Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to former President Donald Trump criticizing him for his COVID-19 response Tuesday. He said he has “people attacking” him from “all angles” and that the verdict is ultimately up to the “people.”
“Trump has criticized you a number of times in the past couple of days on a number of different issues, one of them being COVID in the state,” Daily Caller chief national correspondent Henry Rodgers asked DeSantis at a press conference on education.
“I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles,” DeSantis responded. “It’s been happening for many, many years. And if you look at the good thing about it, though, is like if you take a crisis situation like COVID, you know, the good thing about it is when you’re an elected executive, you gotta make all kinds of decisions. You gotta steer that ship, and the good thing is that the people are able to render a judgement on whether they reelect you or not.”
DeSantis then pointed to his landslide re-election, saying, “I’m happy to say, you know, in my case, not only did we win reelection, we won with the highest percentage of the vote that any Republican candidate has in the history of the state of Florida.”
“We won by the largest raw vote margin – over 1.5 million votes – than any governor candidate has ever had in Florida history. In fact, we almost doubled the previous record,” DeSantis said, adding, “That verdict has been rendered by the people of the state of Florida.”
DeSantis did not call out Trump by name.
Ron Desantis responds to a question by @henryrodgersdc on recent criticism he’s received from Donald Trump:
“People are able to render a judgment on that, whether they re-elect you or not…that verdict has been rendered by the people of the state of Florida.” pic.twitter.com/15Ez0SHoSU
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 31, 2023
While speaking to reporters aboard his plane on Saturday, Trump said DeSantis would not have become governor if it had not been for Trump’s endorsement ahead of the 2018 Florida governor election.
“So, when I hear he might run, I consider that very disloyal,” Trump said.
Many people are calling for DeSantis to run for president in 2024, but he has not yet made any announcements on his decision.
Trump on DeSantis: “When I hear he might run, I consider that very disloyal.”pic.twitter.com/epzqJEgDsd
— RPK Report (@RPKReport) January 29, 2023
NEW: DeSantis Responds To Trump’s Attacks
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 31, 2023
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