In the most recent indication that the two GOP heavyweights may be headed for a 2024 presidential primary showdown, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finally responded to a slew of attacks from former President Donald Trump.
Last week, the conservative governor easily won re-election in a midterm election in which Republicans around the country underperformed expectations.
On Tuesday, DeSantis gave a speech at the opening ceremony for a state-wide program for military families.
When asked about Trump’s critique, DeSantis dismissed it without specifically naming his probable opponent.
“One of the things I’ve learned in this job is when you’re leading, when you’re getting things done, you take incoming fire. That’s just the nature of it,”
Ron DeSantis finally responds to Trump criticism ahead of the former president's announcement tonight:
"One of the things I've learned in this job is when you're leading, when you're getting things done, you take incoming fire, that's just the nature of it." pic.twitter.com/bVuoG4Fpht
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) November 15, 2022
DeSantis mentioned the criticism he’s had from the corporate media and claimed he’s gotten used to dismissing it as “noise.”
“Really, what matters is, are you leading? Are you getting in front of issues, are you delivering results for people, and are you standing up for folks? And if you do that, then none of that stuff matters.”
He also seemed to brag about doing well in the midterms.
DeSantis said, “At the end of the day, I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night.”
Trump has threatened to make negative information on DeSantis public, saying he had material about the governor of his home state that only DeSantis’ wife would know about. A DeSantis presidential run, according to him, would be detrimental to the Republican Party.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
The former president even openly referred to DeSantis as his “competitor” on a “Trump Force One” flight with members of the media before Election Day.
DeSantis has led in some Republican presidential primary polls taken after the midterms, a new development after Trump’s dominance in early polls.
DeSantis also said Tuesday that the talk of rivalry between himself and Trump “gets a little bit overdone.” CONTINUE READING…