DeSantis’ title was included within the occasion’s program although he was not in attendance, and The Day by day Present’s Trevor Noah, who carried out on the dinner, made it appear as if DeSantis was within the viewers earlier than a string of jokes targeted on the governor’s rivalry with former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis, who on Monday didn’t immediately reply to Noah, and Trump have downplayed tensions, which at occasions have been public. Each are jockeying for place forward of a 2024 presidential election cycle the place many anticipate Trump to once more run. DeSantis is seen as the one viable main challenger or the front-runner if Trump doesn’t run.
“One in all my favorites, Ron DeSantis is right here,” Noah advised Saturday evening’s attendees, pointing to the viewers. “Oh man, I’m really stunned that he discovered the time. he has been so busy attempting to outmaneuver [former President Donald] Trump for 2024. I see you, Ron. I see you, participant.”
The roughly two minutes of DeSantis-focused ribbing performed on the perceived pressure between the 2, together with the truth that Trump was attempting to encourage folks to get the Covid-19 vaccine in January, and calling politicians who wouldn’t say in the event that they bought the booster shot “gutless.” DeSantis has publicly sidestepped questions on his booster standing.
“Yeah, I’ve seen what you’ve been doing, blaming Trump for the lockdowns, distancing your self from the vaccines that Trump created along with his personal two palms,” Noah mentioned.
DeSantis has principally downplayed potential presidential aspirations, whilst he has persistently skilled his political and coverage deal with nationwide points that stir the conservative base. He has developed near-rockstar standing amongst Republicans throughout the nation over the previous yr, a time that has seen him win a number of 2024 straw polls that don’t embrace Trump.
DeSantis most lately addressed the problem this weekend on The Truth with Lisa Boothe, a Florida-based conservative media character.
“The attention-grabbing factor is, you understand, folks could have paraphernalia about me sooner or later, folks at all times convey it as much as me and stuff, however you understand, I’ve by no means finished something alongside these traces, I’ve mainly simply finished my job,” DeSantis mentioned.
“And so I feel what it exhibits is, is that individuals simply wanna see folks which are keen to steer and keen to battle for the folks, realizing you’re gonna face arrows, realizing you’re gonna be capable of should be within the kitchen when it will get sizzling, however who’s gonna stand there and lead us out of this morass?” DeSantis added. “And so we simply do what we will do to assist Florida, nevertheless it actually has had implications past the nation, and actually I get people who write in to Florida from different international locations saying, we glance to Florida as form of the beacon.”