A self-described “die-hard Trump supporter” has gone viral on social media after praising Florida Governor Ron DeSantis during his recent campaign stop.
Beyond DeSantis’ campaign, the woman’s comments came after the 2024 Republican presidential candidate spoke to a group of voters in Tega Cay, South Carolina, on Monday.
“I was invited to come hear you today,” the unidentified woman said in the clip. “I’m a very staunch Trump supporter… It made me stop and think for a moment. Because my love for President Trump comes from the frustration of all that he’s been through, that he’s made the United States served as our president of the United States, and he did a good job.”
“I’m thinking more with my heart and my grief and my love for him and for this country,” she added. “But now I — this is the most important vote we’re going to have, and I have to think more with my head about what’s best for this country. And you did a great job and I certainly appreciate that. “
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Responding to the woman to applause from those in the room, DeSantis said, “God bless you. Thank you.”
“I appreciate that, and I agree with you,” he continued. “I admire the work President Trump has done. The way he handled things like Russian collusion was a disgrace. He was mistreated. He was treated in a way that was unconstitutional. But here’s the thing. The question for us now is where are we going. What are we going to do about it?”
“We need to end government arming. I’m going to do it. It’s not about me, it’s about you. It’s about me standing up for you and for this Constitution. Stand up and restore the country that the founders envisioned. We’ll get it done, we’ll stay focused, we’ll stay disciplined, and we’ll get it done,” he concluded.
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The clip — which has more than 1.2 million views on Twitter — was quickly shared by supporters of DeSantis in the presidential race.
Weighing in on the exchange at the South Carolina event, a woman who claimed to have experienced the debate herself. wrote in a tweet: “You can see the back of my head in that video — I was sitting there. It was a pivotal moment and she was right.”
However, despite some praise the video received, others concluded that the exchange between DeSantis and the woman was “staged” or “prescripted”.
“Stage,” wrote pro-Trump Republican operative Alex Bruzewitz. Wrote in reply.
“Stop what you’re doing and watch this pre-selected, pre-scripted question and answer,” another user said. said in a tweet.
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DeSantis is second in the polls, trailing Trump by double digits but ahead of the rest of the large field of GOP presidential contenders, who are polling in the single digits.
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News contributed to this article.