Former President Donald Trump said he has officially retired his nickname for Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis after the governor dropped out of the Republican presidential race and endorsed him.
Trump, while speaking at a campaign stop, said he will not be using the nickname “DeSanctimonious” for DeSantis, adding that the name is officially retired.
“…Will I be using the name DeSanctimonious? I said that name is officially retired,” Trump said to loud cheers from the crowd.
— Margo Martin (@margommartin) January 21, 2024
Trump and DeSantis began their rivalry in late 2024 when the Florida governor began to emerge as a serious candidate for the Republican 2024 presidential ticket. The former president coined the nickname during a campaign rally on Nov. 5, 2022.
The former president told Fox News’ Bret Baier last June That he coined the nickname for the governor because he was disloyal for running against him.
“Because I got him elected and I thought it was very disloyal when he said yes, ‘I’d run.’ I got him past two races,” Trump said. “I got him past the primary because he was losing by 30 points or more,” Trump replied.
“So it’s a loyalty question?” Baier followed up.
“Yeah, it’s loyalty, I’m a big loyalist. You know, some people say some people right here in this room have told me, ‘Sir, don’t worry about loyalty. Loyalty doesn’t mean anything in politics,’” Trump replied. “I got the guy elected. He came to see me, let’s say weeping because he was dead. He was getting out of the race. He was looking for jobs already. Probably at law firms or wherever he is going to look. He was totally dead. He ran a horrible campaign…it was like a wipeout. The election was going to be very soon. I said you are dead. If George Washington endorsed you, you are not going to win.”
My reaction to DeSantis dropping out of the race pic.twitter.com/5jm6dveso2
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 22, 2024
The battle between both men may have ended on Sunday after DeSantis dropped out of the race and endorsed the former president. The Florida governor revealed that he was endorsing Trump because he believes the former president is a better choice than President Joe Biden and Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Halley.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill pic.twitter.com/ECoR8YeiMm
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 21, 2024