Trump Says He’s Retired a Nickname

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( – On Sunday, January 21, former President Donald Trump stated that he would officially retire his nickname for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who he had previously been referring to as “DeSanctimonious.” This came after DeSantis revealed he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race, according to The Hill.

DeSantis announced earlier that day that he was dropping out of the Republican primary race and that he had endorsed the former President, despite the two of them clashing during the 2024 campaign trail. DeSantis’ campaign was suspended only a few days before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. As a result, Trump is currently only facing former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is the last major challenger in the 2024 GOP primary race.

On Sunday during his campaign stop in New Hampshire, Trump was asked whether he would still refer to the Florida governor by the nickname he had given him. In response, Trump said that the nickname was officially retired. A video of that statement was also shared on X, formerly Twitter, by Trump aide Margo Martin.

Trump had originally given DeSantis the name “Ron DeSanctimonious” ahead of the 2022 midterm elections when there had been many rumors circulating about DeSantis possibly joining the presidential race. DeSantis brushed off the name throughout his campaign and stated that the name-calling was juvenile, according to The Hill.

Following the suspension of his campaign, DeSantis signaled his support for the former President in a video announcement. Trump stated in response that he was “very honored” to have the endorsement of the Florida governor.

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