Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has denounced former President Donald Trump for underestimating military soldiers by comparing their services with his debate with former First Lady Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Here are the details of the news.
DeSantis Bashes Trump for Bragging About Debating Hillary Clinton
On Sunday, Republican 2024 Presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized former President and other Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump for comparing his debate with Hillary Clinton in 2016 to that of soldiers fighting on the battlefield.
DeSantis wrote on X (Twitter), “Trump denigrates military service by claiming it is ‘braver’ that he debated Hillary Clinton than what soldiers endure on the battlefield.”
The criticism came after Trump discussed his debate with Hillary Clinton, a former First Lady and a Democrat nominee in the 2016 presidential election, while speaking at the New York Young Republican Club’s annual gala Saturday night.
At the event, the former President claimed his decision to debate Clinton was braver than a soldier fighting in a war.
The debate took place after the release of Trump’s video clip in 2016 in which he made vulgar statements about women.
Recalling how a general praised his decision, Trump said in his speech, “But I went onto that stage just a few days later. And a general, who’s a fantastic general, actually, said to me, ‘Sir, I’ve been on the battlefield.
“Men have gone down on my left and on my right. I stood on hills with soldiers who were killed.”
“But I believe the bravest thing I’ve ever seen was the night you went onto that stage with Hillary Clinton after what happened.'” The former President has not mentioned the name of a general.
DeSantis, who is struggling to maintain his second spot for the Republican nomination, rarely targets the former President.
His criticism of Trump is mainly restricted to his failure to build a border wall or achieve certain other objectives.
However, on this occassion, the Florida Governor attacked Trump for not participating in all four Republican Presidential Primary debates.
In the same post on Sunday, he called the former President a coward for choosing to skip the GOP debate and instead appear in other shows and interviews.
DeSantis wrote, “Debating isn’t brave. It’s the bare minimum any candidate should do. Hiding from debates, on the other hand, is an example of cowardice.”
Also, read “Takeaways from Trump’s town hall with Sean Hannity.”
Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump, has responded to DeSantis’s criticism, saying, “Mr. DeSantis was having a meltdown of epic proportions by regurgitating Democrat talking points.”
“The fact is that Ron’s getting blown out in every single poll, and nothing he has done up to this point has changed his almost nonexistent standing with voters.”
Trump has been dominating the GOP presidential field and is leading for the GOP nomination in many key early-voting states.
According to a new poll of Iowa Republicans released Monday, Trump is leading against DeSantis by more than 30 points. According to another poll, the former President has the support of 51% of potential Iowa voters.
Trump’s support has increased compared to October, while the Florida Governor is in second place at 19% likely voter approval.
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