Trump Says He Will Retire ‘DeSanctimonious’ After DeSantis Endorses Him

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It didn’t take long.

A little over an hour after Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida dropped out of the Republican presidential primary and endorsed Donald J. Trump, the former president doled out his version of a consolation prize.

“Will I be using the name Ron DeSanctimonious?” he said after brief remarks at his campaign headquarters in New Hampshire. “I said that name is officially retired.”

The nickname, a staple of his social media posts and speeches for much of the past year, had run its course, he told the person who asked him whether he would continue using it.

His campaign struck a conciliatory tone in a statement, saying “we are honored by the endorsement.” It was a note that Mr. Trump echoed at his rally later in the evening.

“He was very gracious, and he endorsed me, so I appreciate that,” Mr. Trump said at the rally.

The primary contest is now a two-person race between Mr. Trump and Nikki Haley, who was his ambassador to the United Nations and has also become a target of his name-calling.

Mr. Trump’s playground taunting has bedeviled his opponents and amused his supporters since his 2016 campaign, when he frequently used derisive nicknames for Republican rivals like Senator Ted Cruz and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, and then for Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent. He did the same in 2020 to Democratic contenders including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as to the eventual winner, President Biden.

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Trump Says He Will Retire ‘DeSanctimonious’ After DeSantis Endorses Him

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