Ron DeSantis slams Donald Trump for "moving to the left" and becoming "a different guy"

Tallahassee, Florida - Governor Ron DeSantis slammed Donald Trump in a recent interview, describing himself as more conservative than his opponent for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

In a recent interview, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (r.) described himself as more conservative than Donald Trump, who he also said is "moving to the left."
In a recent interview, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (r.) described himself as more conservative than Donald Trump, who he also said is "moving to the left."  © Collage: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Who is more conservative: Trump or DeSantis? The latter thinks it's him.

DeSantis shared his damning critique of the former president in an interview this week with radio host Matt Murphy.

"It seems like he's running to the left and I have always been somebody that's just been moored in conservative principles," DeSantis explained.

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"So these will be interesting debates to have. But I can tell you, you don't win nationally by moving to the left. You win nationally by standing for bold policy," he continued. "We showed that in Florida."

DeSantis went on to say that Trump "is going left on a lot of issues" and "is a different guy today" than he was during his first campaign.

He added he believes Trump's 2024 campaign is going in "the wrong direction" and said he doesn't know why Trump began attacking him.

"After I won a big victory he wasn't happy with that. And he does his thing on social media. So you'd have to ask him about that," DeSantis said.

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The live Twitter talk between Elon Musk and Ron DeSantis to kick off his 2024 presidential campaign got things off to a rocky start.
The live Twitter talk between Elon Musk and Ron DeSantis to kick off his 2024 presidential campaign got things off to a rocky start.  © PEDRO UGARTE / AFP

The Florida governor, who is seen as Trump's biggest opponent, officially entered the race after filing with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

Later that day, he sat down with Twitter CEO Elon Musk for an hour-long conversation about his presidential ambitions hosted on Twitter Spaces, which was plagued with technical and sound issues.

Trump, who is currently leading in polls for the Republican Party nomination by wide margins, mocked DeSantis for the rocky launch event in a bizarre rant on Truth Social, where he appeared to compare the two politicians' penis sizes.

Despite DeSantis making big moves, Trump has continued to get more air time, and has another Town Hall event scheduled on Fox News on June 1.

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