2024 - DeSantis


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What DeSantis Won’t Admit

The Times reports this:

Mr. DeSantis, who is polling well behind Mr. Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, had acknowledged on Friday that the former president’s false theories about a rigged 2020 election were “unsubstantiated.”

Say what? Allegations that the 2020 election were rigged are “unsubstantiated.” Really?

The governor failed to mention that journalist and Federalist editor-in-chief Mollie Hemingway, among others, has extensively documented one episode after another of election rigging in 2020.

Indeed, Mollie’s book is titled Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.

Apparently, DeSantis hasn’t read the book — and he should.

As a Pennsylvania voter well familiar with my state’s repeated and thoroughly documented record of election fraud by Democrats in the elections of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2008, and even way back there in 1994 (when a federal judge overturned a Pennsylvania state Senate election because of a “massive scheme” by Democrats to steal the election), for a Republican presidential candidate — an elected governor at that — to not be familiar with just one state’s decidedly serious and well-documented record of election rigging is astonishing.

I have read Rigged from cover to cover, and it is worth quoting from just the fly leaf alone, in which the publisher writes the following of the “long disinformation campaign against President Trump”:

Never was there such heavy-handed meddling in an election by the most powerful institutions in the country. The press brazenly concealed unfavorable news about Joe Biden and his family while continuing its long disinformation campaign against President Trump. Big Tech censored dissenters from the established narrative, while the Democratic Party manipulated a public health crisis to change the voting process in ways that left it laughably insecure.
As accounts of irregularities aroused doubts about the integrity of America’s electoral system, the media marching in lockstep, dismissed every expression of skepticism as self-evidently baseless. But as Hemingway’s dogged reporting reveals, there are abundant reasons to suspect that the election was rigged at every step.


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Candidate Ron DeSantis Says MAGA Supporters Are “listless vessels” Who “follow whatever comes down the pike on Truth Social”…​

August 19, 2023 | Sundance | 1,009 Comments

Feeling empowered after his boost from Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp, a man of notoriously intemperate disposition, presidential candidate Ron DeSantis begins the process to align himself with the neocon establishment and labeling Donald Trump supporters as “listless vessels” devoid of principle, who simply “follow whatever comes down the pike from Truth Social every morning.”

Appearing with a young millennial wearing a beaver tail on his head, namely Will Witt from the Florida Standard, Ron DeSantis outlines his opinion that the MAGA movement is only driven by the support of President Donald Trump, a person who has exhausted his usefulness in awakening the electorate. As a result, the high-minded superior intellects of the Republican Party now need to step in, reestablish the core values of the conservative movement, and put the squirming MAGA children in their play pens.

You can watch the entire interview below; I’m just prompting it to the part that best highlights the sanctimonious arrogance of a dim-witted candidate who really doesn’t carry his own policies, only those of the managers and branding consultants that create his talking points.

DeSantis allies scramble to clarify after he criticizes ‘listless vessels’ for Trump

“The movement has got to be about what are you trying to achieve on behalf of the American people,” he said in the interview. “And that’s got to be based in principle. Because if you’re not rooted in principle, if all we are is listless vessels that are just supposed to follow whatever happens to come down the pike on Truth Social every morning, that’s not going to be a durable movement.”

Over the weekend, Trump supporters seized on the words and compared them to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 critique of half of Trump supporters, when she said during a fundraising speech that they could be put in a “basket of deplorables.”

“To Hillary Clinton, Trump supporters are ‘deplorables,’” Karoline Leavitt, spokeswoman for Trump-aligned PAC Make America Great Again Inc., said in a statement. “To Ron DeSantis, they are ‘listless vessels.’ The truth is, Trump supporters are patriots.”

During the interview on Friday, DeSantis described the split in support for him and Trump within the party, criticizing “huge Trump supporters, like in Congress, who have incredibly liberal left-wing records” without being specific about whom he was referring to.


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Sorry, Ron DeSantis: January 6 Isn't Going Away

The Florida governor talks out of both sides by promising to "end the weaponization" of DOJ while ignoring DOJs abusive, retaliatory prosecution of Capitol protesters--including his own constituents.

DeSantis finally can bring himself to say “January 6” but only to dismiss it as a legitimate campaign issue or to blame Donald Trump for what happened that day. Cribbing talking points from Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 select committee, DeSantis recently told a crowd of supporters that Trump failed to stop the protest at the Capitol despite Trump’s inability to do so. “I think it was shown how [Trump] was in the White House and didn’t do anything while things were going on. He should have come out more forcefully,” DeSantis said in South Carolina last month.

Yet no matter how hard DeSantis tries to rewrite the account of January 6 or wish away the issue on the campaign trail, it’s not going anywhere. And contrary to his claims, it is Democrats, not Republicans, who plan to make January 6 a key if not the top issue in the 2024 election.

Proceedings in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s federal case and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ state case will remain the focus of Joe Biden’s re-election campaign. Team Biden plans to remind Americans every day how close Donald Trump came to “overthrowing democracy” on January 6 and that the country cannot take a chance by electing the MAGA-Terrorist-In-Chief again. That strategy also will apply to DeSantis if he is the nominee.

No Escaping the Democrats’ Noose of January 6

What DeSantis clearly doesn’t see coming is how Democrats will hang January 6 around his neck if he defeats Trump for the nomination. After all, it’s no coincidence that Florida by far has the greatest number of defendants charged in DOJ’s criminal prosecution of January 6. Florida residents currently represent roughly 10 percent of the total caseload.

Florida also is home to the highest number of defendants convicted of seditious conspiracy, a crime tantamount to treason. Next week, two Florida residents—Enrique Tarrio and Joseph Biggs—will be sentenced for seditious conspiracy and other January 6 related convictions. Prosecutors are seeking more than three decades in prison for both men.

Matthew Graves, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia responsible for handling each January 6 case, continues to investigate and arrest Capitol protesters including individuals from Florida. Earlier this month, Graves’ office announced the arrest of a man from Marathon, Florida for allegedly assaulting police on January 6. A D.C. judge last week sentenced a Lakeland man to 18 months in prison for civil disorder and misdemeanor convictions. Faced with the wrath of a Biden appointed federal judge, a man from Pompano Beach just pleaded guilty to several offenses and now faces years in prison.

Now, just imagine how Joe Biden, Democrats, and the news media will use those figures against DeSantis. They will claim Florida is a hotbed for breeding “insurrectionists” and “extremists,” that DeSantis’ loyalty to Trump inspired his own constituents to travel to Washington and “attack” the Capitol, that a President DeSantis will embolden the rise of more violent “domestic terrorists.”


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Grenell tried to change the subject back to suburban women, but Kelly wasn’t finished. “I get it. You made that point. What in terms of pol—I’m looking for what’s he done in Florida because he’s been there, you know, as a governor since ’18, or proposing now that you think is radical?” she asked.

Grenell then said the quiet part out loud: “I’m not in Florida, so I’m not going to be able to give you any specific Florida policies.”

I don’t doubt for a second that if DeSantis had a “homophobic” policy, Grenell would know all about it and be shouting it from the rooftops. Nevertheless, after admitting he had no evidence to support his claim, he doubled down, alleging that DeSantis is “going after gay adults.”

Grenell didn’t explain why anywhere from 64 to 81% of LGBT voters chose Biden over Trump in 2020. Or how the “homophobic” DeSantis was supported by women (53%), white women (58%), and suburban voters (58%) in his 2022 reelection. Exit polls show that DeSantis appeals to a wide swath of voters, which could portend a successful general election campaign.

Grenell went after me on Twitter not long ago because I wrote an article praising U.S. Senate candidate and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s efforts to protect the Ohio Constitution from special-interest groups. Grenell falsely accused me of being a “surrogate” for LaRose (a laughable claim) and dug through my Twitter history to find a couple of tweets criticizing Trump, including one where I said he needed to stop running to Maggie Haberman at the New York Times every time he had a story to break (does anyone disagree?). I tweeted back that it was beneath him to lie about me to score political points for Bernie Moreno, who is running against LaRose. Grenell supports Moreno, and Trump has also signaled his support for the wealthy car dealer who ran for an open Senate seat in 2020 and lost to now-Senator J.D. Vance. (Never mind that not long ago Moreno was calling Trump a “lunatic” and a “maniac” and liking a tweet from Rep. Dan Crenshaw calling then-Rep. Liz Cheney a “principled leader” with “backbone” for voting to impeach Trump.)



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DeSantis Responds To Daily Wire Report On Illegal Immigrant Development In Texas: ‘I Will End This’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded on Thursday to a Daily Wire report about a land developer in Texas who has created an expansive settlement north of Houston where thousands of illegal immigrants are believed to have settled, saying that he, as president, will put an end to it.

Located in Liberty County, Texas, near the small town of Plum Grove, the Colony Ridge development is a sprawling community that, based on an analysis of publicly available information, is now over 60 square miles and nearly the size of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Its population is estimated to be anywhere between 50,000 to 75,000, and it is growing rapidly thanks to a marketing plan targeted at Texas’ Hispanic population.

“How have we gotten to a point in this country where we are permitting and facilitating sprawling developments to house thousands of illegal immigrants who have broken our nation’s laws?” DeSantis wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Weak, spineless leaders. Our national sovereignty is at stake. We must stop excusing inaction at the top. I will end this.”


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‘Petri Dish Of American Leftism’: DeSantis Blasts Newsom, Says Debate Between Florida And California Is ‘Over’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted California Gov. Gavin Newsom as he contrasted their respective states’ policies in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“I think they’re getting all the big things wrong,” DeSantis told Bartiromo when asked about California’s policies. “Their streets are not safe because they’ve indulged in leftist ideology. The economy is really difficult for working people because they’re putting a left-wing agenda over the well-being of people who are working hard. So it will be an interesting debate.”

DeSantis and Newsom are scheduled to participate in a Nov. 30 televised debate hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. The program will last 90 minutes as the Republican and Democrat governors trade barbs in Georgia over the state of the nation.


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DeSantis Defends MAGA After Clinton Calls For ‘Deprogramming’ Of ‘Cult’: ‘These Are Patriotic Americans’

“Hillary Clinton just said something like, maybe that cult needs [to] go to some re-education training or something just to get out of the Trump cult — but you see what you’re up against and how difficult it is,” said Kernen.

“I don’t, I reject that,” DeSantis responded. “I mean, look, these are patriotic Americans. They want to see the country do well.”

Kernen asked how DeSantis planned on winning the former president’s supporters over if he starts attacking Trump on the campaign trail.

“These folks get it. They want to see the country do well,” DeSantis said. “Some people will be with Trump no matter what. But I think the bulk of the people are people that appreciate what he did. They also understand that he has got limitations in terms of his electability. He would be a lame duck on day one. If he could even get elected, I think he’d have major problems with personnel. And of course, he didn’t deliver on his core promises to drain the swamp or to have Mexico pay for the border wall or to eliminate the debt.”



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🔥 CBS ran a terrific story yesterday headlined, “DeSantis greets nearly 300 Americans evacuated from Israel at Tampa airport.” Florida’s first delivery of rescued stranded Americans — who got a much bigger Israel adventure than they paid for — landed safely in Tampa yesterday. Grateful tourists were surprised by an in-person welcome by the Governor of Florida himself. In the flesh. Not a picture.

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CLIP: Short message from Governor Ron DeSantis (0:22).

Florida did not charge Americans for the rescue flight home.

Meanwhile, the Biden Administration, completely unable to scare up any military or government planes, chartered a single ship today to float American nationals from Haifa, Israel to Cyprus, Greece — about 184 miles — where they will be on their own getting home. It’s literally the least that the federal government could do:

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Here’s how Haaretz described the deal: “Monday’s boat trip from Haifa is not free: Those who board the ship will be required to sign an agreement to repay the U.S. government for the cost of the trip.”

You’d better read the small print on that agreement.

While air charters were promised, the feds have not yet published any schedule of chartered flights. But the federal government has promised that nobody rides for free. Oh! And the flights’ final destination will be Pyongyang.



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Wait... that pussy Kinzinger said DeSantis couldn't do that.

And Look at Biden's actions ...... they did the same shite to people fleeing Afghanistan

💣 In case you missed the marketing email, Royal Caribbean ran a super unique cruise special yesterday, described in Haaretz’s’ article, “‘Very, very mixed feelings’: U.S. nationals escape Israel-Hamas War on emergency cruise. Joe Biden rented the Rhapsody of the Seas for a quick 10-hour cruise across the smallest part of the Eastern Mediterranean to the closest point to Northern Israel. American citizens (mostly dual-citizens), limited to one suitcase each, were forced to sign a promissory note binding them to reimburse the U.S. government for the cruise’s cost.

The best part was the note did not specify what that amount would be. Haha suckers! As a lawyer, my advice would be to never sign a promissory note where the lender can later fill in any amount they want. It seems obvious, but there you go.

By the time you read this, the reluctant cruisers have been stranded on Cyprus Island after their 10-hour cruise. Which is, one supposes, a marginal improvement over Israel.

Haaretz’s sub-headline spoke volumes: “The atmosphere among U.S. citizens making a five-star getaway from Haifa to Cyprus on Monday was weary. Some didn’t want to leave, Others couldn’t wait to get away - all were wondering if they were going to have to pay for it.”

Oh, they’re not just going to have to pay for it, and pay dearly. They’ll probably also get audited. And that is only if Biden can’t think of what to indict them for.

Frankly, from the carefully staged pictures it doesn’t look like very many people took Biden up on his awesome, mystery-priced “cruise deal.” From what I can tell it could have been as few as only ten or twenty people. I’m not kidding. None of the articles gave a count.

Contrast that with the first DeSantis rescue mission, which returned 293 Americans with 91 kids TO THE UNITED STATES, and not just some random Middle Eastern island next to a war zone.