In a pot calling the kettle “you know what,” Donald Trump has been weight-shaming Ron DeSantis and Chris Christie behind their considerable backsides. According to a new book by The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, the “perfect physical specimen” said that Christie had a “weight problem,” and called DeSantis “whiny,” and “fat.”
This isn’t the first time it’s been reported that the ex-President has said less than flattering things against his former protege DeSantis, who is being touted as the frontrunner to secure the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and is polling ahead of Trump. The ex-President reportedly knocked the Florida governor’s personality, referring to him as “dull.” DeSantis’ refusal to publicly state he isn’t going to run isn’t sitting well with the former president, who has privately called DeSantis “ungrateful,” and has whined, “Why won’t he just say he’s not going to run against me?” Business Insider reported.
“He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality.”
Axios‘ Jonathan Swan spoke with sources close to the matter, who told the reporter:
“In the context of the 2024 election, he usually gives DeSantis a pop in the nose in the middle of that type of conversation,” said a source who recently spoke to Trump about DeSantis.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a 2016 political rival of Trump’s and has flirted with throwing his hat in the 2024 ring.
In the book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, Haberman details a meeting she had with the election-denying ex-president in the summer of 2021 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
A snippet of the conversation was published in The Atlantic:
“I brought up another potential future primary rival, by mentioning that he had been compared to New Jersey’s feisty Governor Chris Christie before the two men faced off in the 2016 primary. Trump replied, ‘I was compared to him? Why? I didn’t know I had that big of a weight problem.’ A small smirk followed. Then: ‘He’s an opportunist.’ I heard that Trump was describing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in similar terms, calling him ‘fat,’ ‘phony,’ and ‘whiny,’ while claiming credit for making his candidacy in 2018.”
Donald Trump’s obsession with appearances is nothing new. He publicly criticized the looks of his opponents’ spouses – like when he insulted spineless Senator Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi – and creepily lusted over his daughter Ivanka – saying the quiet part out loud.
But as far as Trump calling DeSantis fat and whiny – it’s worth noting that the former president recently accused the governor of copying him.
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