DeSantis Takes Gloves Off-‘If I run, I’ll be running against Biden’-Trump Attacks ‘Just Background Noise’

In a new interview with Piers Morgan, Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking the gloves off and punching back against former president Donald Trump. DeSantis took swipes at Trump’s character and leadership style and offered himself as the candidate who “can beat Biden.” While DeSantis insists that he has not officially entered the race, he told Morgan to “stay tuned” for an imminent announcement.

After months of playing defense against Donald Trump, the Florida governor opened his first line of attack on Tuesday, targeting his former ally’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked by Morgan to name the specific differences between him and Trump, DeSantis responded,

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“Well, I think there’s a few things. The approach to COVID was different. I would have fired somebody like Fauci. I think he got way too big for his britches, and I think he did a lot of damage.” Morgan noted in his interview that Trump had allowed Fauci to remain chief of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce and even awarded him a presidential commendation as one of his last acts in office.

“I also think just in terms of my approach to leadership, I get personnel in the Government who have the agenda of the people,” DeSantis added. “You bring your own agenda in you’re gone. We’re just not gonna have that. So, the way we run the Government I think is no daily drama, focus on the big picture and put points on the board and I think that’s something that’s very important.”

Morgan also asked DeSantis what he thought of Trump’s nicknames for him. Trump has frequently referred to the Florida governor publicly as “Ron DeSanctimonious” and “Ron DeSanctus” since the 2022 midterm election.

“I don’t know how to spell the sanctimonious one. I don’t really know what it means, but I kinda like it, it’s long, it’s got a lot of vowels. We’ll go with that, that’s fine. I mean you can call me whatever you want, just as long as you also call me a winner because that’s what we’ve been able to do in Florida, is put a lot of points on the board and really take this State to the next level.”

DeSantis told Morgan that he viewed Trump’s attacks as “just background noise.”

“It’s not important for me to be fighting with people on social media. It’s not accomplishing anything for the people I represent. So, we really just focus on knocking out victories, day after day, and if I got involved in all the under tow I would not be able to be an effective Governor. So, I don’t think it’s something that makes sense for me.”

Morgan noted the recent split between the Republican leaders and pointed out that the two had previously worked as allies. He shared an endorsement tweet from 2018, in which Donald Trump wrote,

“Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader. Yale and then Harvard who would make a great Governor of Florida. He loves our country. He’s a true fighter.”

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“Things have changed a little bit,” DeSantis responded. “It is what it is.”

“We had a good relationship [when I was a Congressman] and I think one of the reasons he got to know me is because I saw the Russia collusion thing as a farce from the beginning. Very few people said that. We had a handful of us in Congress that were fighting back against that. So, I would go on TV, and I would defend him when it wasn’t popular and when it was kinda politically risky, but I just thought it was the right thing to do and then I thought that he had good ideas for the country. And then when I became Governor, his last two years as President, we worked very well together. He had a place in Florida and worked well with us to serve our state.”

DeSantis acknowledged the growing rift between him and the former president but insisted that Republicans “put the country first rather than worry about any personalities or any type of individual.”

The full-length interview with Piers Morgan will air Thursday on Fox Nation.

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