On the plane back to Florida after former President Donald Trump gave a speech in Davenport, Iowa, reporters asked Trump about the new nicknames he has for Gov. Ron Desantis (R).
“Tiny D is good,” Trump said, the Daily Caller reports.
“Remember this, if it weren’t for me, Ron DeSanctimonious would right now be working probably at a law firm or maybe a Pizza Hut, I don’t know,” Trump concluded.
Earlier, on his way to Iowa, Trump told reporters “Meatball Ron” was “too crude” to describe Desantis.
“I don’t use that name. It’s used by other people. I don’t like that name; I think it’s too crude,” Trump said.
DeSantis, who could be Trump’s biggest hurdle to winning the GOP nomination in 2024, was also seen at an event in Davenport, Iowa, on Friday, days before Trump’s visit.
Trump continued to slam Desantis throughout his trip to Iowa, giving insights as to why he regrets endorsing the former Congressman for Governor and gave him the nickname “DeSanctimonious.”
“Well, I guess it’s referring to the fact that when you do something for somebody, and they don’t reciprocate, I never liked that. And he was out of politics. He would have had to go to work for some law office or something. And he came to me; he asked for an endorsement. I said, ‘you are so dead right now. No endorsement’s gonna save you,’” Trump explained.