Trump Mocks DeSantis as Average Governor and Criticizes His Handling of Covid-19
On Wednesday(March 23, 2023), former President Trump continued his attacks on his probable opponent in the 2024 presidential race, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, over comments he made to Piers Morgan earlier in the week criticizing Trump’s character and leadership style.
“Now that Ron DeSanctimonious is finally admitting he’s in the Race by beginning to fight back, and now that his Polls have crashed so he has no other choice, let me explain the facts,” “He is, for a Republican, an average Governor, he got 1.2 million less Votes in Florida than me,” Trump continued. “Florida has been successful for many years, long before I put Ron there—It’s amazing what Ocean and Sunshine will do!”
In attacking DeSantis, Trump claimed that Florida is “among the worst in the country” regarding education and crime because of DeSantis’ support for lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tensions between the two Republicans have been rising for some time.
Still, they boiled out on Monday(March 22, 2023) after DeSantis commented on the possibility of an indictment of Trump for the hush payments he reportedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a p*rn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair — I just, I can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said at a press conference while condemning Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as a “Soros-funded prosecutor” who is “pursuing a political agenda.”
In an interview with Piers Morgan later that day, set to appear on Fox Nation on Thursday, DeSantis reiterated his earlier statements. DeSantis told Morgan-
“Well, there’s a lot of speculation about what the underlying conduct is. That is purported to be it, and the reality is that’s just outside my wheelhouse. “I mean that’s just not something that I can speak to.”
The governor of Florida outlined his differences with the former president, including the fact that he would have fired Dr. Anthony Fauci and does not put up with “everyday drama” in the Oval Office. “Well, I think there’s a few things. The approach to COVID was different. I would have fired somebody like Fauci. I think he got way too big for his britches, and I think he did a lot of damage,” DeSantis told Morgan.
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“In terms of my approach to leadership, I get personnel in the Government who have the agenda of the people and share our agenda. You bring your own agenda in you’re gone. We’re just not going to have that.” No one from DeSantis’s office immediately responded to a request to comment on Trump’s new critique on Wednesday night.
Speculation about whether or not DeSantis will run for president in 2024 is rampant due to his visits to early-voting areas like Iowa and Nevada and his planned visit to New Hampshire next month.
A poll conducted by Monmouth University and released on Tuesday(March 23, 2023) showed that Trump’slead over DeSantis has grown in recent months, with 41% of Republican voters choosing the former president and 27% favoring the Florida governor. In December, DeSantis led Trump by 13%, and by February, the two were tied.