Republican presidential contender Ron DeSantis, for at least the third time in the campaign, disputed Donald Trump’s accusation of disloyalty for entering the 2024 presidential race.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) explained to Megyn Kelly last week that politicians are not entitled to support.

“Politicians have to earn support,” DeSantis told Kelly in an interview on her program, “The Megyn Kelly Show.” “Nobody’s entitled to support.”

The Florida Republican laughed off claims he privately begged the former president in tears for his support when he ran for governor in 2018. DeSantis noted he asked Trump outside Air Force One to tweet support.

He said Trump agreed to post some tweets in support of his campaign.

DeSantis said he firmly believes political support must be won through actions and policies rather than based on past performance or reputation.

“But here’s the thing, politicians have to earn support,” DeSantis said. “Nobody’s entitled to support. You know, I am loyal to my family. I am loyal to our Constitution. I am loyal to God.”

He added he will work with politicians to try to advance the best interests of Florida and the country but at the end of the day it’s about who can get the job done.

Those remarks resemble statements supplied in a June 30 interview with Fox News host Jesse Watters.

DeSantis speculates that Trump singles him out for criticism because, even though he trails badly in polling, he is the only GOP presidential candidate the 45th president considers a viable threat.

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“He doesn’t say that about his own vice president running against him; he doesn’t say that about his ambassador to the U.N. running against him,” DeSantis continued.

“He does not say that about other people he endorsed in the past who are now running against him,” he added. “He only says that about me because I think he construes me as the only threat to his winning the nomination.”

Some Trump supporters continue to claim it’s not DeSantis’ “turn,” insisting Trump deserves another shot at the presidency because of Democratic dirty tricks. DeSantis said that’s un-American.

“We’re a republic … not a monarchy; it’s nobody’s turn,” DeSantis said. “You have every right to put yourself forward. You know, I believe at this point in history, 2024’s make or break for this country. I am not running to be president, I am running to do something as president for the country.”

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