Donald Trump says Ron DeSantis would be ‘dead in politics’ without him
Ron DeSantis has a quick response to Donald Trump's taunts. Image via AP.

'For whatever reason, I did endorse him.'

Donald Trump claims he never told Ron DeSantis not to run for President in 2024, but argued that without his endorsement in 2018, the Florida Governor would be “dead in politics.”

In an interview with former legal advisor Jenna Ellis on American Family Radio, the former President said DeSantis has “got to do what he’s got to do,” and that he never told the Florida Governor to “stay out” of the 2024 race. But Trump made it clear (again) that he believed his endorsement was key to the former Congressman’s wins over Adam Putnam and Andrew Gillum.

“I just let people know, because I believe in loyalty, that he was at like 3%, he was dead in politics, he was never going to be in office. He was getting ready to leave the race and he came over and asked whether or not it would be possible for me to endorse him,” Trump contended. “For whatever reason, I did endorse him.”

“He was way behind Putnam,” Trump said, before the endorsement allowed DeSantis to come back “from a 30- or 40-point deficit.”

“He would have dropped out very quickly,” Trump argued, before saying “he ended up beating a guy he wasn’t supposed to beat” in Gillum, “because of me.”

“I call that disloyalty,” Trump added. “He’s going to have to do what he’s going to have to do. But I’m a very big believer in loyalty. If somebody gets you in, be loyal to that person.”

Trump did not address the reports here he was calling DeSantis “Meatball Ron” in private, nor did he float claims as he’s done on Truth Social that DeSantis was “grooming” students when teaching at a prep school early in his career. He preferred instead to traffic in a familiar narrative that he made DeSantis who he is and for his trouble was getting a Primary opponent.

DeSantis has continued not to engage Trump in any meaningful way, of course.

“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,” DeSantis said at a press conference earlier this month.

And despite widespread expectations that he will launch a campaign soon after legislative Sine Die this spring, he’s still coy when asked when he might get in.

“Wouldn’t you like to know?” he told a reporter trying to make news in Jacksonville Tuesday.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Earl Pitts American

    February 15, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Good morning America,
    What? Did America miss something? Did Desantis announce that he was running while the entire country was sitting on the toilet? I dont think so. My big fat @ss.
    Thats all I got to say about this subject.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Donald J Trump

    February 15, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Ron DeSanctimonious shined my shoes with his tears after my endorsement. He is a greaseball, not a meatball. I called him a greaseball, a groomer, and an average governor. If he runs against me, I’ll cut him down worse than Charlie Crist did. I’ll even tell everyone how he collaborated with ISIS against coalition forces in Iraq.

    • 82GT

      February 15, 2023 at 8:01 am


      • Patricia Rothberg

        February 15, 2023 at 8:53 am


      • Joe Corsin

        February 16, 2023 at 5:09 pm

        Haley is just another empty suit, cartoon character, and cardboard cutout for the sub-apes to worship. The GOP is an intellectual wasteland.

  • Tom

    February 15, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Looks like mango mussolini hasn’t figured out that his shtik isn’t going to cut it anymore. If he had a shred of self awareness, he’d at least try something new but nope … just the same old boorish nonsense.

  • JD

    February 15, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    Aww… Dr. Frankenstein cannot control his monster?

  • Mac Wiseman

    February 16, 2023 at 7:27 am

    The best thing that could happen is what is going to happen. Basically Desantis will announce he’s not going to run about a year prior to the 2028 election. Until that time Desantis and Trump have made a gentleman’s pact to drive the left more bat$hit crazy by making them obsess on “who’s it gonna be Don or Ron”?????
    There you go your ‘lil peekaboo into what the future holds for all you bat$hit crazy leftists out there. You will 1. Be driven over the edge of just kinda crazy to certified “you need a doctor and a handfull of pills crazy”. 2. Once we disable the most crazy leftists your ilk will be stompped down into the ashes of history using the tried and true divide and conquer methods you all are lamely trying but you all $uck at.
    There you go leftists your peek into the future. You are welcome you lame excuses for humans.

    • JD

      February 16, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      You mean crazy like a “shaman” in a horned headress and a painted face?

      You mean crazy like thinking there are Jewish space lasers?

      You mean crazy like telling peopel to drink bleach?

      You mean crazy like taking de-wormer medicine for livestock because they had covid?

      You mean crazy like a Senator cooking bacon on a machinegun?

      You’re right, we have seen the future and these humans are the lame excuses for being one. Thanks for the crystal ball.

  • ScienceBLVR

    February 16, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Gosh, Mac, tell me you are not just a reconstituted version of Peachy or old “thinks he is a legend” Tom – new Tom is Ok. But Mac, buddy, you need new and varied material to keep our interest, not the same old repetitive tripe. Now, if you throw in a “Manchurian” reference, I’m gonna know I called it. Sigh.. new boss same as the old boss, as they say..

    • JD

      February 16, 2023 at 4:17 pm

      Old Tom was more articulate.

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