Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis staunchly defended supporters of his Republican primary rival Donald Trump during a recent interview, responding to comments made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who likened these supporters to a “cult” and suggested they required “deprogramming.”
During a recent appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” DeSantis defended the patriotism and earnestness of supporters of former president Trump.
“Hillary Clinton just said something like, maybe that cult needs [to] go to some re-education training or something just to get out of the Trump cult — but you see what you’re up against and how difficult it is,” said the host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Joe Kernen.
“I don’t, I reject that,” DeSantis responded. “I mean, look, these are patriotic Americans. They want to see the country do well.”
Kernen probed DeSantis on his strategy to win over Trump’s ardent supporters, especially if he were to critique Trump during his campaign.
“These folks get it. They want to see the country do well,” DeSantis said. “Some people will be with Trump no matter what. But I think the bulk of the people are people that appreciate what he did. They also understand that he has got limitations in terms of his electability. He would be a lame duck on day one. If he could even get elected, I think he’d have major problems with personnel. And of course, he didn’t deliver on his core promises to drain the swamp or to have Mexico pay for the border wall or to eliminate the debt.”
“He added 7.8 trillion to the debt,” DeSantis concluded. “So, that’s all fair game. We’re going to be able to make that case.”
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