Ron Takes NASTY Shot at The Don Over COVID-19 Criticisms
It’s really starting to feel official, isn’t it? It’s almost as if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is already in the 2024 presidential race this week, (as the entire nation knows darn well he will be eventually), as the Sunshine State lawmaker takes a rather ugly shot at presumptive, (and only), GOP candidate Donald Trump.
The former President has been openly less-than-thrilled about DeSantis’ likely entry to the race, having several times questioned his “loyalty” after Trump’s endorsement put him over the top in Florida’s gubernatorial race all those years ago.
Now the two are sparring over DeSantis’ COVID-19 response.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Tuesday to an ongoing series of criticisms leveled at him by former President Donald Trump.
Trump took his latest swing at DeSantis on Saturday, claiming that the governor — whom he has previously nicknamed “Ron DeSanctimonious” — was misguided in COVID-19 pandemic policies in Florida.Trending:
“There are Republican governors that did not close their states. Florida was closed for a long period of time.” Trump said to reporters. “They’re trying to rewrite history.”
Trump went further during his Saturday events in New Hampshire and South Carolina, claiming that DeSantis owes his success to the Trump administration and that a hypothetical presidential bid would be insulting.Advertisement - story continues below
Trump said, “Ron would have not been governor if it wasn’t for me. So, when I hear he might run, I consider that very disloyal.”
DeSantis responded to the former President during a press conference early this week.
“Trump has criticized you a number of times in the past couple of days on a number of different issues, one of them being COVID in the state,” said Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers.
“Well, look, what I would just say is this. I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles,” the Florida governor said. “It’s been happening for many, many years. And if you look at the good thing about it, though, is if you take a crisis situation like COVID, you know — the good thing about it is when you’re an elected executive, you have to make all kinds of decisions. You got to steer that ship.”
DeSantis continued, “And the good thing is that the people are able to render a judgment on that, whether they reelect you or not. And I’m happy to say, you know, in my case, not only did we win reelection, we won with the highest percentage of the vote that any Republican governor candidate has in the history of the state of Florida.”
Trump and DeSantis are both polling near the top of the GOP field for 2024 despite the Florida Governor not being officially in the race at this time.