Donald Trump’s latest diss: Mocking pronunciation of Ron DeSantis’s last name

Trump DeSantis
'He is demanding that people call him DeeeSantis, rather than DaSantis.'

The personal attacks continue in the Republican presidential race with Donald Trump now taking issue with how Ron DeSantis pronounces his name.

On Wednesday evening, shortly before the Governor took the stage for the fourth time in Iowa, the former President dragged DeSantis’ variance on Truth Social.

“Have you heard that ‘Rob’ DeSanctimonious wants to change his name, again. He is demanding that people call him DeeeSantis, rather than DaSantis. Actually, I like ‘Da’ better, a nicer flow, so I am happy he is changing it. He gets very upset when people, including reporters, don’t pronounce it correctly. Therefore, he shouldn’t mind, DeSanctimonious?”

Florida Politics reached out to the DeSantis campaign for comment, but has not received a response. However, that is not surprising, given that the Orlando Sentinel also was thwarted in its attempt to receive comment on the issue of divergent pronunciations last month.

The issue has been spotlighted lately in various media outlets, including in Business Insider, which noted that Trump amplified a Truth Social post calling attention to the differing pronunciations back in March.

“He was flipping,” University of North Florida pollster Michael Binder told the outlet. “He was Deh-Santis one time and Dee-Santis another time. I had thought that we settled on Deh-Santis but every now and then a Dee-Santis pops up. And it’s not popping up in the media or from surrogates, but it’s coming out from his own mouth, so it’s very confusing.”

The Daily Dot noted that, “in a video revealing his plans to enter the presidential race, DeSantis seems to pronounce his last name as ‘Dee-Santis.’ Yet in a separate video from earlier that the Governor reshared upon his presidential launch, Casey, while discussing her husband, seems to pronounce the politician’s last name as ‘Duh-Santis.’ Although the difference may seem minor, the issue has quickly become a widely debated topic online.”

While DeSantis’ current staff isn’t touching the issue at this writing, his previous comms director back in 2018 asserted the current Governor “prefers Dee-Santis.”

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


  • Suze

    June 1, 2023 at 7:03 am

    I prefer DeathSantis from all those he killed from his anti science views

    • C. GEEE

      June 2, 2023 at 6:56 am


  • Dr. Eddison Walters

    June 1, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Not exactly the great economic track record on the economy DeSantis is trying to sell to the country. For people who have money, Florida is a great place to live. Wait until working people who think Florida is so great start looking for home and find the cost along with insurance and property taxes then compare it to the wages in Florida that average less than $38,000 per year. With the highest cost of housing in the United States in 2022, they find out very quickly that for working people in Florida life is not so great. Study: Florida in the bottom half of best states to raise a family:…/study-florida-in…/

    • C. GEEE

      June 2, 2023 at 6:56 am


  • Michael K

    June 1, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    I thought it was pronounced Ron-duh.

  • tom palmer

    June 1, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Move on;that’s a non-issue

    • Donvanka

      June 1, 2023 at 11:07 pm

      It’s an issue. Proves he’s not presidential material. Not at all. More bush league BS from RondaDee!!!

      • C. GEEE

        June 2, 2023 at 6:59 am

        Only a fool of a gov would attack the largest company in their state that pays the most taxes, employs the most people (after the Publix chain), and brings millions of tourists into their state each year that spend millions of dollars on vacations.

        Nope…..he is not governor material let alone presidential material.

  • Tjb

    June 1, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    It is pronounced… .Dictatordesantis. Duh!

  • John Barron

    June 1, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    What kind of coward won’t tell the world how to pronounce his name? Is this junior high lunchroom behavior supposed to make him looks smart?? It’s making him look inept!! If he can’t answer that question how can he lead America??!! Just another sad attempt to imitate Trump!!!

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