DeSantis hits back at McCarthy for saying he’s not on ‘same level’ as Trump: ‘Badge of honor’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fired back at Speaker Kevin McCarthy after the Republican lawmaker said he is not at the “same level” as former President Donald Trump and that Trump would be the GOP nominee. 

“I think if you look at what’s happened with D.C. Republicans, they worked very closely. Look, Donald Trump, he supported Kevin McCarthy very strongly for speaker. I don’t think he would have won the speaker vote. Donald Trump was instrumental in him earning that speaker’s gavel,” DeSantis told a reporter on Monday.

He added that Trump and McCarthy were on the “same team” on “every major spending bill” that added $7.8 trillion to the national debt.

“Never in a four-year period has that much been added than what they did together. And so he (McCarthy) said we’re different. We are different, because in Florida, we run budget surpluses, We’ve paid down nearly 25% of our state’s debt just since I’ve been governor,” said DeSantis.


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Getty Images)

“I am not somebody who the D.C. establishment wants to see up there,” he continued. “There’s no question about that because

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