LACONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE — On Thursday, DeSantis was asked during a radio appearance on Good Morning New Hampshire with Jack Heath about Trump’s comments regarding the pronunciation of his name.
“Have you heard that ‘Rob’ DeSanctimonious wants to change his name, again. He is demanding that people call him DeeeSantis, rather than DaSantis. Actually, I like ‘Da’ better, a nicer flow, so I am happy he is changing it. He gets very upset when people, including reporters, don’t pronounce it correctly. Therefore, he shouldn’t mind, DeSanctimonious?” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
It’s the latest in the increasingly bitter flow of insults as former President Donald Trump posted the affront the moment DeSantis took the stage in Iowa on Wednesday evening.
“IN THE RIGHT”
DeSantis said that although there are substantive differences between the two, he still thinks President Trump accomplished a lot and is willing to give him credit. But Florida’s governor said Trump’s name-calling is simply the face of his deeper attacks on policy – and DeSantis says he’s the one that’s “in the right.”
“I think it’s so petty. I think it’s so juvenile. I don’t think that’s what voters want. And honestly, I think that his conduct, which he’s been doing for years now, I think that’s one of the reasons he’s not in the White House now. Because I think he alienated too many voters for things that really don’t matter. So I don’t get in the gutter for any of that,” DeSantis said.
“A DOSE OF FISCAL AND ECONOMIC SANITY”
Later Thursday morning, DeSantis told Granite State voters the country needs a “dose of fiscal and economic sanity,” which caught the attention of New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.
“I actually thought it was a pretty darn good speech,” Sununu said of DeSantis. “It’s not just about the woke stuff. He talked about fiscal discipline. He’s talking about doing things in Washington that folks haven’t gotten done – and whether that’s Ron or all the candidates – that’s what we have to be talking about,” Sununu told Fox News.
But Sununu still has not ruled out the possibility of jumping into the presidential race, which would make him DeSantis’ rival.
“I guess we’ll figure out where our conversation ends up, and that will dictate whether I get in the race or not,” Sununu told the outlet. “I will probably make a more public announcement in the next week.”