DeSantis takes pictures at Trump says he’s ‘working in direction of the left’ claims he ‘is a distinct man at this time’

Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is escalating his assaults on President Donald Trump accusing the previous president of “working to the left,” claiming that he’s a “completely different man at this time” than his earlier marketing campaign in 2016 and 2020. 

Talking with Tennessee conservative radio host Matt Murphy, DeSantis slammed Trump’s marketing campaign saying it’s displaying extra indicators of leaning in direction of the left’s ideology slightly than sticking with conservative values. 

“It looks like he’s working to the left, and I’ve all the time been any individual that’s simply been moored in conservative ideas,” DeSantis stated in an interview with Matt Murphy. 

“These can be fascinating debates to have, however I can let you know, you don’t win nationally by transferring to the left,” he continued. “You win nationally by standing for daring coverage. We confirmed that in Florida. I by no means watered down something I did.”


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a political roundtable, Friday, Might 19, 2023, in Bedford, N.H. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photograph)

The Florida governor claimed that his presidential rival “is a distinct man at this time.”

“I don’t know what occurred to Donald Trump,” DeSantis stated. “It is a completely different man at this time than when he was working in 2015 and 2016, and I feel the path that he’s going along with his marketing campaign is the improper path.”


“On the finish of the day,” DeSantis informed Murphy, “he’s going left on a variety of the fiscal, he is going left on tradition, he is even sided with Disney towards me.”

Donald Trump speaking in Iowa

Former President Donald Trump speaks on the Adler Theatre on March 13, 2023 in Davenport, Iowa. Trump’s go to follows these by potential challengers for the GOP presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who hosted occasions within the state final week.  (Scott Olson/Getty Photographs)

DeSantis and Trump have exchanged barbs this week following DeSantis’ official entry into the 2024 Republican presidential primary, with the Florida governor amplifying his assaults towards the previous president. 

On Thursday, Might 25, DeSantis sharply criticized Trump over his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing he “destroyed hundreds of thousands of individuals’s lives” by turning the nation over to Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

“I feel [Trump] did nice for 3 years, however when he turned the nation over to Fauci in March 2020 that destroyed hundreds of thousands of individuals’s lives,” DeSantis stated. “And in Florida, we had been one of many few that stood up, reduce towards the grain, took incoming fireplace from media, paperwork, the left, even a variety of Republicans, had college open, preserved companies. “


In flip, Trump has ramped up his assaults on the governor, saying that DeSantis presidential election announcement was a “catastrophe.” 

“Wow. The DeSanctus TWITTER launch is a DISASTER!” Trump wrote on the Reality Social media platform. “His entire marketing campaign can be a catastrophe. WATCH!”

Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis shake hands

President Donald Trump greets Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis as his spouse, Casey DeSantis, appears to be like on as they’re launched throughout a marketing campaign rally on the Hertz Enviornment on October 31, 2018 in Estero, Florida.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Photographs)

Trump, who in November launched his third straight White House campaign, for a few months has been the clear front-runner within the GOP presidential nomination polls. 


Nationwide polls launched this week by Fox Information and Quinnipiac College each indicated Trump topping DeSantis by over 30 proportion factors – and new nationwide surveys by Marquette Regulation Faculty additionally suggesting the previous president holding massive double-digit leads over the Florida governor.

Fox Information’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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