Former President Donald J. Trump on Sunday thanked Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida for endorsing him after suspending his marketing campaign, calling Mr. DeSantis — as soon as a prime rival whom Mr. Trump spent important time bashing in his speeches — “gracious.”
Talking to a packed home at a historic theater in Rochester, N.H., Mr. Trump referred to as Mr. DeSantis’s spouse, Casey, a “actually terrific particular person.” And he stated that Mr. DeSantis “ran a extremely good marketing campaign.”
“I’ll inform you, it’s not simple,” Mr. Trump stated. “They suppose it’s simple to run these things, proper? It’s not simple.”
He went on: “However as you realize, he left the marketing campaign path right this moment at 3 p.m.,” including, “And in so doing, he was very gracious, and he endorsed me, so I recognize that.”
For months, Mr. Trump made attacking Mr. DeSantis a focus of his marketing campaign speeches, notably in Iowa. He bashed Mr. DeSantis as disloyal, referred to as him a poor governor and advised he was a political opportunist whose positions had shifted as he ran for president.
However after Mr. Trump’s dominant victory within the Iowa caucuses, during which Mr. DeSantis completed a distant second, Mr. Trump shifted his sights to Nikki Haley, the previous South Carolina governor who’s his closest-polling competitor within the New Hampshire major race.
In speeches this previous week, Mr. Trump largely swiped at Mr. DeSantis in informal asides that advised he wasn’t well worth the time.
“You discover I haven’t talked about the identify of Ron DeSanctimonious but,” Mr. Trump stated at a rally in Manchester on Saturday, utilizing a derisive moniker he bestowed on the Florida governor final 12 months. “I believe he’s gone.”
Sunday was maybe the primary day in months that Mr. Trump didn’t use that nickname. Earlier within the day, he informed supporters at his marketing campaign headquarters in Manchester that he would cease utilizing that nickname after Mr. DeSantis left the race.
“Will I be utilizing the identify Ron DeSanctimonious?” Mr. Trump stated. “I stated that identify is formally retired.”