Florida’s Governor again is attempting to take the high road against increasingly sharp attacks from former President Donald Trump.
Whether he’s succeeding is a different matter.
Ron DeSantis told reporters and supporters in Ocala that he wasn’t spending time “trying to smear other Republicans,” in response to posts from Trump on Truth Social that included the amplification of allegations that the Governor was “grooming high school girls with alcohol” during his short-lived, pre-politics stint as a college preparatory academy teacher.
“So here’s what I’d say about all of that. I get that you guys want the controversy,” DeSantis said. He then contended that despite hosting a roundtable Tuesday setting up a potential increase of penalties for media “defamation,” that it wouldn’t apply in this case because he has a “platform to fight back” as Governor.
While he didn’t mention Trump’s name, his pique with the former President was clear by the end of the response to the reporter’s question.
“I’d also just say this. I spend my time delivering results for the people of Florida and fighting against Joe Biden. That’s how I spend my time. I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans.”
While DeSantis goes high, Trump continued to go low the day before, as the former President re-truthed a poster commenting on a picture of DeSantis and former students.
“Ron DeSantis was having a ‘drink’ party with his students when he was a high school teacher. Having drinks with underage girls and cuddling with them certainly look pretty gross and ephebophiliaesque,” went the description.
Trump responded, “No way?”
Then, a second re-truth on a post with text on the image stating, “Here is Ron DeSanctimonious grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher.”
“That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!” Trump responded sarcastically.
Trump’s timing seems more than coincidental, amid news that allies of DeSantis are forming a super PAC ahead of an expected run for the White House beginning later this year.
Trump had taken nearly a week off from attacks on DeSantis, with the last barrage being at the beginning of February, when he took to his Truth Social account to whack DeSantis as a “globalist” and a “RINO” (Republican in name only).
Prior to that, Trump posted a video of then-Congressman DeSantis citing former House Speaker Paul Ryan as a model, continuing a stream of invective on the so-called “globalist” Governor.
DeSantis has tried, as he did Wednesday, to remain above the fray when compelled to respond to Trump’s goading, such as during a recent press conference in Southwest Florida when the Governor avoided attacking Trump by name.
“What I would just say is this: I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles, it’s been happening for many, many years,” DeSantis said, before pointing out that he was re-elected, presenting a contrast to one-term Trump.
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February 8, 2023 at 1:50 pm
Ron is a groomer, and his parties insistence on tracking the menstrual cycles on underage girls is absolute proof of this.
Why else is this weird pervert so interested in the private parts of high school age girls?
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February 8, 2023 at 4:14 pm
Ron DeSanctimonious better not even think about running against me. He begged for my endorsement and shined my shoes with his tears afterwards. I’ll cut him down to the ground worse than Charlie Crist if he runs.
Dems are ALL groomers
February 8, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Why you leftards so scared? Couldn’t be because Joe is senile right?
February 8, 2023 at 7:42 pm
It’s weird how all the actual cases of groomers has come from the right. DeSantis, Gaetz, and Trump even said that he once wanted to f*ck his own daughter.
February 9, 2023 at 6:50 am
Groomer your governor probably would have looked better if he didn’t have all those pampers beside him lol
February 9, 2023 at 2:09 pm
Found the groomer.
February 9, 2023 at 5:50 pm
Here’s a MAGAt: The 47-year-old principal of a Christian school in Tennessee has been arrested for the second time over sexual activity with multiple minors and has been slapped with 11 additional charges. Also charged is 28-year-old Brittney Branham, a secretary and homeschool coordinator at Liberty.
Your turn: Do a Dem “groomer”
February 8, 2023 at 4:49 pm
DeSantis is correct to ignore Trump. Sounds like the media attacks he is always whining about.
They like it
February 9, 2023 at 6:51 am
I know you republicans like ‘em young.
Trumps honest about that at least. Since he’s one himself. So he knows his own lol
February 10, 2023 at 2:52 pm
Ron, quit running from the voters. You owe Floridians an explanation of your inappropriate behavior at Darlington School. There are witnesses, victims, and at least one photo.
Is that why you taught for only one year ? Is that what’s behind your grooming obsession?
February 11, 2023 at 8:25 am
Your people want a fighter not a coward.
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