DeSAntis Roasts Reporter Playing Gotcha, 'ARE YOU BLIND!' - WATCH

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is hitting back at an Associated Press reporter this Thursday over a bizarre question about why he didn't take any questions from the crowd at a campaign stop in Laconia, New Hampshire.

The 2024 Republican presidential hopeful began the event alongside his wife Casey with a scripted remark, hitting on topics like the 'war on woke' and 'sending Joe Biden to his basement'. He then met members of the 250-plus people audience during photo opportunities and mingle time.

AP reporter Steve Peoples then approached him and asked,Why are you not taking any questions from voters, Governor?

DeSantis replied,People are coming up to me, talking to me. What are you talking about? Are you blind? Are you blind? People are coming up to me, talking to me whatever they want to talk to me about.

Im not blind, Peoples responded.

DeSantis had mostly been chatting to voters but had yet to take a question from the crowd. Following the tense exchange, his security detail ushered him away from the press.

Vikram Mansharamani, an entrepreneur and former Republican Senate candidate, said he wasdisappointed with the exchange.

I did not want a monologue; I wanted to see how he interacted with the audience, the 49-year-old told NBC News.

The Governors press secretary Bryan Griffin had a few choice words of critique for the media.

This AP reporter asked this question while [he] was surrounded by voters in New Hampshire asking him questions and taking pictures, Griffin tweeted.Perfectly illustrative of the modern media shutting their eyes and ears to the truth to push their narrative.

DeSantis speech contained mostly lines from previous campaign stops, but he gained a huge round of applause when he raised banning gender transition surgery for minors. He also criticized the GOP for their string of election defeats and failed endorsements.

But heres the thing, you cant do any of this. If you dont win, there is no substitute for victory, he said.And weve got to end this culture of losing that has infected the Republican Party in recent years. You know, we should have 55 Republican senators right now. And we not flubbed so many races over the last four or six years... Weve got to get it done and the stakes are high."

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump, jokingly took a jab at DeSantis on his new platformTruth Social about the Governors name pronunciation recently. He also made fun of his weight.

The remarks come as former Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to announce his entry to the race within days.

No matter the back-and-forth between the presidential hopefuls, retiring business owner Scott Nelson, 75, said the Governors speech wasterrific, though itstoo early to make any decision on how to vote.

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