DeSantis was not too long ago buoyed by a landslide victory to keep up his seat as governor, whereas Trump’s grip on the Republican Celebration has apparently weakened within the wake of his candidates’ poor midterm performances. Trump, in flip, has stepped up criticism of potential 2024 Republican rivals, together with DeSantis and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
Trump has repeatedly taken swipes at DeSantis in each speeches and statements — nicknaming him “Ron DeSanctimonious” — and brought credit score for the governor’s success after endorsing him in 2018. Nonetheless, the Florida governor’s star energy has nonetheless been on the rise inside the Republican Celebration as early jockeying inside the 2024 subject begins.
DeSantis hadn’t responded to Trump’s criticism till Tuesday — hours forward of the previous president’s announcement of his 2024 run for president. Whereas the Florida governor disregarded the jabs as a part of “the character” of his job, he additionally took his personal swipe at Trump by stating the previous president’s lackluster midterm endorsements.
“One of many issues I’ve realized on this job is if you’re main, if you’re getting issues finished, you’re taking incoming fireplace, that’s simply the character of it,” DeSantis mentioned.