Trump announced his bid for a second term as president in November and has since launched multiple attacks on DeSantis, calling him «Ron DeSanctimonious» and accusing him of playing games by not formally announcing any 2024 presidential ambitions.
Earlier this month, Trump also reposted a message on social media implying that DeSantis was grooming teenage girls. DeSantis responded by saying that he doesn’t «waste my time trying to smear other Republicans.»
“I will never call Ron DeSanctimonious ‘Meatball’ Ron, as the fake news insists I will,” Trump wrote in the post early Saturday morning in which he launched several attacks on DeSantis, “it would be totally inappropriate to use the word ‘meatball’ as a nickname for Ron!
Trump, who is famous for using nicknames to describe his opponents, also referred to a «low energy» Jeb Bush in his post, echoing the nickname he used to define the former Florida governor in the 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination.