Trump comes out swinging over DeSantis interview, claims Florida does not measure up to other states

Former President Donald J. Trump reacted to remarks made by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis during an interview with Piers Morgan, a chat where the ascending conservative star mildly criticized his leadership style, the equivalent of waving a red cape in front of an angry bull.

During the sit-down with the British journalist which is set to air on Fox Nation’s “Piers Morgan Uncensored” on Thursday, the Sunshine State Republican who has stayed above the fray despite months of nasty attacks by Trump and his surrogates, broke form with his strongest remarks on the embattled GOP 2024 frontrunner yet, suggesting that Trump spends too much time “fighting with people on social media” and that his own leadership would be free from the “daily drama” that swirls around the ex-POTUS.

DeSantis also said that he would have given Dr. Anthony Fauci the hook, unlike Trump who allowed the loose-cannon career bureaucrat to careen around the deck during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, a crucial period of Trump’s presidency when the historic pandemic was weaponized against him by his political foes while the celebrity immunologist became a Resistance hero for constantly undercutting his boss.

On Wednesday, Trump came out swinging against his top rival for the Republican Party nomination, blasting his interview with Morgan as a move made out of desperation by “Ron DeSanctimonious,” a favored nickname for the prospective White House candidate.

“While I am fighting against Radical Left Lunatics, Persecutors, and unfair Prosecutors who want to destroy us all, Ron DeSanctimonious is not working for the people of Florida as he should be, he is too busy chatting with a Ratings Challenged TV Host from England, desperately trying to rescue his failing Campaign—But it’s my fault, I put him there!” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.

(Image: Screengrab: Truth Social)

“Ron DeSanctimonious is running—without running! He’s doing this to subvert Election Law. Run Ron, Run! Others have done it before, though, so I can’t really blame him—But he should take a look at his Polls, which are crashing like few people have seen before. That’s because he’s merely an average REPUBLICAN Governor who has great Public Relations, far better than deserved,” the wounded ex-POTUS added in another Truth Social post. “When you look at the Florida #’s compared to other States, you will not be impressed—I will release them later in the day!”

(Image: Screengrab: Truth Social)

If being labeled “Ron DeSanctimonious” has gotten under DeSantis’ skin, he sure didn’t show it, joking with Morgan about Trump’s moniker as well as “Meatball Ron,” another endearing nickname used by the former president.

“I don’t know how to spell ‘DeSanctimonious,’” he joked. “I don’t really know what it means, but you know, I kind of like it. It’s long. It’s got a lot of vowels. I mean, we’d go with that. That’s fine. You know, you can call me whatever you want. I mean, just as long as you, you know, also call me a winner.”

This week marks a new phase in the once cordial relationship between that two conservative titans with DeSantis drawing howls of rage from Team Trump for his remarks during a Monday news conference when he was asked by a reporter to weigh in on Trump’s being railroaded over a “hush money” payment to pole dancer and adult film star Stormy Daniels by vindictive Soros-backed Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.

“And so, you’re talking about this situation with… and I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair. I just… I can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said, a comment that drew heavy fire from MAGA influencers and Trump associates.

One thing is for sure, the gloves are now off and many conservatives are dreading the coming battle that they fear will inflict serious damage on whoever emerges from what promises to be a bare-knuckled brawl in the Republican primaries while the Democrats will be able to just lay back, lick their chops and enjoy the show.

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