Ron DeSantis once joked about Donald Trump trial. Now he’s condemning guilty verdict

'Like, I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair.'

The dynamic between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the man who defeated him in the 2024 presidential race is strong by many accounts, with the Governor committing to fundraise for Donald Trump.

Consistent with that, DeSantis offered a fiery defense of Trump after the former President’s historic conviction on 34 counts in a New York court.

“Today’s verdict represents the culmination of a legal process that has been bent to the political will of the actors involved: a leftist prosecutor, a partisan judge and a jury reflective of one of the most liberal enclaves in America — all in an effort to ‘get’ Donald Trump. That this case—involving alleged misdemeanor business records violations from nearly a decade ago — was even brought is a testament to the political debasement of the justice system in places like New York City. This is especially true considering this same district attorney routinely excuses criminal conduct in a way that has endangered law-abiding citizens in his jurisdiction,” DeSantis said on social media.

“It is often said that no one is above the law, but it is also true that no one is below the law. If the defendant were not Donald Trump, this case would never have been brought, the judge would have never issued similar rulings, and the jury would have never returned a guilty verdict. In America, the rule of law should be applied in a dispassionate, even-handed manner, not become captive to the political agenda of some kangaroo court.”

In the context of the revived Trump-DeSantis dynamic, however, it’s useful to remember a time last year when the Governor clowned on the former President for this particular legal imbroglio.

“Like, I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair. I just can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said, amid condemnations of prosecutor Alvin Bragg being beholden to left-wing financier George Soros.

As DeSantis said back in March of last year that this trial was an exampled of a “weaponized” judiciary, he collected clap backs from the former President and current felon, as well as his namesake son.

On Truth Social, the former President pilloried the Florida Governor, casting aspersions on his heterosexuality in the process.

“Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about FALSE ACCUSATIONS & FAKE STORIES sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known, when he’s unfairly and illegally attacked by a woman, even classmates that are “underage” (or possibly a man!). I’m sure he will want to fight these misfits just like I do!”

Trump’s comments were atop a post where he rebooted a scurrilous story about the Governor drinking with prep school students when he was a teacher decades ago.

“So DeSantis thinks that Dems weaponizing the law to indict President Trump is a ‘manufactured circus’ & isn’t a ‘real issue,’” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. “Pure weakness. Now we know why he was silent all weekend. He’s totally owned by Karl RovePaul Ryan & his billionaire donors. 100% Controlled Opposition.”

DeSantis didn’t apologize for getting out of line, but he never made such statements again, going on to blame the sordid spectacle and Republicans rallying to Trump for not getting traction as a candidate.

“Look, I think, at the end of the day, the Bragg indictment just elevated him and it wasn’t so much that people were doing it because he was indicted. I think a lot of people, including me, believe that it was a miscarriage of justice,” DeSantis told Howard Kurtz on the Fox News Channel’s “Mediabuzz.”

The Governor added during the July 2023 hit that the indictment benefited Trump because “there was a lot of sympathy” and because it ended up “dominating the media coverage.”

He would stay on message on this subject through the balance of his campaign.

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


  • Ocean Joe

    May 30, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    Trump just being a real ‘Florida Man.’

    One victory for him: he’s no longer a carpet bagger from New York, he is a bona fide Florida dirtbag like the rest of us.

    What’s that wailing sound? I think I can hear the Villages from my front porch..

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 30, 2024 at 8:31 pm

      That’s the generic Viagra talking.

  • My Take

    May 30, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    Trump probably should have commited his crimes in Florida … or Texas.

  • tom palmer

    May 30, 2024 at 6:06 pm

    Florida Man, indeed Waiting for Florida columnists and cartoonists take on this It should be a riot.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 30, 2024 at 8:32 pm

      Not to worry — there will be plenty of apologists.

  • Michael K

    May 30, 2024 at 6:15 pm

    Another historic moment for the Republican Party: Nominating a convicted felon for the presidency.

    • Frankie M.

      May 30, 2024 at 7:05 pm

      Here come the crocodile tears.

  • Jag officer

    May 30, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Shame on a JAG who has forgotten his oath to the constitution. No One is above the law. Trump had the chance to take the stand in every case he has lost … the Fraud case.. the Civil rape defamation trial and now the interference trial. He always says he will but NEVER gets on the stand . The mob boss goes down like ever other criminal.

    • Michael K

      May 30, 2024 at 6:52 pm

      DeSantis is un-American and unfit to serve.

      • MH/Duuuval

        May 30, 2024 at 8:33 pm

        We have a general idea of what JAG Dee did in Gitmo, but not in surge-era Iraq.

  • JD

    May 30, 2024 at 7:41 pm

    The GOP is now the “new mafia”, circling the wagons around their don, lying and “forgetting” key details when they think people don’t see through the BS.

    Desantis could have been the chosen one. The one that would have brought balance to the GOP. The others would have turned on Trump or been marginalized, while rallying behind him. But Desantis chose to try and out MAGAT the king MAGAT and “the people” turned on him. Now he must kiss the ring.

    The difference between a brown noser and kiss a55 is merely depth perception and it appears Ronnie needs glasses.

  • No more MAGAts

    May 30, 2024 at 8:20 pm

    JD I love your comment! Rhonda is such a schmuck! A total sell out kiss A55 loser, Rhonda had so much potential and still had some potential left after crawling back from losing the presidential primary but NOPE good ole Ronnie just had to screw the pooch one more time and try to appeal to the “anti-woke” loser MAGAt crowd of 4 people! And those 4 people are just online troll pu55ies!

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 30, 2024 at 8:36 pm

    What potential are we talking here? Mr. Tea Bag marching to the tunes in his headphones? Maybe if some enlightened soul could have changed the tunes…

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 30, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    Once I heard the verdict, I couldn’t wait to get the flag up outside the house, and not upside down either…so proud of New Yorkers, America and the judicial system today😀

    • Judy Talone

      June 4, 2024 at 5:17 am

      Yeahhhhhhhhh finally a real Amazing American!!!!! 🇺🇸 I can’t for the life of me understand why people are so obsessed with this slug , he’s just a worthless piece of skin with NO BRAINS INSERTED!!! If they would only put him in the pokey , no worries about him voting?? Problem solved thank you for letting me blow off some steam 🇺🇸GOD BLESS AMERICA

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