DeSantis has his eyes set on the White House. But not every member of his party wants him to get there.
And Ron DeSantis just received a stunning betrayal from a RINO.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and current Republican candidate for president, has some work to do in order to catch Donald Trump in the race for the party’s nomination.
Currently DeSantis is in second place at 12.5%, while Trump sits at 56.7% according to national polling from FiveThirtyEight.
Regardless, Governor DeSantis is still working to battle his way to the top.
But a certain U.S. Senator from Utah would be fine if he were to fail at his bid for the Oval Office.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has certainly had his disagreements with former President Donald Trump. And now he’s making sure DeSantis isn’t left out from his criticisms.
In the latest biography previewed by POLITICO Playbook, “Romney: A Reckoning,” by Mckay Coppins, Romney is quoted as saying, “There’s just no warmth at all,” regarding the Florida governor.
And when referring to DeSantis taking pictures with voters from Iowa, Romney said that he “looks like he’s got a toothache.”
Other excerpts from the book include, Sen. Romney saying, “You might point out, ‘Mitt, DeSantis is real smart–do you want an authoritarian who’s smart or one who’s not smart?’…I realize there’s a peril to having someone who’s smart and pulling in a direction that’s dangerous.”
Mitt Romney is a childish, petty, vindictive, and broken man. 1) Mitt Romney does not get to assess ANYONE's warmth. 2) DeSantis is an authoritarian? That's just stupid. 3) Reminder that Mitt Romney marched with Hamas-loving BLM. pic.twitter.com/EoBXBtWKI4
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 19, 2023
Romney also indicated that DeSantis is “much smarter than Trump,” which is why he’s worried about DeSantis being an “authoritarian” in the White House should he win in 2024.
But Mitt Romney didn’t stop with just Ron DeSantis. He also lobbed hefty criticisms towards other Republican politicians, some whom he ran against.
“A smug know-it-all, smarmy, and too pleased with himself,” he said of Newt Gingrich.
Romney referred to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as “frightening,” “scary,” and “a demagogue.”
From @playbookdc, another preview of the new Mitt Romney biography, in which Romney, consumed with old resentments, appears to dump on everyone who ever ran against him. https://t.co/0eYO0y1Ekt pic.twitter.com/M7DoHf3Z3q
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 19, 2023
Senator Romney obviously holds a grudge against many Republicans and it’s no wonder he’s transformed himself into a RINO.
And with his announcement to retire from the Senate and not seek re-election, maybe this new book is a way for him to stay relevant.
But his heavy criticism of Ron DeSantis might have just helped boost the Florida governor since disproval from a RINO is actually a good thing in the eyes of staunch conservatives.
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