DNC uses Donald Trump’s words to drag ‘gutless’ Ron DeSantis

Timing is everything: DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday.

The Democratic National Committee’s “War Room” welcomed Gov. Ron DeSantis to Thursday’s Conservative Political Action Conference with a new video recalling the time Donald Trump implied DeSantis was “gutless.”

The juxtaposition of DeSantis and Trump’s comments some weeks back about COVID-19 booster vaccines stands as a potent reminder of the simmering conflict between the former President and his understudy-turned-rival.

The video begins with Trump discussing the matter in an interview with Dan Ball of One America News, needling politicians who wouldn’t say if they had gotten booster shots.

“Well, I’ve taken it,” Trump said. “I’ve had the booster. … I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ — because they had the vaccine. And they’re answering like — in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless. You gotta say it, whether you had it or not. Say it.”

Trump was responding to an interview where DeSantis gave a non-answer on the booster.

“I’ve done whatever I did, the normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people’s individual decisions about what they want to do,” DeSantis said when asked if he had received a booster shot by host Maria Bartiromo on Dec. 19.

However, the DNC ad focused instead on comments from a subsequent DeSantis press conference.

“That’s something that, you know, I think people should just make their own decisions on,” DeSantis responded. “I’m not going to let that be a weapon for people to be able to use. I think it’s a private matter.”

The DeSantis/Trump dynamic will be tested at CPAC. DeSantis speaks Thursday, sandbagged in a midday time slot, while Trump gets a Saturday evening keynote. National observers will be watching out for the ultimate news from the weekend, meanwhile: the CPAC straw poll.

Last year, Trump was the choice of 55% of attendees, and DeSantis 21%, if both men were running. But without Trump in the field, DeSantis was the choice of 43%, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem far behind at 11%.

What will this year hold? Democrats don’t seem to have a dog in the fight, but they clearly relish the conflict between the 45th President and the man many Republicans want to supplant him as the GOP standard-bearer going forward.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Frankie M.

    February 24, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds legit…I don’t know if I’d want Trump to be a character witness for me though. Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.

  • Frankie M.

    February 24, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    If you’re scared Ronnie say you’re scared. Oh wait he just said it.

  • zhombre

    February 24, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    DNC propaganda and slander directed against DeSantis, a state governor whom they fear. This pathological lying plays well with the demented Dem base, people like Frankie M.

    • Tom

      February 26, 2022 at 8:07 am

      Couldn’t agree more zHombre.
      What a crock. Alzie Biden, Sock it Psaki, made Gov Ron, America’s Gov.

      The Dems fear him and know he’s sparking Repub. and conservative revival. He is the energy and conservative conscience leader through his actions and successes as

      Gov. Biden’s 36% approval ensures America’s Gov re-election. Good job Biden and DNC.

  • politics

    February 24, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I say this Donald needs to shut his mouth he is not Russian or anything Donald wants a opportunity at the wrong savvy time

  • politics

    February 24, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    really that mob act is not working

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