Ron DeSantis Praises Attorney Suing Trump’s Biggest Allies
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently praised an attorney who is suing one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest allies.
On Tuesday morning, DeSantis held a roundtable to discuss defamation and introduced attorney Libby Locke, who is currently representing Dominion Voting Systems in its lawsuit against MyPillow CEO and Trump ally Mike Lindell.
“We are also joined today by Libby Locke, a partner at ClareLocke LLP and an exceptional figure when it comes to First Amendment defamation,” said DeSantis, introducing Locke on the panel.
DeSantis’ comments about Locke come as he continues to face criticism from Trump amid rumors that Florida’s governor could run for president in 2024 and become a Republican opponent against the former president.
Trump previously called DeSantis “DeSanctimonious” and said he thought rumors about Florida’s governor’s run for the presidency in 2024 were “disloyal.”
In November, DeSantis was asked about criticism from Trump, and in response he said, “One of the things I’ve learned in this job, when you lead, when you get things done, yes, you take entrance fire. That’s just nature.”
“We focused on results and leadership. And you know, at the end of the day, I would just tell people to look at the scoreboard last Tuesday night,” DeSantis added.
While DeSantis has yet to announce an official candidacy for the 2024 presidency, polls have shown he is in a close race against Trump. According to a recent poll conducted by the Club for Growth Action, Trump received 37 percent of support in a hypothetical Republican primary, while DeSantis received 33 percent. However, in a hypothetical matchup involving just those two candidates, the poll found DeSantis leading Trump by 9 percent.
Following DeSantis’ comments about Locke, Lindell, CEO of MyPillow and a prominent Trump ally, responded on Twitter.
“DeSantis is hosting Dominion Attorney Libby Locke! He’s showing his true colors!” Lindell wrote.
A number of other conservative Twitter users also joined the DeSantis discussion board.
Rapper Forgiato Blow or Kurt Jantz wrote: “Why is DeSantis rubbing elbows with Libby Locke?
Jantz was previously seen criticizing DeSantis for not endorsing Trump’s announcement for the 2024 presidency. “Why is it taking you so long to say you support Trump?” Jantz previously said about DeSantis while speaking to news week.
news week reached out to DeSantis’ office and Trump representatives for comment.
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