DeSantis Under Fire for Response to Trump’s Newest Indictment

( – Ron DeSantis’ plate is full, but not full enough, apparently, as he faces scrutiny and criticism from fellow Republicans over his lackluster defense of former president Donald Trump, who is facing a third indictment.

Trump is being charged with three counts of conspiracy and one count of obstruction.

Tweeting recently, the Florida governor and GOP president hopeful, said that the “weaponization of government” should stop, and if elected, he would “replace the FBI director.” He did not specifically refer to Trump by name and admitted that he had not read the indictment yet. The tweet has currently been seen by more than six million Twitter users, but only has a tad more than 18,000 likes. DeSantis also bemoaned the fact that the charges were filed in Washington D.C. – which he called a “swamp – a Democratic bulwark. He added that if chosen as president, he would allow Americans to “remove cases from Washington, DC to their home districts.”

Trump will face the court in DC, with U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan presiding.

However, DeSantis’ remarks were apparently not enough for many prominent Republicans, as several celebrities and influential people on the right took to social media to call out the Florida governor for not doing enough.

Liz Harrington, spokeswoman for Trump, quoted DeSantis’ tweet, replying that the latter had the same goals as the “deep state” and called the charges against Trump “BS” and a “sham”. Another prominent Trump supported, Caitlyn Jenner, tweeted, “SHAME ON TEAM DESANTIS!” Jenner called on DeSantis to directly state that he would pardon Trump – who she claimed is being “unjustly persecuted” – if the former were to sit at the White House. She also claimed that DeSantis hoped to benefit from Trump’s circumstances. Conservative commentator and political analyst Sean Davis of the Federalist called the DeSantis remarks “robotic.”

The former president continues to enjoy a significant advantage in the polls against his rivals to secure the Republican presidential nomination. A recent poll by the New York Times and Sienna College shows Trump zooming way ahead of the competition with 54% support. DeSantis is a far second with only 17% support.

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