‘It’s not your show, ma’am, it’s not your show’: Ron DeSantis rages at teacher: Florida governor’s Hail Mary trip to South Carolina ends in tense exchange as he cancels Sunday performance before flying back to New Hampshire

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ gamble on his presidential campaign’s rival Nikki Haley’s turf ended with him yelling at a fourth-grade teacher Saturday night over the former governor’s education record.

Headlining an event for his super PAC at Hudson’s Smokehouse in Lexington, South Carolina, a suburb of Columbia, DeSantis tossed the crowd a question he’s asked at all three of his recent events in the Palmetto State.

«I asked the crowds, what were her big accomplishments as governor here?»

Fourth-grade teacher Regina Wasiluk heard DeSantis ask the same question at his earlier Saturday event in Myrtle Beach and came away armed with information about how Haley has raised educational standards in the state.

As they argued back and forth, DeSantis said, “I’m talking about great conservative accomplishments. That’s the name of the game. It’s about great conservative achievements.»

As Wasiluk continued to defend Haley’s record, DeSantis raised his voice and said, ‘That’s not your show ma’am, that’s not your show.’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ gamble on his presidential campaign to rival Nikki Haley ended with him yelling at a fourth-grade teacher over the former governor’s education record.

Fourth-grade teacher Regina Wasiluk said she saw on television that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was asking his crowds in South Carolina what former Gov. Nikki Haley, his rival for the second place in the GOP primary, had done as governor. Wasiluk said she has raised educational standards

He went on to say, «So if you’re going to promise school choice, don’t be subject to the teachers union,» with Wasiluk shouting to point out that South Carolina doesn’t have a teachers union.

After a tense exchange, Wasiluk — a South Carolinian who declined to name her district but said she has taught for 24 years — said if it was DeSantis versus Biden on the ballot, she would sit out this election .

«I will say that if DeSantis beats Haley, I’m not going to vote, period,» she told a group of reporters after arguing with the Florida governor. “I wouldn’t vote for him now.

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«I will be voting for Haley in South Carolina, absolutely,» she added of the upcoming Feb. 24 GOP primary.

Wasiluk was visibly shaken by the meeting with the presidential hopeful.

«I was very upset with the governor’s response and his inability to answer my question honestly,» she told

“I was just trying to get him — he asked a question this morning in Myrtle Beach — does anybody know of anything good that Nikki Haley has done, and I wanted to say the good things that Nikki Haley has done because she’s not taking credit for it? the things she has done for the children of our state, for the old people of our state, for all the people in our state,” Wasiluk continued.

Wasiluk also volunteered that her adult child is non-binary.

“I came here today because I wanted him to understand, I wanted to see what he really wanted to tell me. I wanted to ask him why I should vote for you when you think my child who is considered ‘woke’ is not acceptable in these United States,” she said.

Wasiluk also said it was a «big mistake» that DeSantis was in South Carolina before Haley began actively campaigning in a state when he should be competing in New Hampshire.

After DeSantis lost by 30 points to former President Donald Trump in Iowa on Monday, his campaign sought to right the ship — and figure out where his message might resonate best.

He is not expected to do well in New Hampshire, where he is trailing both Trump and Haley.

The thinking was that if DeSantis pulled some support from Haley in South Carolina, he could turn it into a two-person race against Trump — because she would look weak if she lost the state, where she served as governor from 2011 to 2017.

That took him to Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday morning before traveling back to New Hampshire mid-week.

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CBS initially reported he would spend the weekend in South Carolina, but that changed to one day — with three events — on Saturday as he plans to head back to the Granite State on Sunday.

It also meant he had to miss scheduled appearances on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday and NBC’s Meet the Press.

In a rush after his event in Myrtle Beach around lunchtime Saturday, DeSantis said, «I’m not a political pundit» when asked if there was a South Carolina district he could win.

The latest South Carolina poll, which still included former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, had DeSantis at 7 percent in the state, compared to Trump’s 54 percent and Haley’s 25 percent.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made three stops in South Carolina on Saturday, starting in Myrtle Beach. Attendees there generally liked DeSantis, but some said they still support former President Donald Trump

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis packed the Hangout in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina around lunchtime Saturday as he tried to siphon voters from a rival former UN ambassador. Nikki Haley in her home state

Barbara Valencuela, an 81-year-old retired college professor of political communication who says she lives near Conway, South Carolina, is all for the Florida governor.

«This country needs him,» she told after DeSantis’ event in Myrtle Beach on Saturday. “I’m a Republican, I’m going to vote for the Republican candidate, I just pray it’s Ron DeSantis because he’s who we need. If he doesn’t get it, I’m going to vote for Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump.»

As for Haley, Valencuela said, «If she gets the nomination, I’ll vote for her, but I’ll hold my nose.»

«Because I don’t trust her,» Valencuela added.

James Trent, 39, a Myrtle Beach resident who owns an outdoor home maintenance business, said he wants to become a primary voter in South Carolina.

“I think DeSantis made a good point that we need someone who can handle eight years, so I think that resonates pretty strongly,” he said.

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Trent has previously voted in general elections, including in 2020 for Trump and in 2016 for Democrat Hillary Clinton, because he worried that Trump was a ‘narcissist’.

“The irony is that I voted for Trump the second time he lost and I voted for Clinton before he won,” he said with a laugh.

Trent indicated he was ready to move on from Trump — and he liked DeSantis’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Florida governor reopened his state earlier than others.

«I’m not comfortable with Trump right now, to be honest, that’s my big concern,» Trent said. «I really liked seeing what DeSantis did with Florida, it was something – we were living in the Airzone at the time – and watching what he did with Florida, it would be so great if this guy ran for president and now ‘I see it .»

Phil Cortolano, a 72-year-old retiree from Myrtle Beach, said he’s still a Trump guy — and that probably wouldn’t hold true against DeSantis because he «probably» won’t vote in his state’s Republican primary next month.

“I like Ron DeSantis, too. He’s the same guy, just not on steroids,” Cortolano told with a laugh.

“What would I like—a perfect world for me, right? We could have great leadership at the top … for another 12 years if DeSantis and Trump got together,” Cortolano offered. “We could have 12 years of glory.

Larry Holbert, a 67-year-old Myrtle Beach attendee who sat nearby at DeSantis’ lunchtime event, had a similar idea.

Holbert told that he will likely vote for Trump in the South Carolina primary, but he wishes Trump had chosen DeSantis as his running mate.

«I don’t know if he would, and I don’t think he would,» Holbert said. ‘It would be great.’

«I don’t know if it is, but it would be great,» he added.

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