Ron DisHonest. Ron DeEstablishment. Tiny D. Ron DeSanctimonious. Shutdown Ron. Meatball Ron.
These are some of the names former President Donald Trump has been floating for Gov. Ron DeSantis to prepare to attack the governor when he announces for president.
DeSantis is widely expected to announce his candidacy after the legislative season wraps up in May. Trump has already accused DeSantis of being disloyal to him for even considering a run for the White House.
But Trump hasn’t waited to go on the attack.
Publicly he’s already given him the moniker Ron DeSanctimonious, but media outlets have reported privately he’s been trying out other names mentioned above.
On Feb. 7, Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social to even accuse DeSantis of “grooming.”
According to Media Matters for America:
“Trump reposted a picture that appeared to show a young DeSantis — from when he was a teacher at a preparatory school — drinking and in the arms of several of his students. The picture was captioned “Here is Ron DeSanctimonious grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher. While the authenticity of the photos is unverified, reports from former students appear to confirm DeSantis socialized with high schoolers at parties while employed as a teacher.”
In another attack media outlets reported Trump was privately calling DeSantis “Meatball Ron.”
Trump denied the reports by calling him posting on Truth Social “I will never call Ron DeSanctimonious ‘Meatball’ Ron, as the Fake News is insisting I will.”
In another post Trump wrote: “His loyalty skills are really weak. It would be totally inappropriate to use the word ‘meatball’ as a moniker for Ron!”
But according to Bloomberg Trump still favors “Ron DeSanctimonious,” – the first name he came up with.
During his initial run for president in 2016 Trump branded many of his rivals with disparage nicknames including “Low Energy Jeb” for former Florida governor Jeb Bush; and “Little Marco” for Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
He’s come up with so many nicknames Wikipedia has a whole page, List of nicknames used by Donald Trump, dedicated to the subject.
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