(LATROBE, PA) — Former President Donald Trump is back at name-calling. This time he took aim at Florida’s popular Republican Governor Ron DeSantis calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
To be sanctimonious it to “make a show of being morally superior to other people.”
“We’re winning big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody’s ever seen before,” Trump told a crowd in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night before going down the list of other Republicans who could potentially challenge him in 2024.
Trump degraded DeSantis as he rattled off the approval numbers of various Republicans. “There it is, Trump at 71%, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%.”
“Mike Pence at 7, oh, Mike is doing better than I thought,” Trump continued. “Liz Cheney there’s no way she’s at 4%. There’s no way. There’s no way. But we’re at 71 to 10 to 7 to 4.”
Trump mocks DeSantis as "Ron DeSanctimonious" at a rally tonight in Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/efTl2vNQRB
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Trump is expected to announce his 2024 candidacy a week from Monday and perhaps he feels threatened by the possible presidential candidacy of Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has been called “DeathSantis” by other detractors for how he kept the state of Florida open during the COVID 19 pandemic.
DeSantis dismissed rumors of a rift between him and Trump earlier this year saying that Trump is a “friend of mine.”
“He wants to see Republicans doing well,” DeSantis told Fox News in February. “And I think when media is trying to act like he’s upset at me for doing well, I think that’s total bunk. I think they’re just making it up.”
Trump will join incumbent Florida Senator Marco Rubio at a rally in Miami Sunday which did not include an invitation for DeSantis who will be campaigning in Palm Beach County on Monday.