Trump Attacks DeSantis, Says Governor Might Be Working At ‘Pizza Hut’ Without His Endorsement
“Remember this: If it weren’t for me, Ron DeSanctimonious would right now be working probably at a law firm, or maybe a Pizza Hut, I don’t know,” Trump told reporters.
The rhetoric may implicitly suggest that Trump sees DeSantis, a potential Republican challenger who has not announced his presidential candidacy for the 2024 race, as a credible foe.
The new insults against DeSantis indicate how Trump will run his reelection campaign.
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The two conservative presidential hopefuls remain largely aligned on policy – criticizing aid to Ukraine and rejecting LGBT representation in public spaces – making the chilly rhetoric the main difference between the campaigns.
Trump criticized the governor to reporters while traveling to another campaign stop in Iowa. He continued his jibes on a flight home to West Palm Beach, Florida.
The former President pointed out that his endorsement of DeSantis was a boon for the Florida governor’s political career. He claimed responsibility for the gubernatorial win, saying DeSantis’ campaign was “dead as a dog” before his endorsement.
“When I endorsed him, the race was indeed over, but it was over for him,” Trump said.
While the insults are lobbed from the Trump campaign toward DeSantis, the DeSantis camp has remained silent about Trump’s slights.
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