Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to join the presidential race this week. This ends months of speculation regarding his future plans.
Former President Trump, for reasons that may be known only to himself, has decided to let DeSantis stay rent-free in his mind. He spends hours and hours on Facebook attacking the Florida Governor while virtually ignoring Joe Biden, the real enemy. If you don’t trust me, check out Trump Truth Social. Where is the criticism directed at the Biden Administration?
It’s not just about social media. Trump’s Super PAC spends an unprecedented amount of cash on attacking DeSantis, instead of Biden.
These are the largest ongoing expenditures against a non-candidate in Republican primary history, and that’s all you need to know to draw the obvious conclusion. @RonDeSantis presents the greatest threat to Donald Trump. https://t.co/sRQT6OH6a3
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) May 22, 2023
Do not miss the last part: Trump’s SuperPAC spent “$2.8M in attack ads, taking their anti-DeSantis spending to $15.3M, and blowing away the $15M MAGA, Inc. spend on all 2022 Midterm races.”
Trump spent more money on attacking a Republican colleague than he spent trying to win a Senate majority back for Republicans. Joe Biden’s agenda is in ruins right now, if the Republican midterm losses had not occurred. Money doesn’t matter in close races, even if it’s hard to tell if Trump’s SuperPAC had contributed more. Trump’s endorsement of some real clunkers for the 2022 primary elections (Mehmet OZ, anyone?) didn’t help. ).
DeSantis continues to win legislative victories in Florida despite Trump’s unprecedented expenditures against a candidate that hasn’t even entered the race. The AP has provided a list of some legislative victories.
DeSantis, who has been in office for more than four years, concluded his legislative session on Friday. This establishes DeSantis as the most accomplished and aggressive conservative governor during the bitter culture wars that have raged across the country. He is also preparing to run as Donald Trump’s top opponent in the presidential race of 2024.
The 44-year-old Republican Governor has intensified his hard-right shift, which began during the pandemic. In recent weeks, he has pushed to the limit the divisive cultural battles on abortion, LGBTQ rights, and sex education. He also fought against immigration, diversity, guns, and gun control. In most cases he was successful, thanks to the Republican supermajorities of Florida’s Legislature.
DeSantis signed two laws in the last few weeks: one to ban abortions at six weeks and another to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a license. DeSantis expanded his “Don’t Say Gay,” law, which critics claim now prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identification for all grades. In the next few days, he’ll sign a bill banning diversity and equity programs at state colleges. He’ll also sign another bill to prevent students and teachers from being forced to use pronouns that don’t match someone’s gender.
It’s delicious to see the AP’s wringing of hands over the success of Florida Governor DeSantis. The article’s framing makes it clear that the authors are not happy with DeSantis. One tell is the “hard-right descriptor. The “Don’t Say Gay law” is also a tell. The AP appears to be upset about the governor’s unapologetic conservatism and his being “one of the GOP’s most aggressive critics” of public health measures (read: he rejects Faucism). There’s even more:
DeSantis, who has been in office since 2010, has used the levers of power to engage in cultural battles more than any other Republican Governor. He adopted a new slogan along the way: “Florida, where woke people go to die.”
DeSantis also won other victories through legislation, making it illegal for investment funds at the state and local level to take into account companies’ environmental and social stances, as well as their governance. This was part of his fight against so-called “woke” corporations. DeSantis also signed a law allowing capital punishment for child rape convictions despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibited it in such cases. He also signed a law to eliminate the requirement for unanimity in death penalty sentences.
His signature is needed to sign another new law that will harden the state immigration policy and add millions to his controversial migrant relocation program. [Emphasis added]
The wins keep on coming. DeSantis has made life better for the people of Florida in almost all areas. This is what makes the Left so nervous–and why Trump spends a fortune on attacking him.
I still subscribe to the old-fashioned idea that candidates must earn my vote. When I vote in Ohio’s GOP primaries next year, I will ask “What have done you for me recently?” I want someone who will fight for America, preserve our culture, and stand up to the left. DeSantis has a solid record as governor and he is a candidate who deserves my vote.