Ron DeSantis hits back at Trump over 'groomer' smear
Gov. Ron DeSantis (Photo via Saul Loeb for AFP)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday hit back at former President Donald Trump, a day after Trump promoted a social media post accusing DeSantis of "grooming" teenage girls.

While speaking with reporters, DeSantis was asked about Trump's decision to amplify a Truth Social post that accused DeSantis of plying teen girls with alcohol while he was a high school teacher.

After filibustering for a bit, DeSantis directly addressed Trump's efforts to falsely smear him as a sexual predator.

"I spend my time delivering results for the people of Florida and fighting against Joe Biden," the Florida governor said. "That's how I spend my time. I don't spend my time trying to smear other Republicans."

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For years, Trump has made a habit of launching baseless smear campaigns against his political rivals, most infamously in 2016 when mocked the appearance of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) wife and insinuated that his father may have been involved in the assassination of former President John Kennedy.

So far, DeSantis has not formally announced a run for the presidency, but Trump has already identified him as his top potential rival for the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination and has taken to labeling him as "Ron DeSanctimonious."

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