Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ryan Saavedra.
Former President Donald Trump (R) launched an attack on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) Thursday evening for the way that the governor handled the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis has been widely praised by conservatives, moderates, and even some liberals for the way that he responded to the pandemic as he battled against measures touted by Dr. Anthony Fauci and refused to shut down his state's economy and public school system. More Americans moved to Florida during the pandemic than moved to any other state as a result of how the state handled the pandemic.
Trump began his statement with a long-winded sentence, saying, "NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn't have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average-middle of the pack-including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!"
Trump continued by saying that DeSantis was "desperate"
in 2017 and that DeSantis "had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win."
"I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart,"
Trump continued. "I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen..."
"And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games!"
Trump concluded in his attack on DeSantis. "The Fake News asks him if he's going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, 'I'm only focused on the Governor's race, I'm not looking into the future.' Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that's really not the right answer."
The backlash to Trump's remarks was swift and far-reaching.