DeSantis Singes McCarthy for Saying He’s ‘Not on Same Level’ as Trump

Governor Ron DeSantis lit up House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Monday after the California Republican said he is “not at the same level” as Donald Trump.

During a press conference, DeSantis told reporters that McCarthy and the establishment GOP are working against him. “I am not somebody who the D.C. establishment wants to see up there,” he said. “There’s no question about that because they know that a lot of things will be changing if I’m there.”

The Florida Governor also criticized the relationship between McCarthy and former President Donald Trump.

“I think if you look at what’s happened with D.C. Republicans, they worked very closely. Look, Donald Trump, he supported Kevin McCarthy very strongly for speaker. I don’t think he would have won the speaker vote. Donald Trump was instrumental in him earning that speaker’s gavel, and they worked hand in glove really throughout his whole presidency.”

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DeSantis said that the pair had been “on the same team on every major spending bill that came down the pike” and told reporters that “they ended up together adding $7.8 trillion to our national debt.” He compared the spending McCarthy had overseen to how Florida had handled its budget.

“Never in a four-year period has that much been added than what they did together. And so he [McCarthy] said we’re different. We are different, because in Florida, we run budget surpluses, We’ve paid down nearly 25% of our state’s debt just since I’ve been governor,” DeSantis boasted.

The Governor also took credit for securing the GOP House majority last year despite the disappointing results of the 2022 midterms. “Florida was instrumental in them even having the majority to begin with,” he told reporters.

“The reason they even got the majority is because the Governor candidate in New York overperformed and because we delivered a red tsunami in Florida that gave him an extra four seats. That’s the story of the midterm,”

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“It’s understandable that the D.C. Establishment doesn’t want me to be president,” DeSantis later said in a statement posted to X, along with a video of his remarks. “And I wear that as a badge of honor.”

DeSantis’ remarks follow a Fox News appearance by McCarthy on Sunday. In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of ‘Sunday Morning Futures,’ McCarthy said he expects Trump to be the GOP nominee and criticized DeSantis as “not at the same level” as the former President.

“President Trump is beating Biden right now in the polls. He is stronger than he has ever been in this process,” McCarthy told Bartiromo.

“And, look, I served with Ron DeSantis — he’s not at the same level as President Trump by any shape or form. He would not have gotten elected without President Trump’s endorsement.”

After a contentious 3-day election requiring 15 rounds of ballots, McCarthy was elected speaker in January with the support of Trump. In June, he apologized to the former President after suggesting in a CNBC interview that he might not be the “strongest” candidate.

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