During an interview this week, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dismissed attacks from his political opponents who claim that he does not have enough personality to win the 2024 presidential election. 

DeSantis made his comments during a discussion with Piers Morgan on Fox Nation.

“One of the other criticisms that is used against you about your personality, probably because some people don’t know you very well, because those who do, who I’ve spoken to, tell a different story,” Morgan said. “But you’re being depicted in some of the national media as very intense, quite boring, charisma devoid.”

Morgan said that one critic who reviewed DeSantis’ book said that he “would launch any charm offensive unarmed.”

“Well, I appreciate the knocks on the book, it’s the number one book in America far and away,” DeSantis responded after a laugh. “I’ve sold more than any non-president in the history of the country in terms of the first week, so we’ve been doing pretty good, a lot of people like it.”

DeSantis then turned to attacks from his political opponents, saying that they are just mad he doesn’t prioritize being part of the political elite and instead focuses on his job and his family.

“So here’s the thing, I think these are people who are in the political class, journalist class, politicians in, like, D.C. in particular, they get mad I don’t do the cocktail parties,” DeSantis said. “I don’t like rubbing elbows with other people. I like doing my job and then spending time with my family. That’s just what I do.”

“A lot of the people that are criticizing, you know, they would say, ‘Oh, he doesn’t do well with donors. He doesn’t glad hand with them,’” he continued. “And yet I raise more money than any non-presidential candidate in the history of America! Are you kidding me?”

“So we tend to do well, but I do think that, you know, I deal better with regular people than I do with some of the people in the political class, and I think that has been true for the entire time I’ve been around,” he added.

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