Did former President Trump target Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in recent comments to One America News Network? That’s what it seems like.
During an interview, Trump referred to politicians who refuse to reveal their vaccination status as “gutless.” The intense rhetoric has caused some to wonder if he was specifically referencing DeSantis, who has also been floated as a potential 2024 competitor.
According to The Washington Examiner:
“Many politicians — I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed, and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ because they had the vaccine, and the answer is ‘yes,’ but they’re not answering it,” he said. “Because they’re gutless. You gotta say it, whether you had it or not.”
Trump also said that he does not believe “young, healthy people” should take the vaccine. He cited his son Barron, 15, whom he said was barely affected when he was infected with COVID-19. The former president also said he did not experience any side effects when he got the vaccine and argued that it saved tens of millions of lives globally.
DeSantis, who said that he received the “normal shot” of the COVID-19 vaccine, avoided a question about whether he got the booster shot in a Fox News interview last December.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL): “So, uh, I’ve done, whatever I did. The normal shot. And that at the end of the day is peoples’ individual decisions about what they want to do.”
Multiple pollsters have regarded DeSantis as Trump’s biggest competitor if both Republicans launch 2024 presidential campaigns.