“Ron DeSantis says that Donald Trump is a loser and that the time has come for Republican primary voters and caucus attenders to leave him behind and get on with the task of winning elections. This is an odd way to address Trump voters, to put it mildly. You’re-a-loser-if-you-keep-voting-for-that-loser is not a winning message.”
“The problem for DeSantis, who appears on the verge of officially entering the 2024 race, is that in order to make the case he is more electable than Trump this time around, he needs to debunk the lie that Trump actually beat Biden last time. … As Republican consultant Alex Conant told Politico: ‘If a candidate can’t dispose of a fake issue like who won the election, how can voters expect them to handle the real issues?’”
“He’s got no personality. And I don’t think he’s got a lot of political skill.”
— Donald Trump, in an interview with The Messenger, on why Gov. Ron DeSantis is not polling very well.
“I don’t really know what it means, but I kinda like it, it’s long, it’s got a lot of vowels. We’ll go with that, that’s fine. I mean you can call me whatever you want, just as long as you also call me a winner because that’s what we’ve been able to do in Florida, is put a lot of points on the board and really take this State to the next level.”
— Gov. Ron DeSantis, when asked about Donald Trump’s “Ron DeSantimonius” nickname for him.
Donald Trump keeps egging Ron DeSantis on,
Making up nicknames, slinging them hither and yon.
I guess Ron DeSanctimonious
Was just too inharmonious,
So he’s dialed it back to just “Meatball Ron.”