‘He’s An A**hole’: Former GOP Rep Trashes Ron DeSantis For Supposedly Not Being Friendly While In Congress
A former Republican congressman from Michigan trashed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for not being friendly and personable during their time serving on the same committee in Congress.
David Trott, the former Michigan representative, “sat right next to” the Florida governor on the House Foreign Affairs committee for two years and never heard a “single word” out of DeSantis, he told Politico. Trott slammed the governor for being “arrogant” and an “asshole,” and wasn’t shocked that so many Florida representatives are backing former President Donald Trump in 2024 instead of DeSantis.
“I go to my first [House Foreign Affairs Committee] hearing early, and DeSantis showed up right at the gavel time and didn’t say hello or introduce himself,” Trott said. “And then the next hearing, the same thing happened. I think the third time it happened, I thought, ‘Oh, this guy’s not ever going to say hello to me.’”
Trott, who was a freshman member at the time, expected DeSantis to introduce himself, and when he didn’t, Trott took the initiative, he told Politico. While Trott said he realized that the governor has “talent” and is able to bolster voters by advancing “hot button issues,” he said DeSantis lacked a friendly personality.
“If you’re going to go into politics, kind of a fundamental skill that you should have is likability. I don’t think [he] has that,” Trott said. “He never developed any relationships with other members that I know of. You’d never see him talking on the floor with other people or palling around. He’s just a very arrogant guy, very focused on Ron DeSantis.”
Trott said the governor’s “awkward” interactions are playing out in his “pre-presidential campaign” among the Florida congressmembers, as many have thrown their support behind Trump, he told Politico. The former president has the backing of Reps. John Rutherford, Brian Mast, Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna, Greg Steube, Cory Mills and Byron Daniels, while DeSantis only has the endorsement of Rep. Laurel Lee.
“I think he’s an asshole. I don’t think he cares about people,” said Trott.
DeSantis’ political team did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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