A RINO is someone who is a Republican in name only, not in their actions.
Will Witt of The Florida Standard sat down with Florida governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis to ask him for a response to Trump supporters calling him a Republican in name only.
“I have the boldest record of any elected Republican in the country,” DeSantis confidently tells Witt.
“How many establishment Republicans would send troops to the southern border? How many establishment Republicans would ban transgender surgeries for minors? How many establishment Republicans would eliminate critical race theory from our K-12 schools? How many establishment Republicans would have been willing to fund transportation for illegal aliens to go to Martha’s Vineyard? How many establishment Republicans would have done the constitutional carry for the Second Amendment or the heartbeat bill?”
DeSantis goes on to tell Witt that “we have a strand in our party that views supporting Trump as whether you are a RINO or not. And so you could be the most conservative person since sliced bread. Unless you’re kissing his rear end, they will somehow call you a RINO.”
He adds that “if all we are is listless vessels” that follow “whatever happens to come down the pike on Truth Social every morning, that’s not going to be a durable movement.”
However, Trump supporters did not like that sentiment, likening calling them “listless vessels” to Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters “deplorables.”
Pat Gray notes that this disdain for DeSantis has been explained in a recent poll.
CBS News took a survey of 2,061 Americans, which ended up showing that Trump supporters have more trust in Donald Trump than in their family, friends, or religious leaders.
“Team Trump did post a press release asking DeSantis to apologize for his comments,” Keith Malinak responds, “and I think they posted that on Truth Social, if I’m not mistaken. So, the irony is kind of thick.”
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