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Former President Donald Trump has finally responded to talk about having Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his vice presidential pick in the 20924 election.
The former president doused the idea with ice cold water in reaction to a DeSantis interview on Newsmax where he was asked if he would consider being a vice president for Trump.
“I think I’m probably more of an executive guy,” he said. “I think that you wanna be able to do things. That’s part of the reason I got into this job, is because we have action. We’re able to make things happen, and I think that’s probably what I’m best suited for.”
Ron DeSantis appears on Newsmax, then immediately gets slammed by the next guest on the same show. (Video: Newsmax) pic.twitter.com/9LNFkn0VSs
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) March 24, 2023
On Friday, in his own interview with Newsmax, Trump said that having DeSantis as his vice president is “very unlikely” after host Rob Schmitt asked him “Was that ever an option for you?”
“No, I never thought of it,” he said. “I think that we have a lot of great people in the Republican Party. I never thought of it. But you know, some people every once in a while mention it, but that’s about it. No, I think that would be a very unlikely alliance.”
He again took credit for DeSantis becoming the governor of Florida and for his popularity in the Republican Party.
“Look, I appointed him,” he said. “He was failing badly in the polls. He was out of politics. He was going to be out of politics and I endorsed him. And he went from a very small number to a very high number.”
And he insisted that DeSantis could not achieve victory on his own.
“If you look at his record, he can’t win because he voted against Social Security,” he said. “I mean, he voted against things that are so, so important. Medicare, he voted against Medicare. He wanted to raise the age substantially for people getting Social Security.”
Trump: Ron DeSantis "was a disciple of Paul Ryan and that means, that's a bad person, that's a bad person to be a disciple of." pic.twitter.com/26auwY3TrU
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) March 24, 2023
This month Fox News personality Tomi Lahren, who has been an avid supporter of former President Trump, just took sides against him in his ongoing feud with Gov. DeSantis.
She spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night about the Republicans attacking opponents before the primary and she did not like the former president’s attacks on Gov. DeSantis, Mediaite reported.
“So when we talk about the negative attacks, it’s one-sided right now,” she said, acknowledging that DeSantis has not hit back. She said the former president’s attacks were “very frustrating,” and “it’s like going after an imaginary friend, right now, when Ron DeSantis hasn’t even announced yet.”
“It looks like Trump is already upset, anxious, and I don’t think that’s a good look for him,” Lahren said.
“It’s going to come down to this between Ron and Don. It’s gonna come down to who can convince us that they can win,” she said.
She said that she still supports Trump but she could be swayed to vote for someone else.
“No candidate is a given,” she said. “I am a Trump supporter, I’ve been a Trump supporter, but that doesn’t mean he automatically has my vote. I want to see them have great policy debates, but I also wanna hear them tell us how their election strategy is gonna set them up to win.”
It comes after the former president got some fantastic news as he added another achievement to his impressive list of life accomplishments.
He has topped the iTunes charts with his first single, “Justice For All,’ defeating competitors like Miley Cyrus and Tim McGraw, Breitbart News reported.
“Justice For All,” is a tribute to the January 6 prisoners that features the “J6 Prison Choir,” an ensemble of prisoners who can be heard chanting singing the national anthem and while Trump recites the Pledge of Allegiance.
As of Friday, “Justice For All” has overtaken Cyrus’s “Flowers,” McGraw’s “Standing Room Only, and Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” on iTunes’ national rankings, making it the number one song in America on the platform.
“’Justice For All’ by the J6 Prison Choir and former President Donald Trump is the first song ever released by a former U.S. President. This powerful and moving song raises awareness and support for the political prisoners still locked in jail without trial following the January 6th protest in 2021,” Kash Patel said in a press release.
“J6 Prison Choir consists of individuals who have been incarcerated as a result of their involvement in the January 6, 2021 protest for election integrity after President Donald J. Trump stated ‘I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard’. The J6PC continues to make their voices heard through the power of music and sings ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ every evening before bed, inside Pod C2B of the DC Jail – a.k.a – the DC gulag,” he said.