Donald Trump came up with one nickname for Ron DeSantis that had everyone talking

Feb 16, 2023

Polls show Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is Donald Trump’s number-one rival for the 2024 GOP Presidential nomination.

Political insiders expect DeSantis to announce his campaign when the Florida legislative session ends in May. 

And Donald Trump came up with one nickname for Ron DeSantis that had everyone talking.

In 2016, Donald Trump stampeded to the GOP nomination and defeated Hillary Clinton in large part due to branding his opponents with clever nicknames that highlighted personal characteristics about them that voters already did not like.

Polls show DeSantis running neck-and-neck with Trump nationally and ahead of him in key early voting states like South Carolina.

Trump is now facing the first real challenge to his grip on the Republican Party since winning the nomination in 2016.

And the New York Times reports that Trump is road testing nicknames for DeSantis like “Meatball Ron” and “Shutdown Ron” to attack him over his weight and the fact that he ordered a brief shutdown in Florida at the outset of the pandemic.

“Mr. Trump’s efforts to undermine Mr. DeSantis began with the ‘DeSanctimonious’ nickname as the Governor concluded his successful re-election campaign. Many conservatives — who had cheered Mr. Trump’s behavior when it was directed at Democrats — reacted angrily and were protective of Mr. DeSantis,” the New York Times reports.

This is a risky move.

Polls show DeSantis is the second most popular Republican in America behind Trump.

Trump tried a “DeSanctimonious” nickname for the Florida Governor before the Midterm elections.

Trump quickly dropped the nickname after it did not land well with conservatives and DeSantis rolled to an historic 19-point re-election victory.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump denied that he was floating various nicknames to use against DeSantis in 2024.

“All of the Fake News is reporting that I spend large amounts of my time coming up with a good ‘nickname’ for Ron DeSanctimonious, who is obviously going to give the presidential ‘thing’ a shot,” Trump posted.

“They are all 100% wrong, I don’t even think about it — A very unimportant subject to me!!!” Trump added.

Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 

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