Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shot back at Donald Trump’s campaign for its “foot fetishes” and questioned whether the former president can “summon the balls” to debate the rest of the Republican field in person.
DeSantis was responding to Newsmax host Eric Bolling’s question on Thursday about Trump’s recent attacks on him for his height and for the governor allegedly wearing lifts in his cowboy boots to make himself seem taller.
“This is no time for foot fetishes. We’ve got serious problems as a country,” said DeSantis.
“We’ve got war in the Middle East. We’ve got terrorists coming across our own southern border. We’ve got an American dream that’s out of reach for millions of Americans because of the Bidenflation and the high energy prices. We’ve got schools that are indoctrinating kids, not educating kids. We’ve got cities that are being overrun by crime.”
And yet, he added, Trump and others “want to focus on things like footwear.”
“If Donald Trump can summon the balls to show up to the debate, I’ll wear a boot on my head,” DeSantis continued. “This is a time for substance. This is a time for us to debate the issues that matter to the American people.”
“The question is: Are you able to fight for them, which we have done in Florida, are you able to win those fights, which we have been able to do in Florida, and are you able to lead to a better tomorrow? We’ve done that in Florida, and we’ll do that for the United States of America,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis’ campaign continued the “balls” narrative on its website.
The campaign promoted a box with a pair of golf balls, available for $25, that says “Ron DeSantis has a pair. He shows up.”
On X (formerly Twitter) the governor’s rapid-response team, DeSantis offered the item in a post that said, “Hey @realDonaldTrump, since you’re having trouble finding yours, buy a pair here.”
The next GOP presidential debate is in Miami on Wednesday.
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