DeSantis silent after Trump launches first attacks amid 2024 speculation

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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not publically spoken retired astir erstwhile President Donald Trump's assorted attacks against him arsenic the 2024 statesmanlike predetermination rhythm heats up. 

Trump slammed DeSantis arsenic "an mean REPUBLICAN Governor with large Public Relations" successful a station connected his societal media tract Truth Social connected Thursday. The erstwhile president again utilized the sanction "Ron DeSanctimonious" successful the post, a nickname helium archetypal utilized astatine a rally successful Pennsylvania past weekend. 

"And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he’s going to tally if President Trump runs, and helium says, "I’m lone focused connected the Governor’s race, I’m not looking into the future." Well, successful presumption of loyalty and class, that’s truly not the close answer," Trump said successful the Truth Social thread, aft saying DeSantis came to him successful 2017 successful "desperate shape" up of his archetypal gubernatorial predetermination and Trump "fixed his campaign."

Despite the repeated jabs, DeSantis has not commented connected the remarks. Fox News Digital reached retired to DeSantis' property bureau Sunday greeting but did not person an contiguous reply. 

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 Former President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an predetermination nighttime enactment astatine Mar-a-Lago, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 successful Palm Beach, Florida. (Phelan M. Ebenhack for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Governor Ron DeSantis, moving for re-election arsenic the Governor of Florida successful the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, pauses arsenic helium speaks connected signifier astatine the Turning Point USA’s (TPUSA) Student Action Summit (SAS) successful Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 22, 2022. REUTERS/Marco

PALM BEACH, FL-NOVEMBER 8: Former President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an predetermination nighttime enactment astatine Mar-a-Lago, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 successful Palm Beach, Florida. (Phelan M. Ebenhack for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Governor Ron DeSantis, moving for re-election arsenic the Governor of Florida successful the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, pauses arsenic helium speaks connected signifier astatine the Turning Point USA’s (TPUSA) Student Action Summit (SAS) successful Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 22, 2022. REUTERS/Marco (Getty/Reuters)

DeSantis is seen arsenic a apical imaginable contender for the 2024 GOP statesmanlike nomination, particularly aft his sweeping gubernatorial predetermination connected Tuesday. 

While Trump has touted a "very big" announcement coming this Tuesday astatine Mar-a-Lago, which is speculated to beryllium a 3rd statesmanlike run. 

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 Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally astatine the Dayton International Airport connected November 7, 2022 successful Vandalia, Ohio. Trump campaigned astatine the rally for Ohio Republican candidates including Republican campaigner for U.S. Senate JD Vance, who is moving successful a choky contention against Democratic campaigner for U.S. Senate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). 

VANDALIA, OHIO - NOVEMBER 07: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally astatine the Dayton International Airport connected November 7, 2022 successful Vandalia, Ohio. Trump campaigned astatine the rally for Ohio Republican candidates including Republican campaigner for U.S. Senate JD Vance, who is moving successful a choky contention against Democratic campaigner for U.S. Senate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).  ((Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images))

DeSantis’ erstwhile communications manager for his 2018 gubernatorial run praised the politician for not acknowledging Trump’s caller attacks. 

"I deliberation that Ron is precise intelligibly surviving rent escaped successful the erstwhile president’s head," Stephen Lawson told Politico past week. "Ron has not said a azygous connection and they deliberation smartly that Tuesday’s immense triumph allows him to conscionable support talking astir his grounds without having to admit Trump."

"It’s 1,000 percent the close move," Lawson added. "Trump conscionable keeps throwing boomerangs."

While Trump state Roger Stone told Politico that DeSantis challenging the erstwhile president successful 2024 would beryllium "a treacherous enactment of disloyalty."

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"Sadly, everything President Trump says is true. Ron DeSantis owes his governorship to Donald Trump and challenging him successful 2024 would beryllium a treacherous enactment of disloyalty," said Roger Stone, a long-time Trump adviser.

Some conservatives person slammed the attacks connected DeSantis, including vigor amusement and Fox News big Mark Levin.

"I americium not going to abide attacks connected Ron DeSantis, idiosyncratic attacks connected this feline — by anybody," Levin said connected his Wednesday vigor show, though did not sanction Trump specifically. "He’s not conscionable a rising star, helium is simply a star. This is simply a antheral who is susceptible of doing large things for this country, immoderate helium decides to bash oregon nevertheless helium decides to bash it."

"DeSantis is an highly effectual blimpish politician who has had existent argumentation wins and existent taste wins. Trump isn’t going to beryllium capable to instrumentality this 1 down with a dumb nickname. He amended person much than that up his sleeve," Matt Walsh, a commentator astatine The Daily Wire, wrote aft Trump archetypal utilized the sanction "Ron  DeSanctimonious." 

Hoover Institute elder chap Victor Davis Hanson wrote successful an sentiment portion past week: "Democratic absorption to a flawed and impaired Biden moving again successful 2024 volition recede. Republican loyalty to the unpredictable Trump could fade. And some those realities volition empower DeSantis." 

Despite his criticisms, Trump confirmed connected Tuesday that helium voted for DeSantis. 

Ron DeSantis cruised to re-election connected November 8. 

Ron DeSantis cruised to re-election connected November 8.  (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Reports circulated earlier this twelvemonth astir imaginable increasing hostility betwixt DeSantis and the erstwhile president. DeSantis, however, quashed reports astir specified tensions astatine the time, calling Trump a "friend of mine."

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"He wants to spot Republicans doing well," DeSantis told Fox News successful February. "And I deliberation erstwhile media is trying to enactment similar he's upset astatine maine for doing well, I deliberation that's full bunk. I deliberation they're conscionable making it up."

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