Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is running out of time to make a decision about 2024, but his recent comments may have tipped his hand to us in a major way.
DeSantis is already facing legal action from a Donald Trump-aligned Super PAC that is accusing the Sunshine State lawmaker of running a “shadow campaign” that isn’t required to adhere to the regular rules of presidential campaigning.
Now, with pressure continuing to mount on DeSantis, the former Trump devotee is going on the offensive.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is shrugging off former President Donald Trump’s wave of social media attacks against him.
“To me, it’s just background noise,” DeSantis told British journalist Piers Morgan, according to Morgan’s recap of the interview published in the New York Post on Tuesday evening.
“It’s not important for me to be fighting with people on social media,” DeSantis said, adding that he’s staying focused on “knocking out victories” in Florida.
This was just the latest in a long war of words between the two.
“Ron DeSanctimonious is dropping in the Polls so fast that he soon may be falling behind young Vivek Ramaswamy,” Trump wrote in one such recent post. “Also, Florida did great long before DeSanctus came along, got my ‘coveted’ Endorsement, shot up like a rocket, and won!”
DeSantis addressed the new nickname during the interview. “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.
DeSantis didn’t stop there…
“At the end of the day as a leader, you really want to look to people like our Founding Fathers, like what type of character, it’s not saying that you don’t ever make a mistake in your personal life, but I think what type of character are you bringing?” DeSantis told Morgan. “I think the person is more about how you handle your public duties and the kind of character you bring to that endeavor.”
Pundits have long suggested that DeSantis’ reluctance to enter the race at current could be an attempt to hold out for a possible indictment of Donald Trump.
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