Ron DeSantis says he’s shunning ‘insults,’ urges Donald Trump to ‘be better’

'Don't worry about, you know, how he does his hair, all that, we've got to stop with that.'

Ron DeSantis is saying he wants to take the high road in the race against Donald Trump, saying he won’t resort to “insults” and telling Donald Trump to “be better.”

During a Friday interview on WMUR’s Conversations with the Candidate,” a New Hampshire voter asked DeSantis how he would respond if Trump started to “belittle” him.

“So, here’s the thing, these insults are so phony, these insults are juvenile,” DeSantis said, suggesting the former President’s pugnacity was beneath the dignity of the office.

“That is not the way a great nation should be conducting itself. That is not the way the President of the United States should be conducting himself,” DeSantis intoned, adding that he wanted debates about “issues.”

“I’m not going to insult somebody, somebody’s looks or somebody’s dress or something like that. I wouldn’t teach my kids to treat people like that,” DeSantis said. “We teach our kids to treat people the way you would want to be treated yourself.”

From there, DeSantis recited a litany of grievances against Trump, including a failure to “drain the swamp” and “Anthony Fauci running the country” and failure to “lock Hillary up.”

“Don’t worry about, you know, how he does his hair, all that, we’ve got to stop with that,” DeSantis said, before he said that voters who “do not like what Biden is doing to this country” nonetheless “aren’t going to sign up for a candidate who is behaving like that.”

“So let’s be better. Let’s look higher and let’s set a good standard for our children to follow,” DeSantis said

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


  • ScienceBLVR

    August 4, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    Failure to lock Hillary up? Did DeSantis really say that as an example of Trump’s failures? See, that’s why his primary campaign hopes are sinking.. locking up Hilly is so… yesterday….

  • Mark

    August 4, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    “That is not the way a great nation should be conducting itself. That is not the way the President of the United States should be conducting himself,”

    Considering how enamored you were with him in 2018 – shall I even say showing “unhealthy man love”- I’m shocked, shocked that you now swing the other way. Is it even legal to be bi-political in Floriduh these days? (Asking for a friend).

  • My Take

    August 5, 2023 at 12:13 am

    Perhaps it is best to shun what one lacks the “sharpness” to be good at. Insults should cut. The talented user can ddecide how deeply.

  • Michael K

    August 5, 2023 at 1:42 am

    What a coward. With his campaign speeding into a death spiral, DeSantis is suddenly finding the “courage” to stand up to Trump – even saying Trump lied (well, like sorta kinda), suddenly, Mr never back down is “moderating” after discovering that America hates his radical racist agenda and his smarmy smug arrogance.

    DeSantis is simply a slightly less vulgar version of Trump – a little petty bully who managed to insult, anger and demean large swaths of the populace. There is no kinder gentler DeSantis. He showed us who he is. And he will never be president. Never.

  • Tom

    August 5, 2023 at 7:59 am

    This would be the guy who had his kids on TV commercials shilling for trump right? Now, all of a sudden, trump is a bad person? He must assume everyone else has the attention span of a gnat like he does. That having been said, another month or so and it will be Ron De-Who?

  • TJC

    August 5, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    “…let’s set a good standard for our children to follow,” DeSantis said.
    His standard being to mock and belittle Dr. Fauci for trying to save Floridians’ lives, mock and belittle LGBTQ+ citizens (including children), mock and belittle all Democrats and liberals, mock and belittle women who want control over their own bodies, and so on. Oh no, he would never stoop to juvenile insults like Trump, says Ron. He’s a saint of a man.

    • My Take

      August 5, 2023 at 5:10 pm

      Mock and belittle kids wearing protective masks.

  • Tom

    August 7, 2023 at 7:49 am

    This is what trump looks like ‘being better’:
    “The ‘shocking and totally unexpected’ loss by the US Women’s Soccer Team to Sweden is fully emblematic of what is happening to the [sic] our once great Nation under Crooked Joe Biden. Many of our players were openly hostile to America – No other country behaved in such a manner, or even close. WOKE EQUALS FAILURE. Nice shot Megan, the USA is going to Hell!!! MAGA,” the Republican presidential candidate posted.”

    This coming from the clown who has to ride a golf cart on the world stage at the G7 meeting because he’s so out of condition. Self awareness? Nah – not a shred.

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