Ron DeSantis rips ‘petty’ and ‘juvenile’ Donald Trump attacks

'I don't think that's what voters want.'

Ron DeSantis is retaliating against continued attacks from former President Donald Trump.

During a Thursday morning hit on the Pulse of New Hampshire, the Florida Governor blasted Trump for “petty” and “juvenile” attacks, suggesting that ad hominem tendency is one reason Republicans are out of power.

“I think it’s so petty. I think it’s so juvenile. I don’t think that’s what voters want,” the Governor said.

DeSantis then turned his attention to the holistic critique.

“And honestly, I think that his conduct, which he’s been doing for years now. I think that’s one of the reasons he’s not in the White House now because I think he alienated too many voters for things that really don’t matter,” DeSantis said.

From there, he vowed not to respond in the same spirit.

“I don’t get in the gutter on any of that.”

Trump lampooned the pronunciation of DeSantis’ name Wednesday evening, in his latest in a series of personal attacks.

“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?”

The Governor also took issue with Trump’s apparent alliance with former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Trump and Cuomo seem to agree the Empire State handled the pandemic better than Florida.

“He’s saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York handled COVID better than Florida did under my leadership. And yet people fled Cuomo’s lockdowns to come to Florida by the tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands,” DeSantis said.

“Florida boomed as a result of being one of the nation’s foremost freedom zones. We fought Trump’s own administration to make sure our kids could be in school and our businesses could be open. And so he’s attacking me, siding with Andrew Cuomo in New York over me.

“I think that’s a huge mistake.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Raoul DeSantard

    June 1, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Pot meets kettle.

  • PeterH

    June 1, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Ron DeSantis has made a career of bullying and belittling people!

    Ron thinks he knows what is best for your health! “I know more than doctors!”

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem.

    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 1, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Gankarski only writes and likes gay democrat propaganda .

    • Jay Smif

      June 1, 2023 at 12:35 pm

      It’s Pride Month, bitch – you’re allowed to come out of the closet, angry old man.

    • M. Mouse

      June 1, 2023 at 1:17 pm

      Quoting Trump and DeSantis sounds like gay propaganda to you? What would Freud say about you, dude. Squeak!

  • Jay Smif

    June 1, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Oh yeah, Fascist Ronny D who held an anti-Biden event in “brandon, FL” is whining about petty attacks? Thank god he’s crashing and burning on the national stage as we speak..

  • tom palmer

    June 1, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    I do not know how Gov. DeSantis can criticize pettiness with a straight face.

  • NotRon

    June 1, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    Ronny D is a whiny little bitch cut from the same cloth as Trump. He learned nothing but petty bullshitting at his Ivy League colleges. His military service was a complete waste of time and our tax dollars as he clearly has no idea what he was fighting for. He competed for spots at college and in the military and was about to pull it off. If only they had chosen someone else who might actually do good work. You can choose someone better than Ronny D when you vote.

  • Lex

    June 2, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Trump needs to learn to pick his battles. Trump has the lead, but looking juvenile and spearing your own people is not a great way to win or keep votes. The biggest knock against Trump is an inability to pick the correct fights. While it’s nice that he will fight a lot of fights that other people will not, Trump needs to learn, now that he is a leader, he needs to build up his teammates, not tear them down. If Trump were seen as the bigger man and a man of substance, he could win this election in a heartbeat. He might even be able to put Desantis on his ticket as VP, but the fight will ultimately hurt Trump.

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