Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) responded for the first time to the attacks from former President Trump Tuesday.
A reporter asked the popular Republican governor what he thought about “Trump’s big announcement and some of the less-than-flattering comments” he made about DeSantis.
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“One of the things I’ve learned in this job, when you’re leading, when you’re getting things done, you take incoming fire. That’s just the nature of it,” DeSantis said.
“I roll out of bed in the morning, I’ve got corporate media outlets that have a spasm just the fact I’m getting up in the morning,” he joked.
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DeSantis said he doesn’t think any governor has been attacked by corporate media like he has over the past four years.
“And yet, I think what you learn is, all that’s just noise,” he added. “Really what matters is, ‘Are you leading? Are you getting in front of issues? Are you delivering results for people? And are you standing up for folks?’…if you do that, none of that stuff matters.”
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Then he pivoted to Trump’s comments, after the former president called him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a rally just days before the midterms.
“We’ve focused on results and leadership, and at the end of the day, I would just tell people to just go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night,” DeSantis said, to applause in the room.
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“The fact of the matter is…it was the greatest Republican victory in the history of the state of Florida,” he added.
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“All that’s just noise…I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night.” pic.twitter.com/hDWeAm0pfM
Trump is expected to throw his hat in the ring Tuesday night for the 2024 presidential race, and DeSantis has emerged as a frontrunner if Trump is not the pick.
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National radio host Todd Starnes commented on the situation.
“I’m calling for a Trump-DeSantis unity ticket,” Starnes said.