Right-wingers against Trump for mocking DeSantis
And a few hours later, Trump found himself in hot water with fellow conservatives who were unhappy that he was aiming for more and more popular DeSantis.
During his rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, while touting his polls (from a month ago), Trump found an opportunity to swing at DeSantis, who quickly turned into unofficial Republican presidential rival in 2024.
“There it is, Trump at 71. Ron DeSanctimonious at 10 percent,” Trump he said. “Mike Pence at 7 — oh, Mike Pence is doing better than I thought.” (This is the first time Trump has tried the moniker, but a longtime ally Roger Stone— fierce critic of DeSantis—posted the dig about a week ago.)
Reactions to Trump’s name-calling were not favorable in conservative circles.
“As I call it now, DeSantis is going to run and he’s going to beat Trump hard,” Will Chamberlain, publisher of Human Events and right-wing attorney, he said in response to Trump’s jab. “This is just weak.”
Right-wing Daily Wire researcher Matt Walsh he also expressed frustration at Trump’s “stupid nickname.”
“Trump will not be able to handle this [DeSantis] down with the stupid nickname. He better have more up his sleeve than that,” he wrote. “Also, it’s nice to launch your public attack on the most popular conservative governor in America three days before the election when everyone should be showing a united front.”
It didn’t end there.
RedState Editor Jennifer Van Laar commented, “Enough, Trump. Stop. Move on,” as a Townhall writer asked what DeSantis “did to earn Trump’s scorn here right before the election?” “It’s inexcusable and just shows that this has always been about him,” the writer added.
Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) also sided with DeSantis, writing: “Or…Ron De…SaidNoToFauci…that’s another angle.”
A Trump spokesman did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment Saturday night.
The Daily Beast previously published that Trump intends to hit DeSantis and won’t back down anytime soon.
“Trump will end up doing to DeSantis and his wife what he did to Cruz and his wife,” a Trump adviser told the Daily Beast.
DeSantis and Trump plan to be in Florida on Sunday and hold competitive rallies more than 150 miles away.
“Trump will try to destroy it,” the adviser said.
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