Donald Trump trashes Ron DeSantis as ‘average Republican Governor’
As Donald Trump falls in Florida, Ron DeSantis rises.

Trump DeSantis
'And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games!'

Former President Donald Trump has removed all ambiguity about his feelings about Ron DeSantis.

In a searing statement from Trump’s Save America PAC, Trump unleashed on DeSantis as just an “average Republican Governor” propped up by Fox News and related properties.

“NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average — middle of the pack — including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!”

Trump is trying to undercut the DeSantis mythos on COVID-19 mitigation strategies. As those who were here in 2020 remember, DeSantis closed schools, bars and other non-essential businesses for a period of time before making the move to open back up ahead of many other states.

From that bit of business, Trump turned to the 2018 race for Governor, again telling the story of how DeSantis cajoled him into an endorsement.

“Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017 — he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers. Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot, Ron.’ When I Endorsed him, it was as though, to use a bad term, a nuclear weapon went off,” Trump related.

“Years later, they were the exact words that Adam Putnam used in describing Ron’s Endorsement. He said, ‘I went from having it made, with no competition, to immediately getting absolutely clobbered after your Endorsement.’ I then got Ron by the ‘Star’ of the Democrat Party, Andrew Gillum (who was later revealed to be a ‘Crack Head’), by having two massive Rallies with tens of thousands of people at each one. I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart,” the former President continues.

Indeed, Trump consultant Susie Wiles was key in getting DeSantis through the formidable challenge posed by Gillum. For her trouble, DeSantis’ political operation jettisoned her soon after he took office.

Trump claimed he stopped the election from being “stolen” in Broward County from there: “I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen.”

“And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he’s going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, ‘I’m only focused on the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future.’ Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that’s really not the right answer,” Trump asserted.

Trump wasn’t done, however. He took to Truth Social to blast a losing DeSantis-endorsed Colorado Senate candidate: “He didn’t have my support but Ron DeSanctimonious and RINOS were all in. He could have won, but had a Death Wish. Very little press coverage of his loss!”

DeSantis has not engaged an increasingly vexed and vocal Trump, despite having a rapid response operation at the ready. Thursday’s statement was the latest shot in a series of Trumpian blasts of the Governor.

Trump took to Truth Social to diminish DeSantis’ accomplishment Wednesday.

“Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?”

Trump derided DeSantis on NewsNation and Fox News in reports that ran Election Day. He recycled his claim that he carried DeSantis to the Governor’s Mansion in 2018 and threatened to spill secrets about the Governor should DeSantis run in 2024.

“He was not going to be able to even be a factor in the race. And as soon as I endorsed him, within moments, the race was over,” Trump said. “I got him the nomination. He didn’t get it. I got it, because the minute I made that endorsement, he got it.”

“Then he ran, and he wasn’t supposed to be able to win,” Trump said, describing the Governor’s race against Democrat Andrew Gillum. “I did two rallies, we had 52,000 people each one and he won. I thought that he could have been more gracious. But that’s up to him.”

“I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife,” Trump added, per Fox News.

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


25 comments

  • JoAnn Burns

    November 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    This is really making me doubt Donald Trump and I was a huge fan. After the last few days, if I had to pick one, it would be DeSantis. Ron is a fantastic governor and would be a terrific presidential candidate. He has the right stuff.

    • Dancer

      November 10, 2022 at 10:59 pm

      Stay a huge fan of Trump! He knows what he’s doing. He made Ron D., who was a benchwarmer in Congress, into the big darling he is now. Trump is right to let people know how shallow and thankless and clueless about playing with the really big boys Ron D. is. Trump knows how to be a great POTUS, and we need him more now than ever. Ron D. takes the help of professionals, then dumps them. You ditch people on the way up, you’re going to be totally friendless on the way down. Ron isn’t Trump. He needs people and a lot of help.

  • Peter Sarasota

    November 10, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    DeSantis has been a decent governor for budget, Covid, and hurricane support. But awful with social issues. Everything is based on his male life, as if his life defines everything that’s decent. He is anti everything social, anti-gay, antiabortion. If he had been born female, she would be a great president. But he is pushing his experience down the throats of everyone different from him. I hope it costs him the presidency.

    • Floriduh Today

      November 10, 2022 at 11:10 pm

      THE SLIPPERY SLOPE

      Let us get married

      Bake our cake

      Use our pronouns

      Allow minors to dance for us in drag

      Let teachers choose your kids gender

      Let doctors and big pharma sexually mutilate your kids for fun and profit and make them mentally ill for life

      Let government cancel anyone who speaks out or disagrees

      BUT YES PLEASE CONTINUE WITH YOUR ENLIGHTENED COMMENTS ABOUT “PUSHING HIS EXPERIENCE DOWN THE THROATS OF EVERYONE DIFFERENT FROM HIM.” Also, not allowing abortion up to the time of birth is stochastic terrorism! If only he could trans himself into a woman and change his pronouns it would be great because all women are cool with that!

      • LadyisaTramp

        November 11, 2022 at 6:24 pm

        You don’t even need a slope.. You fell right off the Cliff of Idiocy into the Sewer of FKG Idiocy .

        DOCTORS ARE NOT DOING ABORTIONS AT BIRTH.
        STOP SPREADING ANTI-ABORTIONIST LIES.
        ALL WOMEN WANT THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THEIR BODY.
        EJACULATE RESPONSIBLY!

        • Dan

          November 12, 2022 at 8:50 am

          If they aren’t doing abortions at birth anyway, why do you and feminists fight so hard against bans on late term abortions?

          By the way, you want the government out of your body? You liberals didn’t seem to care when the government was trying to force injections into our bodies. You were cheering for that. I guess in your liberal world the only people who get freedom over their bodies is liberal pregnant women who want to slice up their babies.

          • marylou

            November 12, 2022 at 11:22 am

            Sorry this is so long:
            I, like many progressives, did not want the government or employers to force you to get the vaccine. Everyone has the right to bodily autonomy and integrity and freedom from government interference in our personal lives.That said, I doubt many Republican women would honestly tell you getting a vaccine and having and raising a baby are comparable.

            Over 91% of abortions are 1st trimester. Besides health reasons, 2nd trimester abortions are mostly the result of the cost and difficulty of obtaining an abortion in the US, especially for poor women. Unnecessary regulations and mandatory wait requirements add time, sometimes pushing women from a 1st trimester abortion into the 2nd trimester. Other women don’t even find out that they are pregnant until the 2nd trimester.

            For very late pregnancy abortions, I’ve been unable to locate the exact 2022 #, but in 2013 only 4 doctors in the country provided these abortions. The latest abortions are to save the mother and/or the fetus’s life, or when the fetus has a condition that will cause the baby to die shortly after birth, often painfully and without dignity. Some fetuses are missing brains or skulls, or have no legs and arms. Mostly they are wanted pregnancies where the parents have named the baby-to-be. They’ve assembled the crib, painted the nursery, and have toys and blankets from their baby shower. Their friends and family are happy for them.

            “After birth abortions”– a ridiculous term– or “letting the baby die” that anti-abortionists use to smear all abortions are the most tragic. When parents are told their baby will die shortly after being born, with no hope of living, many choose to hold their newborn for the short time they have together. Parents want their baby’s brief life to be filled with love, peace, and warmth. Antiabortionists want to snatch the baby from the grieving parents’ arms and send her to the NICU where doctors will perform painful futile procedures in a cold, bright, noisy, room full of strangers. These babies are stuck with needles, attached to wires and cords, and will lie alone in a plastic box– for their entire lives of hours, days, or sometimes weeks.

            The anti-abortion industry collects money from not just extremists but also from well meaning, caring people who want what’s right for babies and women. We’re just not given a lot of information about abortion or even pregnancy in our everyday lives. Anti-abortionists wave around signs with pictures of three month old babies, although most abortions take place when an embryo or fetus is a tiny unidentifiable “potential”, like an acorn that could become a tree. But that’s how the industry’s leaders make their money and support themselves and their organizations.

  • Joe Corsin

    November 10, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Get em Donald! For once I agree with Trump on something. Go Trump!!! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!

    • John Dunn

      November 10, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      REALLY?!! TRUMP IS LIKE A 60 YEAR TODDLER WHEN HE CANT GET HIS WAY!!! RON DESTANTIS ISNT EVEN TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENCY. ITS THE NEW MEDIA FOX NEW, THE NEW YORK POST. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT WANT RON DESTANTIS AS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE AND NOT TRUMP. AND I HAVE TO ASK MYSELF WHY? OHH BECAUSE HE IS A FREAKIN TODDLER!!!!!!!

  • Joseph Que

    November 10, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    UNDESIRABLE MAGAS ALL!!!

  • Debra

    November 10, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Why would anyone proclaim sanity be adverse about feeding children. Being raped by a stranger or relative(dad,brother etc) or have a child with disability born into life of pain. Not all kids some with real painful diseases not be aborted. I can’t see how you would vote him into office. Shame on y’all Floridians. All the arguments yet secretly you believed in his blankety blankety lies uncaring fiend. Voted him in!!!!!

  • Guy Swinton Jr

    November 11, 2022 at 6:53 am

    I used to like Ron but he’s gone downhill lately. I actually hate Ron DeSantis so much. Lying Ted Cruz was the same. Trump clearly has a lot of dirt on R.D. but he’ll save it for the primary. Once Trump gets him on side with the Cruz-treatment I’ll forget this ever happened and regardless of what R.D.’s dirt is it can be forgiven. It might just be a bluff – The Art of the Deal. I’m hopeful Trump will say we should like him again so I can like him again.

    • Bill

      November 11, 2022 at 8:07 am

      “Trump clearly has a lot of dirt on R.D.” – that’s a hard one to call. trump lies like most people draw breath and RD has been around a while without any scandal so guess we’ll see. If nothing else, it will be entertaining to watch for a while.

      • marylou

        November 12, 2022 at 8:03 am

        Desantis’s year teaching high school at Darlington School in Georgia could lead to a few scandals. A few weeks ago former students revealed Ron’s multiple instances of inappropriate behavior—in and out of the classroom.

        Cruel jokes against students, partying with teenagers drinking alcohol, false facts and teaching students his own personal religious beliefs in his classroom, Civil War misinformation and inaccuracies, and more. Got to be something to see there…

  • Joe Corsin

    November 11, 2022 at 6:57 am

    If Trump gets the nomination then he will lose the presidential election again. Go Trump! Down with right wing police state governor Ron DeSanctimonious!

    • Bill

      November 11, 2022 at 7:35 am

      Reminds me of the old LBJ joke:
      “There was a fellow in Johnson City who wanted to be a district engineer. To test him, the boss asked what he would do if he saw two trains coming at each other on a single track at 60 miles an hour. The fellow thought about it for a while and said, ‘I’d go home and get my brother.’

      “Why would you do that,” the boss asked.

      “‘My brother ain’t never seen a train wreck,’ he said.”

      • Joe Corsin

        November 11, 2022 at 9:41 am

        I can’t wait to see Hitler vs Mini Hitler. Godzilla vs King Kong. For many years I was depressed by the destruction of the USA but now I’ve learned to be entertained by it. We’re in Ancient Rome.

  • Andrew Linko

    November 11, 2022 at 10:52 am

    This is great acting, much better than the apprentice. When the cult has their convention, the DeVos family, proud boys, oathkeepers will back a Trump, DeSantis ticket. Even the poll dancer Kelly Ann Conway stated they will run together!

  • Andrew Linko

    November 12, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Trump May run, but since the majority of his cabinet and staff were indicted, he I’ll have to find new criminal minds.

  • Tom

    November 12, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Your all Fk’d hard! DeSantis 60%, couldn’t happen to a better bunch of panty waist haters.
    Florida Dems lost for a generation. Dems, Hispanics, independents, Hispanics, Repub coalition.
    Linko, corsin, bill, Mary hootch, taking it hard up the pie hole! Enjoy! Losers.

  • Tom

    November 12, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Your all Fk’d hard! DeSantis 60%, couldn’t happen to a better bunch of panty waist haters.
    Florida Dems lost for a generation. Dems, Hispanics, independents, Hispanics, Repub coalition.
    Linko, corsin, bill, Mary hootch, taking it hard up the pie hole! Enjoy! Losers.

  • Don Le'mone

    November 12, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Don and Ron are just having a little sport with you leftys. Its so entertaining to watch you simpletons on the left. As perdicted your small brains are lapping it up like mother’s milk.

  • just sayin

    November 15, 2022 at 10:05 am

    The media is going to keep propping up Trump, giving him hundreds of thousands hours of free airtime, and then pretend to wonder how Americans could be so dumb and evil as to support him.

  • Andrew T. Linko

    November 15, 2022 at 10:34 am

    You are so spot on, the 5 companies that own the media, made more money covering Trump without any accountability what his leadership or lack of could do to this country, and the world. Look it up, before being elected, the media outlets proclaimed his being in the spotlight was ‘good for profits’. 500,000 American dead, be we have fatter 40(k)s! So that’s good for Amerika!

  • tom palmer

    November 15, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    One of the other LB jokes was that if we voted for Goldwater we’d be in war in six months. We voted for Goldwater and darn if we weren’t’

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