Governor DeSantis set out to set the record straight. “I’m on good terms with Trump.”
Democrats are swimming up the river of fear, and things don’t look good heading into midterms. Thus, they’ve got to stir up a bit of controversy if they want to keep a few seats.
What better way that to pretend Republicans are battered with back-stabbing and in-fighting? At least then, the left can pretend that Republicans don’t have a clear path of leadership. But nothing could be further from the truth.
As always, there are a few dissenters. But the RINOs have been warned! Now is the time to make up their minds before they, too, are replaced.
When it comes to DeSantis and Trump, this could go down several different ways. Trump might run for president with DeSantis as his VP. Trump might run for president and pave the road for DeSantis to run in 2028. Or, DeSantis might run with Trump in his back pocket. It’s too soon to tell.
Recently, my mother was watching an interview, and I’ve already forgotten with who- but the question was posed as this: Will Trump be the king, or the king-maker? It’s an interesting question, because the choice is truly Donald Trump’s. Whichever he decides, the country will abide.
As for the Trump/DeSantis relationship, here it is “from the horses’ mouths.”
The Florida governor sat down with Fox to make things clear.
“Donald Trump’s a friend of mine. He is proud when people do well, and it’s not just me, but obviously he’s a Florida resident, and he appreciates the job that we’ve done. He’s told me that many times, not only with helping with the election, but just how we govern the state.”
“He wants to see Republicans doing well,” DeSantis continued. “And I think when media is trying to act like he’s upset at me for doing well, I think that’s total bunk. I think they’re just making it up. And I think he’s somebody that wants to see, you know, not just Republicans do well, but people that are actually going to stand and fight do well across the board. Obviously, Florida is an important state, the third-largest state in the country, and really us and Texas are the two biggest states that have sizable Republican footprints, and so we’re proud of that, and we’re going to keep it going.”
DeSantis wouldn’t say whether he would potentially take on Trump in 2024 and said anonymous sources close to Trump who said he has a “dull personality” could be attributed to Democrats and the media, who are trying to stoke division within the Republican Party in order to re-elect President Biden.
“No. I mean, look, I think that what they’re trying to do is they’re Biden. They did all they could to get Biden elected. OK. They lied about Trump for four years. They did everything they could to get Biden elected, the guy who campaigned from his basement. And they never asked any questions about that. Well, now he gets in. And he had a disastrous first year as president said the worst first year president of any president since the 1800s. People compare him to Jimmy Carter. Carter was much more successful his first year than Biden has been,” DeSantis told Fox News Digital.
“So they know that, they know the Democrats are in for a shellacking in 2022. So they’re trying to change the topic, and they’re trying to drive dissension among Republicans. And so my message to people is, don’t take that bait. Understand what they’re trying to do. We need to be united and say we don’t like what the Biden administration’s doing. We offer a better course in Florida. I think other Republican states are offering a better vision in their states as well. And let’s go into ‘22 with a full head of steam with everybody united on the same team.
Surprise, surprise, Trump calls reports of a rift with DeSantis “totally fake news.”
During Trump’s phone interview on “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity relayed that DeSantis said there was no conflict or bickering between the two when he met recently with one of Hannity’s friends.
“Is he right?” Hannity asked.
“Well, he is right,” Trump said, praising DeSantis for his work when he served in the House combating the Russia collusion narrative that dominated coverage of his presidency.
“The Republicans really stuck together, and it was a great thing, and Ron was one of them, and Ron wanted to run [for governor], and I endorsed him, and that helped him greatly, and he went on, and he’s done a really terrific job in Florida,” Trump said. “Ron has been very good. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s totally fake news.”
Trump said he was interested to see DeSantis also speak out strongly against the reports from such outlets as the New York Times and Axios, which have written Trump has privately groused about DeSantis not publicly ruling out a 2024 bid for the presidency. DeSantis embraced Trump and won his endorsement in his 2018 Florida gubernatorial run, riding it to a primary victory before narrowly defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum in the general election.
“I have a very good relationship with Ron and intend to have it for a long time,” Trump said.
DeSantis, who is running for reelection this year, has seen his popularity surge among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past year and a half, thanks in large part to his pushback against COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s not to say they don’t sometimes land on different sides of an issue. However, the media insists on making mountains out of mole hills. Because that’s the only way to hold back Republicans. But the strategy won’t hold water for long. A red tsunami is in our future.
As DeSantis notes:
“So I think focusing on the issues and showing that we stand for things that matter to people is the way forward. To have a vendetta against Donald Trump and to constantly be bringing this up is just not something that I think Republican voters are interested in.”
Wise words from the Sunshine State.