Gov. Ron De-Santis, D-Fla., is a rising star in the national political world — but the Republican Party remains dominated by former President Donald Trump.
The mainstream media are clamoring for a showdown between the new young gun and the old boss. The Democratic Party wants DeSantis and Trump at each other’s throats.
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That’s not happening, DeSantis said Monday.
“Donald Trump’s a friend of mine,” DeSantis told Fox News. “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,” he said. “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.”
“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,” DeSantis continued. “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.”
Trump is widely expected to run for president again in the 2024 election. DeSantis hasn’t ruled out his own potential run.
But reports of their rivalry is the Democratic Party trying to “drive dissension” among conservatives, DeSantis said. The stories are “total bunk.”
“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,” DeSantis said. “They never asked any questions about that. Well, now he gets in and he had a disastrous first year as president … People compare him to Jimmy Carter. Carter was much more successful his first year than Biden has been.”
“So they know that… they know the Democrats are in for a shellacking in 2022,” he said. “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,” DeSantis said. “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.”
The Horn editorial team