release on Thursday as he went on to both criticize him and take credit for his career.
Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis is now under attack by once-ally and former President Donald Trump.
Trump called the governor "Ron DeSanctimonious" in a press release on Thursday as he went on to both criticize him and take credit for his career.
Trump stated, "...Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average."
Trump claimed that DeSantis asked for an endorsement in the 2017 gubernatorial elections as he had "low approval, bad polls, and no money," adding, "I then got Ron by the “Star” of the Democrat Party, Andrew Gillum... by having two massive Rallies with tens of thousands of people at each one. I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart."
He went on to state, "I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen…"
Next week already has the US on its toes as Trump is expected to announce his possible candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections. However, DeSantis hasn't yet declared any announcements regarding the 2024 race but has already acquired support from those who used to back Trump, such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Fox News.
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"The Fake News," wrote Trump, "asks him if he’s going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, 'I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.' Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer."
This comes after Trump encouraged people to vote for DeSantis last Tuesday, then just the next day, Trump said during an interview with Fox News following a rally in Ohio, "I don't know if he is running. I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly."
DeSantis is running against Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor turned Democrat who has the endorsement of President Joe Biden.