Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Nikki Fried took aim at Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) after he sat down for an interview with British television host Piers Morgan for his show, “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”
Fried lost the 2022 Democratic nomination to ex-Republican Charlie Crist — who then lost the gubernatorial race to DeSantis in a blowout — but she took a moment on Tuesday to mock DeSantis for doing the interview in the first place, suggesting that he had only done it to resuscitate a flagging campaign.
“Ron DeSantis retreated to a flipping @piersmorgan interview to try to save his failing campaign,” Fried tweeted. “Bahahahahahahaa. Hahahahahahahaa. Bahahahahahahah.”
Ron DeSantis retreated to a flipping @piersmorgan interview to try to save his failing campaign.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) March 21, 2023
Morgan fired right back at Fried, pointing out the fact that the state party she chairs had just lost — and lost big — to the man she was attempting to ridicule.
“No disrespect but if I were a Florida Democrat, I’d probably avoid talking about failing campaigns when it comes to a guy who just flatlined you …” Morgan tweeted in response.
No disrespect but if I were a Florida Democrat, I’d probably avoid talking about failing campaigns when it comes to a guy who just flatlined you…. https://t.co/2TBZqxYI9P
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 21, 2023
DeSantis has not even officially declared his intention to seek the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination — although a number of sources have indicated that he is likely to do so — but he hinted during the interview that he might be ready to run and win against President Joe Biden.
“If I were to run, I’m running against Biden, Like we [he and Trump] are competing for the Republican [nomination], potentially, I get that, but ultimately, you know, the guy I’m gonna focus on is Biden because I think he’s failed the country. I think the country wants a change. I think they want a fresh start and a new direction and so we’ll be very vocal about that. I spent a lot of time in Florida fighting back,” DeSantis told Morgan.
DeSantis also made it clear that he believed he’d be able to defeat Biden in a presidential race.
Morgan previewed the interview in an op-ed, saying it was “clear that the governor has had enough of Trump’s constant baiting and felt ready to take him on.”
Ryan Saavedra contributed to this report.