Donald Trump: ‘I was at the beginning of Ron DeSantis’

Trump DeSantis
Did Trump create DeSantis? He certainly likes to take credit.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump praised Gov. Ron DeSantis, while also taking credit for the Governor’s political ascent and stopping short again of promising DeSantis the number two spot on a prospective presidential ticket in 2024.

“I was at the beginning of Ron. I was the first one to endorse him,” Trump reminded a national audience.

Trump made the comments Monday during an interview on the Fox Business Network’s “Varney and Co.,” after extolling Florida’s pandemic response under DeSantis.

Host Stuart Varney, a veteran broadcaster familiar with working Trump interviews, pressed Trump on whether DeSantis would meet muster as a running mate. However, the former President was too cagey to commit when asked if he would “consider” running with Florida’s Governor.

“Sure, I would. But there are numerous people who are great. I would certainly consider Ron,” Trump said, before reminding viewers of his role in DeSantis’ 2018 election.

“I was at the beginning of Ron. I was the first one to endorse him when he came out as a Congressman that a lot of people didn’t know. My endorsement helped him tremendously. And I know him very well. He’s a great guy,” Trump said.

“We have other great people. You look at some of the people, Republican people that have done a great job with states,” Trump said. “You don’t see that with the Democrats.”

Trump has said DeSantis would be “considered” before.

Trump’s comments continue a theme of reminding audiences that he was an early endorser of DeSantis, a running trend since the 2018 campaign for Florida Governor.

“I don’t want to brag about it, but man, do I have a good record of endorsements,” Trump told a crowd in West Virginia. “In Florida, we have a great candidate, his name is Ron DeSantis, and he called me, and asked whether or not I could endorse him.”

“I said ‘Let me check it out,’ This was a few months ago. He was at three, and I gave him a nice shot, and a nice little tweet — bing bing — and he went from three to like twenty something.”

Trump kicked off the DeSantis boomlet late in 2017, when he tweeted a pro-DeSantis message, saying he “would make a great governor of Florida.”

The comments on DeSantis Monday came after Trump lauded Florida for its virus response during the Fox Business segment.

“You’re going to be in a position where if you go down to Florida, I spend a lot of time in Florida, if you go down to Florida it really is, they’ve done a really good job, Ron’s done a really good job. It really is as though you don’t see it. You don’t see it,” Trump ruminated. “People feel free in Florida, I can tell you that. And they feel that way in Texas.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • zhombre

    June 7, 2021 at 11:22 am

    DESANTIS 2024.

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  • John

    June 7, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Trump appointed Sessions and Barr. They both ran out the clock on the prosecutions of Hillary and all the other criminals of the obama/soros era. Trump also brought us Faucey and his kill shots.
    Are we better with the current paper cut out president, hell no but Trump was a fraud and proved it many times over. Just look at his CFR appointments and towing the globalist line where it counted.

    Reply

  • Stephen P Johnson

    June 7, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    treasonous

    reprehensible

    UNSCRUPULOUS

    manipulating

    psychopath

    Reply

  • trumptard

    June 7, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    desantis = pedos and loves commie

    Reply

  • PeterH

    June 8, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Democrats need to wrap Donald Trump around Ron DeSantis’s neck and define the similarities. Informed Americans will never vote for such grifters. Every time DeSantis opens his mouth he reminds Floridians of Trump and his Trump’s ship of insurrectionist fools.

    Real conservatives should join us at the Lincoln Project and help develop new strategies to rid America of the remaining vestiges of the Republican Party. Our political system can and will survive very well for a decade or two without the GQP.

    This pariah party of intolerance must be given the time and opportunity to reform itself …… so it can enhance the American experience for ALL Americans…… not just white Americans.

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    • Bob Eglinton

      June 10, 2021 at 12:06 am

      you need psychiatric help

      Reply

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