Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., addressed recent criticism from former President Trump, brushing off the targeted attacks as questions loom surrounding the 2024 presidential election.
DeSantis joined “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Tuesday to discuss his take on the one-sided clashes as the duo has been largely seen as the GOP’s primary front-runners for taking back the White House.
“It’s silly season,” DeSantis told Kilmeade. “You know how some of this stuff goes, and obviously he does his thing and that’s kind of who he is. But, what I wanted to do was give an honest appraisal of how we got to this point, the failures of the DC Republican establishment and how Donald Trump was speaking to things that some of the old guard refused to address.”
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“That’s just a fact, and he can say what he wants about me,” he continued.
DeSantis, who said he has not spoken to the former president, is seen as Trump’s main contender in the 2024 race for the White House if he chooses to announce a bid.
Fox News polling indicated the pair is among Republicans’ top choices for the next election cycle. Trump ranked first among voters with 43%, and DeSantis followed his lead with 28%. Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence tied with 7% and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Liz Cheney tied with 2%.
Although DeSantis has not yet announced he will run, analysts have suggested his nationwide pro-law enforcement tour and his upcoming book are signals he will throw his hat in the ring.
And given DeSantis has been seen as Trump’s top contender within the Republican Party, he has already been targeted by the former president with criticism.
H/T Fox News (read more at FoxNews.com)
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