Trump slams “dull” DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup

The former president is irked by the Florida governor's popularity and refusal to rule out running against him.

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1/17/2022 12:55:00 AM

NEW: Donald Trump is trashing Ron DeSantis in private as an ingrate with a 'dull personality' and no realistic chance of beating him in a potential 2024 showdown, sources who've recently talked to the former president about the Florida governor tell Axios.

The former president is irked by the Florida governor's popularity and refusal to rule out running against him.

for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).Trump has kept a close eye on these statements. He's noticed that two potential rivals in particular have declined to rule out running: DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump seems less bothered by Pence than DeSantis. He's told advisers he thinks Pence's future in GOP politics is over after he abided by the Constitution and refused Trump's request to send electors back to the states on Jan. 6, 2021.Other potential rivals who haven't ruled out challenging Trump include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

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dont care about your drama. will vote for Desantis. He did not let me down. This probably isn't true. Click bait lies from the far left media, This is just rumour amplification to distract from the disastrous Biden administration. Sources, sources.................BS!!! I would say let the best man win but then they would both lose. Just wanted to add that my Republican neighbor started wearing a DeSantis for President hat a few months ago.

More anonymous sources. Using Trump's name for clicks. Nobody buys this anymore. Reckon that’s a lie FAKE NEWS!!! You want to distract us from Biden failures and disaster , you won’t succeed. Cool, now back to the disaster that the country is in after 1 year of the current guy... Completely false

DeSantis uses conservative lifeline as Trump sours on himConservative social media influencers have flocked to Florida for 'freedom,' 'liberty' and another reason: Gov. Ron DeSantis they eat their own, those silly Repugs. Discount Donald Trump AS soon as any of them start becoming 'threats' to Trump aka competition vs admirers, he will turn on them. But don't they all jump out there in hopes of being chosen as VP candidate? If either of them are not in prison by 2024, I would guess Mark Meadows would be Trump's choice

😂 lies lies lies letsgobrandon Yah no one is falling for this. Try something else. Deflect......Deflect.......Deflect baizuo How about some hard hitting journalism on the multiple failure of the Harris/Biden administration? Is that to much to ask? Axios = cnn This is smoke and mirrors, not true maxasteele Spot on. GovRonDeSantis

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'sources' My sources told me axios profits from the slave trade in ghana. Source? Your strategy is so 2016... Those zzzzz’s go better on Joe Biden’s face. Doesn’t he live inside of Desantis Jurisdiction? Shouldn’t he be careful if he wants asylum in case of indictment? What would GovRonDeSantis choose .. rule of law or protect Trump

Trump is also know for telling two or three people different things to see who he can trust. Trump, take a deep breath your time has passed, and the FL governor is not ready. Donald who? Both Trump and DeSantis have Covid before. The only difference is DeSantis is dishonest about his Covid and his Covid vaccination. A dull guy but dishonest!!!

Please go away, Donald Trump. You had your moment. Let the party move on.

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Trump- Haley 2024 or Trump- Rand Paul 2024 I dont even think desantis as a potential candidate for the GOP Oh Oh……He’s officially threatened by DeSantis. I predicted this 6 months ago. Let the fun begin. DeSantis is not running.nice try axios Any comment, ChristinaPushaw? You seem to have something nonsensical to say every day to defend Liddle Dull DeSantis. Why aren’t you defending him from Trump?

Trumps just scared cuz there’s a 0% chance he beats DeSantis Why is this news? Also, if you are covering TFG, why aren't you emphasizing his seditious effort to overturn an election? Why not mention his incompetent response to the pandemic? Or his collusion with Russia? These are more important than his perception of Mr. DeSantis.

We're doing the 'anonymous sources' thing again? Pass. There can only be one top cheerleader 🤷‍♀️

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This is fake news. Anonymously sourced. This is BS! The left making an effort to divide. MAGAts...boycott DeSantis! 🤷🏼‍♀️IDK DeathSantis freaky cartoon voice is pretty interesting. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Keep both of them in the true swamp known as Florida Floridians u know what u need to do to demote this filth from or ever holding office again 🗳 & follow the dirty money. Mostly in large part Russian& see where his real gains are. Weiselberg is 1 of many including GM singing.

ResistersUnitedVote2022👍😷🤩 Not true. 👆🏿👆🏿 Trump will not run LAW won't allow it, he just keeps acting like he is so people are dumb enough and send donations

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Ooooooh boy Forget it vote blue If this were true you wouldn’t have known it because he supposedly is doing it in private. 🤣 Provide proof Can't wait for DeSantis to crush him and keep Trump out of politics forever. You wish. Sources have told truths and untruths. What is Axios’ record on truthful sources?

If he has nothing to worry about why is he So worried?

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Is redsteeze choosing to not respond to this Complete lie. Y’all are just determined to usher America into authoritarianism, aren’t you? Trump demands loyalty and fealty from everyone else, but doesn’t do the same. Why would anyone be surprised? If by “dull” he means STUPID then I would actually agree with him.

And Desantis will still be like “Daddy I love you” It’s hard to know which pile-of-poo to root for. Bare shelves Biden Dull is too light a word for him. Have them fight on a pay-per-view steel cage death match. Ratings will be hyuuuuge.

All that ass kissing and DeSantis will get the full Trump devaluation treatment. Yeah right. This is nonsense intended to divide the party. It's not gonna work. as a party grandee, the sheer pettiness of Mr. Know it all is mind-boggling Can't wait until Trump tells people DeSantis killed JFK and his wife is ugly. 😂

lies lies lies fake news bullshit blah blah gtconway3d And that likely means in Donald’s head he’s the front-runner ChristianWalk1r

gtconway3d Watching America crash and burn! oliverdarcy Their both jerks Propaganda I’m on team trump lol….let’s fight boys 😂 gtconway3d He kissed Donnie’s ass so now he gets it back trump’s insecurities are finally paying dividends😏

For once I agree with tfg. DeSantis is dull and is no match Tell you what. This is one thing I agree with Trump. DeSantis is worse than Trump. Compromise: Run Trump for president and have DeSantis as his Vice President. What a hoot. WakingLifeDream They’re eating their young. Delicious An ingrate former President is claiming that the Florida governor is an ingrate. That's a double negative ... so ... my English teachers would say that Trump just complimented DeSantis.

I wonder if Ted Cruz will offer to give DeSantis lessons on how to best ingratiate himself with Trump Neither one of them will be President. They will get Trump before that happens again and DeSantis is done!! gtconway3d ProjectLincoln stoke this divide. aravosis Let the cannibalism continue AlexNowrasteh Trump *could* run for Florida governor. Easy win.

There is something really odd about this picture. Why would you go along with trump’s childish insults and name calling like this? If trump said desantis can eat sh*t would you put the emoji by his mouth? Wtf is wrong with you all? It’s just bizarre. cool maybe they'll eat each other anonymous sources.....

gtconway3d How about Trump now RonDeSantisFL ? Why do we indulge this shit and amplify it, and him?

That's been the case for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Trump has kept a close eye on these statements. He's noticed that two potential rivals in particular have declined to rule out running: DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump seems less bothered by Pence than DeSantis. He's told advisers he thinks Pence's future in GOP politics is over after he abided by the Constitution and refused Trump's request to send electors back to the states on Jan. 6, 2021. Other potential rivals who haven't ruled out challenging Trump include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). The second source said that in Trump's view, "there's no way" DeSantis would be governor without Trump's endorsement. The former president also's said something to the effect of: "What's the big deal? Why won't he just say he's not going to run against me?" The New York Times' Maggie Haberman that "Trump has been telling a range of aides a version of, he isn't getting the deference from DeSantis that he wants in the pre-2024 leadup." Trump's private irritation about what he perceives as DeSantis' ungratefulness and willingness to defy him date back several years. Their disputes have ranged over matters as varied as closing beaches during the early days of the pandemic and a public clash over hurricane death statistics — as the Washington Post's Ben Terris and Josh Dawsey detailed in a 2020 story . DeSantis claimed on the "Ruthless" podcast last week that the reports of tensions between him and Trump were . In the same conversation, he again sidestepped a question about his strength as a potential GOP presidential nominee in 2024. What we're seeing: Trump's frustrations with DeSantis have been bleeding into his public statements, though he's refrained — so far — from attacking the popular governor by name. During a recent OAN interview, the former president said he'd watched interviews with "gutless" politicians who refuse to say whether they've had a booster shot. "You gotta say it — whether you had it or not," Trump said. "Say it." As Mediaite noted, DeSantis "has refused to say whether he has received the booster shot. 'I've done whatever I did,' he in December when asked if he'd been boosted. 'The normal shot.'" Go deeper