Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made it clear that he’s not OK with former President Donald Trump attacking Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis as we prepare for the 2024 presidential election.
Graham, who has endorsed Trump’s third run for the White House, admitted on Fox News that the former president is “not into ‘thou shalt nots.’”
Graham spoke about President Ronald Reagan’s so-called eleventh commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”
“That’s not his thing,” Graham said.
When Trump announced his third bid for the presidency in November, he began a rhetoric that is critical of DeSantis, and he has only increased its intensity. And DeSantis has yet to even officially declare his intention to run in 2024.
But the governor often is at the top of any 2024 polls right there with Trump, even after Trump throws shade like calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
Just this week, DeSantis seemed to take his first counter-punch at Trump while he was commenting on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. This case could lead to an unprecedented indictment of the former president.
“I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair, I can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said.
But he also spoke out against the Manhattan District Attorney saying that he is “ignoring” crimes in his jurisdiction.
Graham also said, “The bottom line is: I think if I were Trump, which I am not, I would be running on four years of being a pretty effective president,” Graham said. “The best is yet to come.”
Graham indicated he would focus on the positive if he were Trump, touting, “‘DeSantis, I picked him out of a crowd. I knew he was talented early on. I’m the guy that saw the talent. He’s been a great governor, but I’m better able to be president.’”
Graham conceded, “that ain’t gonna happen.”