On Tuesday, Former President Trump sent a warning shot to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, don’t run for the presidency in 2024.
Interviewing with Fox News Digital, Trump was asked if the pair were in some kind of “tiff,” Trump replied, “There’s not a tiff with me, and I’m way up in the polls,” Trump said. “No, there’s not.”
Trump added in the interview that DeSantis is a “fine guy.”
“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,” Trump said. “I think he would be making a mistake, I think the base would not like it — I don’t think it would be good for the party,” Trump said.
“Any of that stuff is not good — you have other people that possibly will run, I guess,” Trump added. “I don’t know if he runs. If he runs, he runs.”
But then a warning shot was fired.
“I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering,” Trump said of DeSantis. “I know more about him than anybody – other than, perhaps, his wife.”
At a rally in Pennsylvania last weekend, Trump referred to DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
“We’re winning big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody’s ever seen before,” Trump told a crowd in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night before going down the list of other Republicans who could potentially challenge him in 2024.
“There it is, Trump at 71%, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%,” Trump told the crowd while reading polling numbers of multiple Republicans.
But Trump apparently sought to rebound from his swipe of DeSantis.
Campaigning on Sunday in Miami with GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, Trump glossed over his poke at DeSantis just 24 hours earlier, “You’re going to reelect Ron DeSantis as your governor of the state.”
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis easily won a second term Tuesday and further cemented his conservative imprint on the state, amid growing speculation that he will run for the White House in two years.
With First Lady Casey DeSantis at his side, DeSantis appeared before a boisterous crowd at the Tampa Convention Center and said, “I have fought the good fight,” while touting Florida’s stance against federal directives.
“And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict: Freedom is here to stay,” DeSantis said to a roar of cheers.
DeSantis. who ran for re-election with Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, said “we reject woke ideology” and that “while our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track.”
“I believe that the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles. Florida has proved that it can be done,” DeSantis said. “We offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead.”
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