Ron DeSantis Wouldn’t Mention Trump When Asked About 2024

( )- Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, appeared on Monday on the “Fox & Friends” program, and the hosts pressed him about several political attacks that were directed his way recently – many of which came from fellow GOP officials.

One name that didn’t come out of DeSantis’ mouth, though, was a curious one – former President Donald Trump.

DeSantis held his interview live from a restaurant in Staten Island, New York, that had a lot of local law enforcement officials present. It was part of a tour he’s doing in four different cities that he determines to be very progressive yet soft on immigration, crime and other political points that DeSantis is trying to get behind.

It’s a curious national trip that DeSantis is making, as he hasn’t yet announced that he’s officially running for president in 2024.

Much of the interview centered around softball questions, such as what DeSantis thought about President Joe Biden taking a secretive visit to Ukraine, which is an active war zone, even though the U.S. military isn’t directly involved. DeSantis responded that the Biden administration seems to care more about the borders of Ukraine than it does its own borders – in reference to the migrant crisis at the southern border with Mexico.

Toward the end of the interview, Lisa Boothe, one of the program’s hosts, asked DeSantis about the recent attacks on him that have come from other members of the Republican Party.

Boothe brought up two prominent Republicans – Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who announced her presidential candidacy recently, and Larry Hogan, the former governor of Maryland. One person she didn’t mention, though, was Trump, who has hurled multiple insults DeSantis’ way recently in anticipation of the two going after each other in the 2024 GOP primary for president.

DeSantis responded that he believed the attacks from fellow Republicans were just “positive feedback” because he’s “out there leading [and] setting the agenda, not just for Florida, but for the nation.”

He continued:

“But, I can tell you, if people are not firing at me, I must not be doing my job.”

Why Fox would keep Trump out of the discussion when it’s so obvious that he’s also attacked DeSantis is a curious decision. Could it be because recent news has come to light that many of Fox’s top anchors believed that Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen were lies – even as they pushed those lies on air?

Could it have to do with the fact that this is what’s being litigated right now in a massive defamation lawsuit that Dominion filed against Fox?

Who knows.

However you look at it, it’s a pretty glaring omission for Fox not to bring Trump up when questioning his likely main challenger in the 2024 GOP primary while DeSantis was on a national tour of progressive cities that looks like a precursor to a presidential candidacy announcement.