Former President Donald Trump’s MAGA allies are slapping back at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for saying he was above the ‘daily drama’ and chaos that the ex-president inflicted on the nation.
Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller took to Twitter and slammed DeSantis, while sharing the Florida governor’s sit-down with Piers Morgan, which was published earlier Tuesday in The New York Post and will air on Fox Nation’s Piers Morgan Uncensored.
‘Ron DeSantis has finally shown his true colors. An establishment Never Trumper who despises the MAGA base and was faking it the entire time,’ Miller wrote.
Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone chimed in, tweeting: ‘What an extraordinary political miscalculation.’
While Donald Trump Jr. viewed the move as pathetic.
Former President Donald Trump’s (left) MAGA allies are slapping back at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) for saying he was above the ‘daily drama’ and chaos that the ex-president inflicted on the nation
‘Ron DeSantis has finally shown his true colors. An establishment Never Trumper who despises the MAGA base and was faking it the entire time,’ Jason Miller tweeted Tuesday evening
Roger Stone shared DeSantis’ interview with Piers Morgan and called it an ‘extraordinary political miscalculation’
Donald Trump Jr. viewed the move as pathetic in a Tuesday evening tweet
‘Just as radical Dems are indicting Trump & destroying the fabric of our nation with their Police State tactics, DeSantis pathetically runs to the liberal media on orders from his RINO establishment owners to attack my father,’ tweeted Donald Trump Jr., also highlighting Morgan’s interview in The Post. ‘He’s exposing himself as 100% Controlled Opposition!’
The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News Channel, which former President Trump has been increasingly critical of since launching his 2024 bid.
DeSantis hasn’t officially launched a presidential bid, but has taken several digs at Trump since Monday, as the former president looks likely to be indicted over his role in the 2016 hush-money scheme ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
‘I also think just in terms of my approach to leadership, I get personnel in the government who have the agenda of the people and share our agenda,’ he told interviewer Morgan in a sit-down interview at the Florida governor’s mansion.
The pushback came on a day when Trump ally Steve Bannon lectured DeSantis for a ‘weasel approach’ by bringing up the porn star at the center of a looming potential Trump indictment.
‘You bring your own agenda in you’re gone. We’re just not going to have that. So, the way we run the government I think is no daily drama, focus on the big picture and put points on the board and I think that’s something that’s very important,’ DeSantis said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he was ‘fine’ with Trump’s ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ nickname for him, and said he didn’t know how to spell it. He also hit back at the ‘daily drama’ of the Trump White House
‘Do you think you could beat Biden?’ DeSantis was asked. ‘I think so,’ he responded
DeSantis said he was ‘fine’ with Trump’s nickname of Ron DeSanctimonious for him, with the Ivy League educated former Navy lawyer brushing off the slam by saying he doesn’t know what it means.
‘I don’t know how to spell the sanctimonious one. I don’t really know what it means, but I kinda like it. It’s long, it’s got a lot of vowels. We’ll go with that, that’s fine.’
‘I mean you can call me whatever you want, just as long as you also call me a winner because that’s what we’ve been able to do in Florida, is put a lot of points on the board and really take this State to the next level,’ he said – trying to turn the tables on Trump.
He brushed off the daily blasts, which have been increasing in frequency in recent weeks, although Trump maintains a wide poll lead over DeSantis and other potential rivals.
‘To me, it’s just background noise. It’s not important for me to be fighting with people on social media. It’s not accomplishing anything for the people I represent,’ he said, in a reference to Trump’s Twitter battles before millions of followers.
DeSantis re-upped his statements about not knowing about paying off a porn star, in somewhat different language. Trump has repeatedly denied a sexual affair with Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and who says they had an affair in 2006
‘So, we really just focus on knocking out victories, day after day, and if I got involved in all the under tow I would not be able to be an affective Governor,’ he said.
He stood by his repeated statements that he doesn’t know about paying off a ‘porn star’ – something he said twice criticizing the investigation of Trump that could lead to an indictment in Manhattan. He did not repeat the phrase in the interview, however, following a sharp response from Trump and his allies.
‘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,’ he said.
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
DeSantis said Monday he didn’t know ‘what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair.’
Trump ally Steve Bannon called it a ‘weasel approach,’ and Trump responded with a statement that questioned DeSantis’ sexuality.
‘Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about FALSE ACCUSATIONS & FAKE STORIES sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known, when he’s unfairly and illegally attacked by a woman, even classmates that are ‘underage’ (or possibly a man!),’ Trump wrote Monday.
‘I’m sure he will want to fight these misfits just like I do!’ Trump added on his Truth Social platform.
‘The way we run the government I think is no daily drama, focus on the big picture and put points on the board,’ said DeSantis, who added that ‘It’s not important for me to be fighting with people on social media. Here Trump throws a paper towel roll as he visits the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017, in an event that drew criticism online
Trump predicted he could be arrested Tuesday, and is planning a rally in Texas this weekend
DeSantis also said flat out he could beat President Joe Biden, although he again stopped short of saying he would run.
‘Do you think you could beat Biden?’ Morgan asked him.
‘I think so,’ he responded.
‘If I were to run,’ he said, ‘I’m running against Biden. Like we [him and Trump] are competing for the Republican, potentially, I get that, but ultimately you know the guy I’m gonna focus on is Biden because I think he’s failed the country. I think the country wants a change. I think they want a fresh start and a new direction and so we’ll be very vocal about that,’ he said.
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