Trump Ally Defends DeSantis After Attack

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Following former President Donald Trump calling Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a Saturday (November 5) rally, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to the Florida Governor’s defense.

On Saturday evening, Pompeo took to Twitter to tell DeSantis he wasn’t “tired of winning” and then, in an apparent jab at Trump, tweeted that DeSantis has “proven conservative policies work,” adding that “Florida is better for it.”

Pompeo’s tweet seems to be a play on comments Trump had made at the campaign event in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Trump touted “winning big in the Republican Party for the nomination,” saying it was something “nobody’s ever seen before.”

The former President then asked that the polling figures for his potential 2024 Republican challengers be displayed, listing each person and their support within the GOP.

Trump began by pointing to his own figures, saying, “There it is, Trump, 71.”

The former President then made a jab at DeSantis when reading his polling figures, calling the Florida Governor “Ron DeSanctimonious” and relaying that he was only at 10 percent.

The former President seemed shocked that his former Vice President Mike Pence, had 7 percent support among GOP voters and was in even greater disbelief that outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) had attained 4 percent support.

DeSantis hasn’t commented publicly on Trump’s jab. The last time he spoke publicly about his relationship with Trump was in February, describing them as a “friend of mine” and debunking claims the former President was threatened by his success, saying Trump “wants to see Republicans doing well.”