Terrified Dems Ramp Up ‘Worse Than Trump’ Anti-DeSantis Narrative as Fears About His Popularity Grow
“If you think Donald Trump is dangerous for our democracy & freedoms then let me introduce you to Ron DeSantis. He has turned Florida into DeSantis-stan where the only freedoms you are allowed are ones he personally approves of. You can not spell Dictator w/o the D.” -SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah
Several months ago the mainstream media made a concerted effort to manufacture a war between former President Donald Trump, who is popular with the Republican base, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also popular with the Republican base.
The idea, of course, was to sow dissension and whip up infighting within the party at a time President Biden’s approval ratings were cratering and to take some heat off of Biden as the supply chain crisis worsened and the inflation issue was blowing up.
That narrative crumbled after both men went on record and shut down the media-fueled rumors and the fake news that swirled at the time about supposed “tensions,” saying in interviews in so many words that they understood exactly what type of game the mainstream press was playing and urging their supporters not to fall for it.
Fast forward to summertime, and as Joe Biden continues to flounder and flail, Ron DeSantis’ star continues to rise in his state and among Republicans across the country. Along with that, speculation is also ramping up regarding DeSantis’ 2024 intentions, with Democrats and their media allies going with the assumption that he will throw his hat into the race after he (presumably) makes it through his 2022 gubernatorial reelection campaign unscathed.
That has The Usual Suspects absolutely terrified, especially considering the fact that at this point there is a lot of uncertainty as to whom the 2024 Democratic nominee will be: Joe Biden, who seems incapable of functioning without his handlers on standby, or Kamala Harris, who hasn’t been given an assignment yet that she hasn’t screwed up?
With that in mind, the Democrat/media industrial complex have decided on the new narrative about DeSantis. As Mike noted in April, he’s “worse than Trump,” to them, and that’s a message they think will have the effect of blunting his momentum and rising popularity with voters.
Here are some examples of this narrative being pushed:
If you think Donald Trump is dangerous for our democracy & freedoms then let me introduce you to Ron DeSantis. He has turned Florida into DeSantis-stan where the only freedoms you are allowed are ones he personally approves of.
You can not spell Dictator w/o the D in DeSantis.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) July 7, 2022
Ron DeSantis is a greater threat to democracy than Trump because he's a hard-core MAGA who's positioning himself as palatable for never-Trump Republicans — with the help of much of the media.
He's also more efficient than Trump, having passed a slew of extremist laws.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) July 7, 2022
Ron Desantis is more dangerous than Trump. Look at what he is doing in Florida, its 1933 Germany down there. Stop normalizing him. #morningjoe
— Elsa Skold 🇺🇦 (@ElsaSkold) July 7, 2022
Trump isn't the threat. It's the entire GOP and right-wing ecosystem. They'll simply discard Trump and replace him with DeSantis. The entire conservative movement is radicalized and weaponized. The rational Republicans are gone. It's power and party above country.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) June 30, 2022
.@GovRonDeSantis’s actions may not be as blatant as inciting a mob to attack Congress, but his record reveals a troubling pattern of authoritarianism and vindictiveness that would be extremely dangerous in the Oval Office. https://t.co/P7e2QD6Fs3
— Max Boot 🇺🇦 (@MaxBoot) July 7, 2022
From Boot’s anti-DeSantis column:
Smart and disciplined but reclusive and unpleasant: Who does that remind you of? That’s right: Richard M. Nixon. And I don’t mean the Nixon who created the Environmental Protection Agency, implemented affirmative action, went to China and took other surprisingly liberal steps. DeSantis has never shown any similar willingness to challenge his base. I’m thinking of the Nixon who smeared his opponents (he accused Adlai Stevenson of having a “Ph.D. from Dean Acheson’s cowardly college of Communist containment”) and warred with the press (“You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore,” he said in 1962, “because gentlemen, this is my last press conference”). I’m thinking of the Nixon who employed the government against his “enemies list,” catered to White bigotry (the Southern strategy) and exacerbated social divisions in an attempt to mobilize the Silent Majority against liberal elites.
NY Mag‘s Jon Chait re-upped a March piece he wrote on the supposed similarities between Trump and DeSantis as “evidence” that DeSantis was “worse”:
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) July 7, 2022
Chris Rufo was among many who shot down Chait’s argument and that of others who have moved on from calling DeSantis “racist” to “authoritarian” because the former obviously hasn’t worked (just as it didn’t work with Trump):
Translation: the false accusations of "racist" and "white supremacist" have lost their rhetorical power, so we are switching to "authoritarian" and "threat to democracy." https://t.co/r5V7nelD7B
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 7, 2022
Meanwhile, there is a political faction that wants to eliminate the filibuster, pack the court, abolish the Electoral College, and nationalize election laws in order to secure its own political power. Much more "authoritarian" than anything happening in Florida.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 7, 2022
DeSantis is so deeply authoritarian he didn’t close businesses, schools or churches, allowed folks to make their own decisions about vaccines, had monoclonal antibodies available to everyone for free, gave bonuses to teachers and first responders. Yes, it’s awful here. https://t.co/GwZiEoa2Iw
— Just Mindy 🐊 (@just_mindy) July 7, 2022
DeSantis was literally the one executive in this nation who said, "Go to church. Open your business. Go to the beach. I am not going to stop you," when the rest of the country was sitting home, many of them due to executive orders, but sure, try & sell him as an authoritarian.
— Anna James Zeigler (@ajzeigler) July 7, 2022
Newsom had people alone on the ocean arrested but DeSantis is the authoritarian, or something. https://t.co/uELRCrCRfk
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) July 7, 2022
Democrats accusing Ron DeSantis of authoritarianism when his single greatest accomplishment was keeping society open because he understood the pandemic and believes in freedom above other values is some next level gaslighting … of themselves. No one else believes that crap.
— Douglas Lukasik (@DouglasLukasik) July 7, 2022
Twitter user Amish Dude provided a handy template going forward for people to keep in mind for when these attacks backfire and the next round of similarly desperate attacks start:
[Latest Republican] is worse than [Current Republican] because he is doing [Mischaracterized Popular Legislative Action] which will lead to [Apocalyptic Hyperbole], hurting [Preferred Interest Group] the most. https://t.co/wlyEl4jDVq
— AmishDude (@TheAmishDude) July 6, 2022
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