Joe Rogan criticized former President Trump’s nickname for his potential GOP rival Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – Ron DeSanctimonious – saying: ‘It’s not a good one.’
Trump had started using the nicknames for DeSantis during private conversations, a report by the New York Times revealed last week.
On Rogan’s show this week, the host and writer Bridget Phetas discussed how Trump is ‘losing his touch with nicknames’ as the former president continues to roll out the insults about DeSantis.
It comes as tensions continue to boil between the two potential 2024 rivals, even though DeSantis has not announced a presidential run.
Joe Rogan on his show this week criticized former President Trump’s nickname for his potential GOP rival Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – Ron DeSanctimonious – saying: ‘It’s not a good one’
Trump had started using the nicknames for DeSantis during private conversations, a report by the New York Times revealed last week
There is tension between the two potential 2024 rivals, though DeSantis has not announced a presidential run. Trump endorsed DeSantis for governor in 2018, taking credit for his victory
It all began when Trump hit the campaign trail late last month. He told reporters on his plane between events in New Hampshire and South Carolina that it would be very ‘disloyal’ if DeSantis launched a 2024 primary bid against him.
Trump, who had endorsed DeSantis for Florida governor in 2018 and has taken credit for his victory, has been rolling out the insults against him.
Rogan on his show this week said: ‘He calls him Ron DeSanctimonious.’
Phetasy interjects with: ‘He needs to come up with another–’ while Rogan concludes: ‘It’s not a good one.’
Phetasy adds: ‘He’s losing his touch with the nicknames.’
Rogan then says: ‘There’s just not a good one that you can come up with for Ron ’cause Ron is, he’s too good with that base and his success in Florida is pretty unparalleled.’
The nicknames have continued even after Trump said in an early Saturday morning post on his Truth Social platform that he will not call DeSantis by the nickname ‘Meatball Ron,’ but then repeated a different slur for his potential GOP challenger in the same post.
The former president claimed it would be ‘inappropriate’ to use the word ‘meatball’ as a moniker – which has been reported to be a jab at DeSantis’ Italian heritage.
‘I will never call Ron DeSanctimonious ‘Meatball’ Ron, as the Fake News is insisting I will,’ he wrote on conservative social media site.
On Rogan’s show this week, the host and writer Bridget Phetas discussed how Trump is ‘losing his touch with nicknames’ as the former president continues to insult DeSantis
Trump said in a Truth Social post Saturday that will not call DeSantis by nickname ‘Meatball Ron’ because it would be ‘inappropriate’
The post continued: ‘Even though FoxNews killing lightweight Paul Ryan is revered by him, Low Energy Jeb Bush is his hero and always at his side, his beaches and State were closed for long periods of time, his testing, testing, testing for the China Virus didn’t work out too well, and his loyalty skills are really weak, it would be totally inappropriate to use the word ‘meatball’ as a moniker for Ron!’
But this week, late that night, he posted again accusing DeSantis of being backed by a ‘pervert’ organization and being a ‘RINO in disguise.’
‘Ron DeSanctimonious wants to cut your Social Security and Medicare, closed up Florida & its beaches, loves RINOS Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and Karl Rove (disasters ALL!), is backed by Globalist’s Club for NO Growth, Lincoln Pervert Project, & ‘Uninspired’ Koch — And it only gets worse from there,’ Trump wrote.
‘He is a RINO in disguise!’ he lamented, ‘whose Poll numbers are dropping like a rock. Good luck Ron!’
Listing a few establishment Republicans like former House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was an attempt for Trump to further link DeSantis to being a ‘Republican in Name Only’, which has been shortened to RINO.
Trump called DeSantis a ‘RINO in disguise’ in the latest attack and repeated his insulting moniker for the Florida governor: ‘DeSanctimonious’
But in an interview with The New York Post, the governor laughed off the nicknames.
He recalled a time as a teenager showing up for baseball practice at the field used by the Toronto Blue Jays for spring training.
‘The Blue Jays would have spring training games at 1 o’clock and we would come to practice at 4 and the pros would be leaving,’ DeSantis said, adding that the big leaguers would often tease the high schoolers.
‘We would have our names on the lockers and sometimes the pros would change the spelling of our names to make bad words,’ he explained.
When asked if his was ever changed to DeSanctimonious, he laughed.
‘No. There weren’t enough letters to be able to do that. I don’t know if anyone even can spell that.’
Trump has rolled out a number of new insults for DeSantis in recent months. But in an interview with The New York Post, the governor laughed off the nicknames
He has also reportedly called him ‘Shutdown Ron’ over his state’s brief economic and social lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DeSantis had seen his star rise during the pandemic as a vocal opponent to the Biden administration’s public health policies, from vaccinations to remote learning.
He’s fast becoming a viable alternative for Republican voters who appreciated Trump’s policies but found the man himself to be too bombastic and divisive.
But like most governors, DeSantis did oversee early pandemic restrictions when COVID-19 became a serious issue in the US in March 2020. He made restrictions even stiffer in Broward and Palm Beach counties, shutting down their beaches – which Trump has been quick to bring up in recent weeks.
Trump told CNN on his plane last month that DeSantis was trying to ‘rewrite history’ on his governing during the pandemic.
DeSantis has not formally declared his intention to run for president, but his refusal to rule out a potential primary challenge to Trump has infuriated the former president.
And in addition to his reportedly snide nicknames thrown out behind closed doors, Trump has ramped up his trademark colorful attacks against the governors in public as well.
He’s knocked him as ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ on multiple occasions in recent weeks, a nickname Trump debuted just before the midterm election races which earned him criticism from fellow Republicans for shooting inside the tent.
Trump has also used his Truth Social platform to promote rumors that DeSantis partied with underaged girls while working as a teacher at a Georgia high school.
He re-shared a follower’s post of an image purported to be a young DeSantis, with three girls around him whose faces are blurred out.
‘Ron DeSantis was having a ‘drink’ party with his students when he was a high school teacher. Having drinks with underage girls and cuddling with them certainly look pretty gross and ephebophiliaesque,’ the post said.
Trump commented: ‘No way?’
‘That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!’ he added in a separate post.
DeSantis captured 53 percent of the vote from Republican respondents in a hypothetical head-to-head primary race, while Trump netted just 40 percent
DeSantis captured 53 percent of the vote from Republican respondents in a hypothetical head-to-head primary race, while Trump netted just 40 percent. The poll was taken January 26 through February 2.
For now, Trump remains a leading figure within the GOP and exercises tremendous influence among primary voters.
Still, the field of Republican presidential candidates is beginning to expand with his former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, announcing her candidacy. Polling suggests that GOP voters are open to backing someone other than Trump.
More moderate challengers, such as former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, may soon emerge. Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, and secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, might run. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott is planning to visit Iowa, fueling speculation about his political future.