Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday took a shot at Gov. Ron DeSantis over two familiar subjects: crowd size and loyalty.
Trump, who drew an estimated 50,000 people to a rally in South Carolina on Saturday, mocked the Florida Republican governor for a relatively small showing while campaigning in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
“Ron DeSanctimonious is getting absolutely ‘demolished’ for yesterday’s performance in New Hampshire,” Trump said on his social media platform, Truth Social.
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“No crowds, no enthusiasm, no interest. His Campaign is in total disarray. He’s hurting himself very badly for 2028. See, loyalty does matter with Patriots!”
On Twitter on Tuesday, DeSantis’ campaign posted photos of the governor and first lady Casey DeSantis attending Fourth of July events in Wolfeboro and Merrimack, New Hampshire.
“We are blessed to have a country founded on principles of freedom, and it is our duty to preserve and defend the sacred fire of liberty as these principles are constantly under attack,” DeSantis tweeted. “We do not run from this responsibility; we welcome it. We will hold the line, keep the faith, and never, ever back down.”
Trump has long attacked DeSantis over his alleged disloyalty to the former president.
Trump argues that DeSantis would not have won Florida’s Republican gubernatorial campaign in 2018 without his endorsement.
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DeSantis addressed the loyalty issue last week in an interview with Fox News host Jesse Watters.
“Disloyal to who? Politicians have to earn support. They’re not entitled to support,” said DeSantis.
“I did a lot for him in 2016 and 2020,” he added. “By the way, I was happy to do it. But at the end of the day, you know, I’m loyal to my family, to our Constitution, and to the Good Lord, and I have a vision: I think I’m the guy that can beat [President Joe] Biden, but even more importantly, no more excuses on these issues.”
Crowd size has also been a prime issue for Trump, which he has used to attack opponents since his first election.
As was reported on his first day in office in 2017, Trump and his administration sparred with the National Park Service over the estimate of how many attended his inauguration compared to the audience for the swearing-in of former President Barack Obama.
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