Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has fired back at President Donald Trump as tensions mount between the two GOP leaders.
DeSantis responded after Trump shared a photo alleging the governor drank alcohol with minors when he was a high school teacher and trashed him over a vote he took as a congressman.
On Tuesday, Trump posted a picture on his social media app, Truth Social, that alleged DeSantis was at a party with underage girls when he was a high school teacher.
“That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!” Trump wrote sarcastically about the picture.
He also said he would not have endorsed DeSantis had he known he voted against a border security bill when he was a member of the House in 2018.
“Wow, if I knew that I wouldn’t have Endorsed him (and he would have had to quit the race, down 35 points),” Trump said in response to a post that claimed DeSantis did not vote for the bill.
Today DeSantis responded by saying:
“I spend my time delivering results for the people of Florida and fighting against Joe Biden.
“That’s how I spend my time.
“I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) responds to Donald Trump accusing him of being a groomer on Truth Social last night:
“I spend my time delivering results for the people of Florida and fighting against Joe Biden … I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans.” pic.twitter.com/b432iy9iqY
— The Recount (@therecount) February 8, 2023
As Slay News reported, DeSantis defended Trump the other day when he held a roundtable to discuss solutions to hold the media to account for pushing misinformation.
He said: “When they depart from the truth, a lot of times the truth’s on the cutting room floor, and the narratives that they’re supporting and furthering actually damage a lot of people with lies.
“We wanna be standing up for the little guy against some of these massive media conglomerates.
“A guy like me, I have a platform, I’m fine, but there’s a lot of other people, I think, who get maligned unfairly, and then really don’t have the adequate recourse.
“There needs to be an ability for people to defend themselves not through government regulation or restriction, but through being able to seek private right of action.
“These companies are probably the leading purveyors of disinformation in our entire society.”
DeSantis defended Trump from the Russian Collusion “hoax.”
“They indulged in that for two years and it was almost all based on anonymous sources, I mean it all eventually was debunked, and even in real-time people, people were saying this, but they just kept cycling in this.
“I think it just raises the question, you know, this obsession with these anonymous sources, where did that come from?
“It used to be rare that you would do it I mean, to assassinate someone’s character with anonymous sources would have been a total ‘no – no.’
“Now, it’s just kind of like a normal, and actually the preferred method of being able to deliver content,” he said.
.@GovRonDeSantis: Mainstream media “are probably the leading purveyors of disinformation” pic.twitter.com/tMBLxz7ErA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 7, 2023
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“They indulged in that for two years, and it was almost all based on anonymous sources […] I mean, to assassinate someone’s character with anonymous sources would’ve been a total no-no – now [it’s normal].” pic.twitter.com/rQN0btKFCc
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) February 7, 2023
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