Ron DeSantis Officially Launches Bid to Turn Entire Nation Into Florida

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  • FORD
    ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

    • Jan 2004
    • 58831

    Ron DeSantis Officially Launches Bid to Turn Entire Nation Into Florida

    rollingstone.com
    Ron DeSantis Makes 2024 Presidential Campaign Official
    Ryan Bort


    Ron DeSantis is officially running for president.

    The Florida governor filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for an ugly showdown between Donald Trump and the 44-year-old culture warrior who wants to replace him as the GOP’s figurehead. DeSantis is expected to announce his candidacy publicly Wednesday night during an interview with Twitter owner Elon Musk.

    DeSantis has effectively been running for president for months. He stumped for swing-state Republicans ahead of the 2020 midterm elections, has been courting big-money donors and congressional endorsements, and even went on an international tour last month. A few weeks later, he held a rally in Iowa, the site of the first primary caucus, where he lamented the GOP’s “culture of losing” — an indirect shot at Trump’s 2020 loss to President Biden.

    Trump clearly sees DeSantis as the biggest threat to his hold on the party, and has been attacking the governor for almost as long as he’s been campaigning. Trump regularly bashes “Ron DeSanctimonious” on Truth Social, accusing him of everything from supporting cutting Medicare and Social Security to pedophilia while claiming that Florida was already a conservative stronghold before DeSantis became governor in 2019. It’s since become a fetid swamp for far-right ideology, so much so that the NAACP recently issued a travel advisory warning that the state is “openly hostile toward African Americans.”

    DeSantis has taken advantage of a Republican-controlled legislature to turn Florida into a test kitchen for turning culture war hysteria into policy. He’s been decidedly anti-science since the pandemic began, cracking down on public institutions’ ability to impose preventative measures and appointing an anti-vax surgeon general. He’s banned books in schools and cracked down on diversity studies. He’s outlawed gender-affirming care for minors. He signed a restrictive six-week abortion ban. Perhaps most notably, he signed “Don’t Say Gay” legislation that now prohibits discussion of gender and sexual identity through 12th grade. Disney, the state’s largest taxpayer, objected to the bill, leading DeSantis to do everything in his power to punish the company, which he has alleged is “woke.” Disney has fought back, and last week canceled a $1 billion building project that would have brought 2,000 jobs to Florida. The company cited “changing business conditions” in the state.
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    Trump and other candidates have mocked DeSantis for the Disney debacle, which many view as one of several signs he’s not ready for a high-profile presidential run. He’s been widely criticized for his robotic personality, which doesn’t lend itself to the kind of retail politics required of a presidential campaign. He’s been visibly frustrated with the media, especially when asked about Trump, and many worry that he and his operation don’t have what it takes to tangle with the former president. Rolling Stone reported last month Trump’s team had been mocking DeSantis’ team as a bunch of “amateurs” after Trump orchestrated a roll-out of Florida congressional endorsements while DeSantis was in Washington trying to woo Congress. Rolling Stone also spoke with several Republican operatives supporting candidates other than Trump or DeSantis who believe DeSantis is a “paper tiger,” and vulnerable even as a second choice. “No one is afraid of him,” said one GOP mega donor.

    DeSantis is also, of course, trying to unseat someone who has wielded control of the GOP for years. Trump has been relentlessly reminding followers of his grip on the party. “I’m blowing away DeSanctimonious in the Polls, and am leading Biden & Harris BIG, whereas DeSanctus is losing to BOTH,” he wrote on Monday. “I have gotten more people Elected than any other human being. Yet I have to listen to these liddle’ lightweights like “Ron” say I can’t win. Like the Dems, it’s just DISINFORMATION. The TRUTH is, they can’t win!!!”


    Trump is right that he’s well ahead of DeSantis in preliminary polls, with most of them showing the former president with a sizable double-digit lead. He’s also right that he’s gotten plenty of MAGA Republicans elected — including DeSantis, whose 2018 gubernatorial campaign was fledgling before Trump endorsed him. Trump regularly reminds people about this, accusing DeSantis of disloyalty for daring to run against him. “There were tears coming down from his eyes,” Trump claimed to Hugh Hewitt about how DeSantis “begged” for his support.

    Regardless of how well Trump appears to be doing against DeSantis, the former president is currently facing a slew of investigations, and although the probes don’t seem to have hurt his polling, there’s still plenty of time for the narrative to change. DeSantis insists that it’s time for the party to move on from Trump and that he’s the only Republican who has a chance to beat Biden. The problem for him and for the rest of the Republican field, however, is that they’ve largely shied away from attacking the man they need to defeat. DeSantis, for example, has pitched himself as the cure to the GOP’s “culture of losing,” but is too scared of alienating MAGA conservatives to actually admit that Trump lost the 2020 election.
    Eat Us And Smile

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    "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992
  • FORD
    ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

    • Jan 2004
    • 58831

    #2
    Eat Us And Smile

    Cenk For America 2024!!

    Justice Democrats


    "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992

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    • FORD
      ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

      • Jan 2004
      • 58831

      #3
      Eat Us And Smile

      Cenk For America 2024!!

      Justice Democrats


      "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992

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      • Terry
        TOASTMASTER GENERAL
        • Jan 2004
        • 11968

        #4
        DeSantis did win his last race by a quite hefty margin, although it should be noted his opponent, Charlie Crist, (who I admittedly voted for) was a bit past his sell by date; not to say a different opponent would have necessarily vanquished DeSantis, but Crist was at one time a republican who became an independent and then switched to the democratic party. Translation = DeSantis stands for something vs. Crist who flops between parties depending on whichever one is prevailing at the time.

        Who knows what's going to happen with Trump in the next 18 months? Even if convicted of a felony, he can still run and get elected.

        It isn't as if the idea of a DeSantis candidacy has been setting the political scene on fire thus far.

        Who knows? If 2024 in the GOP primary field turns out to be another clown car a la 2016, Trump could eke out a plurality again. However, even if all the other no-chancer hopefuls in the race (Pence, Haley, Pompeo, etc.) got out now and coalesced around DeSantis or another single opposition candidate to Trump that might not be enough to deny Trump the nomination. And the 2024 election will be referendum on Biden's presidency as much as it will on Trump's term in office...who knows where the fuck the country will be 18 months from now on the economy?
        Scramby eggs and bacon.

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        • Kristy
          DIAMOND STATUS
          • Aug 2004
          • 16346

          #5
          He for SURE has my vote.

          America is about 6 years behind on being totalitarian/fascist police state. Only the Ronny Boy can make it come true.

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          • Nickdfresh
            SUPER MODERATOR

            • Oct 2004
            • 49219

            #6
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            • Nitro Express
              DIAMOND STATUS
              • Aug 2004
              • 32798

              #7
              Originally posted by Terry
              DeSantis did win his last race by a quite hefty margin, although it should be noted his opponent, Charlie Crist, (who I admittedly voted for) was a bit past his sell by date; not to say a different opponent would have necessarily vanquished DeSantis, but Crist was at one time a republican who became an independent and then switched to the democratic party. Translation = DeSantis stands for something vs. Crist who flops between parties depending on whichever one is prevailing at the time.

              Who knows what's going to happen with Trump in the next 18 months? Even if convicted of a felony, he can still run and get elected.

              It isn't as if the idea of a DeSantis candidacy has been setting the political scene on fire thus far.

              Who knows? If 2024 in the GOP primary field turns out to be another clown car a la 2016, Trump could eke out a plurality again. However, even if all the other no-chancer hopefuls in the race (Pence, Haley, Pompeo, etc.) got out now and coalesced around DeSantis or another single opposition candidate to Trump that might not be enough to deny Trump the nomination. And the 2024 election will be referendum on Biden's presidency as much as it will on Trump's term in office...who knows where the fuck the country will be 18 months from now on the economy?
              Ha! Nobody is going to jail and that is why nothing changes. Everything is rigged to where there is no accountability.
              No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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              • Romeo Delight
                ROCKSTAR

                • Feb 2005
                • 5140

                #8
                WHat specifically is your issue with Desantis?

                Let's talk about them one by one. I am not on board with everything he has enacted by any means, but in comparison to other states, I can't say he has been horrible.

                There are far worse states who have decimated their states by horrid policy decisions.
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                • Von Halen
                  ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

                  • Dec 2003
                  • 7501

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Romeo Delight
                  WHat specifically is your issue with Desantis?
                  If you're asking NickDumbocrat, it's because Desantis isn't a bleeding heart Libtard. Simple as that.

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                  • ZahZoo
                    ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

                    • Jan 2004
                    • 8975

                    #10
                    DeSantis has far more policy positions that align with the political center of the nation than any other GOP candidate... he's next generation, willing to fight with common sense position on a wide range of issues and has strong leadership skills. I don't see any other candidate that comes close to appealing to the core of the nation on either side compared to DeSantis.
                    "If you want to be a monk... you gotta cook a lot of rice...”

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                    • Nickdfresh
                      SUPER MODERATOR

                      • Oct 2004
                      • 49219

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Von Halen
                      If you're asking NickDumbocrat, it's because Desantis isn't a bleeding heart Libtard. Simple as that.
                      Or he's a pandering, hypocritical socialist cunt attacking big business (Disney) and hurting his state, but is also Trump's biotch and lets Donald shit all over him with nary a whimper. He's a lying cocksucker that says anything to get elected and makes statements that completely contradict his votes as a Senator. He has absolutely no charisma but a massive ego, and has managed to have one of the highest Covid death rates despite Florida being pretty isolated form it and enjoying hot weather. But other than that he's a great candidate that suburban women would support in a gen election (LOL) after it becomes generally known he's forced women to severally endanger their health by preventing them from having an abortion of a fetus that threatens the host....

                      Nice announcement, asshole LOL:

                      Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his 2024 presidential campaign to screeching audio feedback and technical difficulties in a Twitter Space with Elon Musk on Wednesday.

                      DeSantis eventually did launch his campaign, but the event was mired with problems from the very beginning — and DeSantis didn’t manage to use the initial Space hosted by Musk. When moderator David Sacks, a venture capitalist and former PayPal product lead, first unmuted himself to start the talk, the Space was filled with loud, echoing feedback sounds before quickly going silent. The accounts of DeSantis and Sacks popped in and out of the initial room, muting and unmuting themselves before leaving entirely.

                      As of publication, it’s not entirely clear what went wrong, but Musk (one of the only people to actually speak in the first Space) chalked the problems up to overloaded servers. More than 600,000 users were tuned in a few minutes before the Musk-hosted room ended. For comparison, more than 12 million people showed up to Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert in 2020.
                      Last edited by Nickdfresh; 05-25-2023, 11:28 AM.

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                      • Nickdfresh
                        SUPER MODERATOR

                        • Oct 2004
                        • 49219

                        #12
                        Here's a primer:

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                        • Nickdfresh
                          SUPER MODERATOR

                          • Oct 2004
                          • 49219

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Von Halen
                          If you're asking NickDumbocrat, it's because Desantis isn't a bleeding heart Libtard. Simple as that.
                          LOL Maybe Von desanctimonious can tell us what he loves so much about him?

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                          • Kristy
                            DIAMOND STATUS
                            • Aug 2004
                            • 16346

                            #14

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                            • Nitro Express
                              DIAMOND STATUS
                              • Aug 2004
                              • 32798

                              #15
                              Let the Donny and Ronnie show begin.
                              No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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