Days after Ron DeSantis (R) announced his bid for president in 2024, the Florida Governor has come out swinging against his Donald Trump - accusing his chief rival of "running to the left" after siding with (woke) Disney vs. Florida.
"I don’t know what happened to Donald Trump," DeSantis told WWTN radio in Nashville. "This is a different guy today than when he was running in 2015 and 2016. And I think, I think the direction that he’s going with his campaign is the wrong direction."
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On spending, DeSantis said Trump shares responsibility for the nation’s $31 trillion in debt. “He added almost $8 trillion in debt in just four years as president,” he said. “I was right on those issues and he wasn’t.”
On abortion, DeSantis defended Florida’s newly enacted six-week abortion ban against Trump criticism that it was “too harsh” and that DeSantis didn’t know what he was doing.
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On immigration, DeSantis accused Trump of supporting amnesty for undocumented immigrants as part of a 2018 immigration bill. “To hit me for taking the America First position I think is pretty strange,” DeSantis said.
The Trump campaign responded that as a congressman, DeSantis voted for a bill that gave legal status to some undocumented minors as part of a package of tougher immigration restrictions, before opposing a similar plan.
DeSantis also spoke with the Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro, slamming Trump on his approach to crime.
Trump has been taking shots at DeSantis for months - including this video making fun of DeSantis' glitchy 2024 announcement on Twitter spaces (which received way more attention due to said glitches than it would have otherwise).
"What a mess it is," Trump said on Thursday regarding the Disney dispute. "He could have worked out an easy settlement, but no — he wanted to show the fake news how tough a guy he is. He’s not."
DeSantis has gained ground on Trump since late April despite the former president maintaining a clear lead.