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DeSantis responds to Trump drama: ‘I Don’t Do Insults’

In a recent appearance on FNC’s ‘MediaBuzz,’ Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who is running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, addressed a claim by his primary opponent, former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ).

Christie alleged that DeSantis and other GOP primary contenders were hesitant to criticize former President Donald Trump and his supporters, accusing them of merely evading the issues.

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Claims that GOP contenders avoid upsetting Trump

Christie claimed that DeSantis and the other GOP primary contenders “just dance around” to avoid offending former President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Speaking to Howie Kurtz on Fox News Channel, DeSantis categorically denied the claim, emphasizing his disinterest in engaging in an ‘insult game’ with Trump. He stated, “I don’t do insults.

DeSantis: Insults ‘turns voters off’

“I think just getting in this insult game turns voters off. It’s not something I want to do”, he said.

While acknowledging differences between his positions and those of the former president, DeSantis emphasized the importance of addressing these differences in a substantive manner. He pointed out, “Substantively, we’ve been very frank about our differences with respect to the former president.”

DeSantis went on to highlight specific policy areas where their views diverged, stating, “I mean, for example, he promised to drain the swamp, it got worse. He did not drain the swamp”.

DeSantis addresses the USA-Mexico wall

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“He promised to have Mexico pay for a border wall. They did like 50 miles of wall. There’s massive expansive still there. He said he was going to eliminate the national debt. They added almost $8 trillion to the debt in four years”, DeSantis continued.

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Furthermore, DeSantis criticized the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, mentioning the reliance on Dr. Fauci’s guidance, subsequent lockdowns, and the negative impact on the economy.

The lockdowns and COVID response

He expressed his frankness on these matters, saying, “And, of course, in 2020, he turned the country over to Dr. Fauci, and there was lockdowns, and the borrowing and printing really sent us on a bad course.”

Despite his policy differences, DeSantis reiterated his lack of interest in personally attacking Donald Trump or any other candidates. He emphasized the need to rise above personal attacks and instead focus on the substantive issues facing the country.

DeSantis focused on ‘the issues’ at hand

He concluded, “I have no interest in attacking Donald Trump or any of these other candidates personally. I think we’ve got to rise above that, and let’s focus on the issues.”

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In summary, Governor DeSantis maintained his stance against engaging in personal insults.

While acknowledging differences with former President Trump, he stressed the importance of addressing these differences substantively.

DeSantis’s focus remains on the issues at hand rather than engaging in a game of personal attacks, as he believes that productive discourse should rise above such tactics.


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