The gloves are off in the fight between Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
But DeSantis crossed a big line.
And you’ll be speechless when you see what Ron DeSantis said about Donald Trump.
To qualify for the first Republican debate on August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, each candidate will have to sign a loyalty pledge confirming that they will support whoever wins the Republican Party presidential nomination.
DeSantis and Trump engaged in an increasingly escalating series of attacks on one another and Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers wanted to know if DeSantis would follow through on supporting Trump if Trump is the GOP standard-bearer.
“Former president Trump has continued to attack you and he did again last night, regardless of his attacks, will you 100 percent pledge to support Trump if he’s the GOP nominee?” Rodgers wondered.
DeSantis refused to answer the question and instead tore into Trump over the response to COVID, which DeSantis and some conservatives feel is Donald Trump’s biggest political vulnerability.
“What I would say is this. When you are saying that [former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo did better on COVID than Florida did, you are revealing yourself to just be full of it,” DeSantis began. “Nobody believes that. And you know why? And you know why I know that? Because I remember in 2020 and 2021, when he was praising Florida for being open, saying we did it much better than New York and Michigan, and everybody was coming to Florida and that we were one of the great governors in the United States, and he used to say that all the time.”
“Now all of a sudden his tune is changing, and I would just tell people, ‘Do you find it credible? Do you honestly find it credible?’” DeSantis continued.
Trump recently produced an ad firing back at DeSantis for locking down Florida and keeping restrictions in place until September.
DeSantis was the first governor to lift all COVID measures and later signed bills banning vaccine and mask mandates.
The Florida governor argued Trump’s attacks would not land with voters.
“I don’t think people are gonna buy it. I don’t think it’s gonna ultimately matter in the end. I think we’re gonna be successful,” DeSantis added. “But, at the same time, we get into these processes. It’s like, I want to beat Biden, okay? I will do that, I will get that done and more importantly than that, I will actually bring these policies for a landing and get it all done up there. It’s one thing to promise things, but when you don’t deliver on it, then it’s like, okay, then they get in and they do stuff by the time they get in.”
DeSantis concluded his remarks by once again refusing to commit to supporting Trump if Trump is the nominee.
“It’s an important process and, you know, you respect the process and you respect the people’s decisions, how this goes. But I’m very confident that those decisions are gonna be positive for us,” DeSantis declared.
But DeSantis could be making a tactical error.
If DeSantis wins the nomination he will need every voter in Donald Trump’s base to turn out if he hopes to unseat Joe Biden.
Even a sliver of the MAGA base staying home could prove fatal to DeSantis’s efforts to win the White House.
And some Trump supporters are wondering if it is wise for DeSantis to antagonize Trump loyalists in this manner.
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