Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro called out former President Donald Trump for mocking Gov. Ron DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
“There is is, Trump at 71. Ron DeSanctimonious at 10 percent,” the former president said at a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania while discussing the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Though DeSantis hasn’t confirmed that he will run, he and Trump are widely considered to be the top contenders for the Republican nomination.
Several conservative commentators, including Ben Shapiro, turned on the former president after he went on the offensive toward DeSantis. Shapiro tweeted that Trump had “no discipline” for the comments and called out his questionable political strategy for making fun of a popular Republican candidate.
A few points on "Ron DeSanctimonious":
1. Terrible branding.
2. Reminding everyone you have no discipline by attacking a top gubernatorial candidate popular with the base two days before an election and a week before launching a comeback campaign is…an interesting strategy.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 7, 2022
This comes at a less than idea time for Trump, as he is reportedly set to announce his candidacy for 2024 Thursday, shortly following Tuesday’s midterm elections. DeSantis is expected to not run if Trump does.
“He’s led them to believe he will not run if Trump does,” a Republican told Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman. “Another source told me DeSantis’s calculus is that, at age 44, he can easily wait until the next presidential cycle, so why risk a brutal primary fight against a pugilist like Trump? “He can walk into the presidency in 2028 without pissing off Trump or Florida,” the source said.