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Desperation: Media Attacks Ron DeSantis Over His Disney Wedding, ‘Cool Teacher’ Reputation

Desperation: Media Attacks Ron DeSantis Over His Disney Wedding, ‘Cool Teacher’ Reputation

“At a private school 20 years ago, the future Florida governor was a popular history teacher and coach. But some students were taken aback by his comments on the Civil War and abortion,” the New York Times reported.

Perhaps because their repeated attempts at painting him as “worse than Trump” failed to put a dent in his popularity, the mainstream media have moved on to their next round of attacks on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

And not surprisingly, they reek of absolute desperation.

First up, we have the New York Times, which on Saturday ran with a story (archived link here) on the one year twenty years ago when DeSantis was a teacher at a private boarding school in Georgia.

From the teaser tweet posted by “reporter” Stephanie Saul on behalf of her NYT colleague Frances Robles, we were supposed to believe some very concerning things happened during his brief time at Darlington School: DeSantis allegedly “partying” with teen high school students (aka being a “cool teacher”) and suggesting the Civil War was fought over economic reasons, not slavery:

Though Robles did interview some former students who said in so many words that DeSantis helped make them better people, the lion’s share of the piece focused on the interviews she did with former students who sounded like they stepped straight out of a DNC casting call:

Danielle Pompey remembers Mr. DeSantis, a Florida native and recent Yale grad, being an outsider like her, a New Yorker with a thick accent to match. But Ms. Pompey, who is Black and was on an academic scholarship, said she felt that Mr. DeSantis treated her worse because of her race.

“Mr. Ron, Mr. DeSantis, was mean to me and hostile toward me,” said Ms. Pompey, who graduated in 2003. “Not aggressively, but passively, because I was Black.”

She recalled Mr. DeSantis teaching Civil War in a way that sounded to her like an attempt to justify slavery.

But in the very next paragraph we learned that, according to the student, DeSantis was merely playing “devil’s advocate” with his comments about the Civil War:

“Like in history class, he was trying to play devil’s advocate that the South had good reason to fight that war, to kill other people, over owning people — Black people,” she said. “He was trying to say, ‘It’s not OK to own people, but they had property, businesses.’”

The only other “evidence” the Times had for his alleged denial of the reasons for the Civil War was … a parody video made by other students at the time:

The video, which was reviewed by The Times, includes a short snippet in which a voice purporting to be Mr. DeSantis is heard saying: “The Civil War was not about slavery! It was about two competing economic systems. One was in the North. …” while a student dozes in class. (A student voiced the role of Mr. DeSantis, because students did not have any actual footage of him, according to a student who helped put it together.)

We also learned about how abortion allegedly came up once in class, and how one former student of the school said he was troubled when his then-girlfriend told him of DeSantis’ alleged comments:

Abortion was another issue that came up in class at least once, according to Matthew Arne, a former student. Mr. Arne, who was a senior, said students talked among themselves about Mr. DeSantis expressing his strict belief that abortion was wrong. He said it troubled him when his girlfriend, who was in Mr. DeSantis’s history class, told him about what Mr. DeSantis had said. He had grown up in California, he said, and disagreed with Mr. DeSantis’s stance.

Meanwhile, at the Washington Post, we’re apparently supposed to believe that DeSantis, who took on “woke Disney” earlier this year with some success, is a hypocrite or something because he and his wife Casey got married at Disney in 2009 (archived link):

Before he attacked the company, DeSantis — who is up for reelection next week — was a groom walking down the aisle in a Disney wedding. He and his wife, Jill Casey Black, a former anchor at Jacksonville news station WJXT who goes by Casey, wed at Walt Disney World on Sept. 26, 2009.

The Washington Post also informed us how hot on the trail other so-called media outlets were on the story of where DeSantis got married:

Insider first reported the wedding location on Friday, based on accounts from three unnamed people; the publication said 150 people attended. The New York Times reported early last month that the couple’s marriage license listed the location as Lake Buena Vista, a Central Florida city controlled by Disney. The Washington Post has also obtained the marriage license.

For good measure, a former work colleague of Casey DeSantis during her time as an anchor at WJXT told the Post that “I don’t think there was any Mickey presence at all” at the wedding.

If these hit pieces were supposed to turn people off from DeSantis, they did a miserable job:

I don’t know which one of these attacks on DeSantis makes the media look worse – the Disney wedding one, the “cool teacher” one, the Financial Times one about how he supposedly used to deliberately mispronounce “Thai” in college, or the one in which the New York Times actually fretted over DeSantis reportedly texting with Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady.

But what I do know is that they are all previews of the ridiculousness to come from the press in 2024 should DeSantis announce a run for president. It’s like they’re trying to Brett Kavanaugh him now in hopes of derailing him later.

Will it work? Don’t count on it.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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These are very weak accusations, not really meant to dent the persona of DeSantis, but to actually make them look like they are trying to diss him.
He’s the cabals chosen one, he’s been bought and paid for already. He’s allowed, even encouraged to “fight the machine”
He won’t really fight it too hard

Cause they are paying his bills, over 200,000,000 worth and counting

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 10:43 am

    So the same media who:
    1. Vilified DeSantis as the Gov of Death during the height of Rona accusing him of all sorts of BS that equated to he is joyfully killing grandma by keeping FL open
    2. Went batcrap crazy about the ‘don’t say gay bill’ which said no such thing
    3. Accuses him of all sorts of BS weekly

    That same media is now supporting DeSantis? Nah.

    Telemachus in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Oh come on, you sound like Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse. He is anti-DeSantis nutter.

      gonzotx in reply to Telemachus. | November 6, 2022 at 11:42 am

      I do my research. I too was once a big support of DeSantis, then I heard about his 200,000,000, more now, and looked at his donors
      That worried me because I have always said, America is at a point that someone so rich had to run for President they could not be bought

      And here came Trump

      Then I looked at Paul Ryan, McConnell, Rove, Jeb bush and others coming out in full support of DeSantis
      Ryan got DeSantis on Hannity, who tried to make him out to be a foreign policy savant we already know Laura is a Rino unfortunately and drools endlessly over DeSantis

      Ridiculous

      They are the gatekeepers of the RINO globalists.

      Then Mara Lago happened, DeSantis did absolutely nothing prior, and as Governor he had prior knowledge, and sat in his basement for 5 days, no press conferences, a private, not official tweet, not naming Trump and very very vanilla.

      Ridiculous

      Then he went and lent his support to Colorado Rino Joseph O’Dea senate Republican nominee, who dissed Trump publicly
      I can go on and on and there are numerous examples, but he has been going behind Trumps back and courting amd being courted by the “establishment “

      Do your own research.

      Fool me once

        Trump for President. It’s the only way we can take back our country. If De Santis wants the VP spot, give it to him.

          He lost to President Dementia by about 30,000 votes. How many votes were fraudulent? Because any good candidate would have beaten President Dementia by 10,000,000 (particularly if he had Trump’s record to run on, but not his mouth to sink him).

        Evil Otto in reply to gonzotx. | November 7, 2022 at 6:25 am

        “as Governor he had prior knowledge”

        Prove it. Cite your source for that claim.

          DSHornet in reply to Evil Otto. | November 7, 2022 at 10:02 am

          It was an FBI operation. What could he have done about it?
          .

          CommoChief in reply to Evil Otto. | November 7, 2022 at 11:21 am

          The implied threshold seems to be sending in FL State Troopers to have a standoff with the Feds. Perhaps it is just somehow ‘tipping off’ DJT that this was happening; though IDK where or why DeSantis had foreknowledge nor what duty he owed to tell DKT if he had known.

          Others didn’t like the response DeSantis gave when he said it was bad, apparently that was insufficiently groveling and lacked the subservient attitude the Only Trump folks require. Some have taken issue with DeSantis using his personal Twitter v his Official Twitter when he made additional comments saying he disagreed with how Mar a Lago went down.

        Not all billionaires are on board with the WEF and globalism. Until we know which billionaires are contributing to DeSantis, we have to assume that it is a good thing, not bad. But he IS dependent on that money should he challenge Trump which I see no sign he will. Trump was needling DeSantis during his endorsement of him for governor. DeSantis is ahead in the polls by double digits. It would take more than that joke to dislodge him.

        So far, I think the only ones even thinking of challenging Trump will be the truly sanctimonious Mike Pence, the even more sanctimonious Kinsinger and the batshit crazy Liz Cheney. And they will be running neck-and-neck with me trying to get above the margin of error.

Colonel Travis | November 6, 2022 at 10:21 am

Trump just called him Ron DeSanctimonious. For someone who has spent almost his entire life outside of the Stupid Party, Trump is fitting in nicely. Just what we need, the two most popular potential candidates at each other’s throat.

    Maybe you should understand why he called him that.

    Rich Baris “The People’s Pundit”
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    I’ll tell everyone what it was right now, though it’s not the smartest fight for REPs to have before a midterm.

    When Ron DeSantis is chatting with @kevinomccarthy and Team Paul Ryan behind the back of the man who made him the governor of Florida, it was bound to happen.

    Realignment Politics
    @politicsrea
    WTF was that? That was so weird.

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    It’s called a shot across the bow and it’s in response to what Trump has been hearing is going on behind his back, which more than a half of dozen donors and scores of sitting congressman have told me is true.
    8:58 PM · Nov 5, 2022

    DeSantis has “acquired” 200,000,000 million from the wall street donors, he was well aware of the raid on
    Mara Lago and his for 5 days and did nothing
    Trump campaigned for DeSantis, dragged him across the finish line amd he has taken the Rino Bait ( money) and been anointed by Ryan, McCarthy, McConnell, Jeb

    The usual cartel

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 10:57 am

      Trump made DeSantis Governor?

      Just like Obama lowered sea levels?

      Please.

        DeSantis was losing to the dooe addict when Trump gave rally’s and pushed his candidacy

        He only won by 33,000 votes!

        Look at Trumps record, you don’t think he made the difference?

        Trump is the king maker, that’s why they all come to kiss the ring because his support is worth your job

      Colonel Travis in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Sorry I need more evidence than Rich Baris’s say so, whoever the hell that is. I see DeSantis’s record as governor, Secret mettings with Paul Ryan? He knew about the raid for almost a week? Did he also sneak into the Capitol on January 6? Trump said Ted Cruz’s father was hanging out with Lee Harvey Oswald. If you haven’t figured out that Trump likes to talk shit as much as he does otherwise, that’s not my fault. Politics is a blood sport, but if you draw blood on your own when you need them as allies that is really, really stupid.

      Telemachus in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 11:34 am

      Unfortunately, this is vintage Trump – attack even your friends if they don’t bow and scrape before you. You’d think someone Trump’s age would have grown up by now.

      If Trump runs and wins the primary I will vote for him again – it will make my 3rd time doing so. But, IF DeSantis decides to throw his hat in the ring, this 2X Trump voter who voted enthusiastically for him in 2020 (and who believes the election was stolen) will vote for DeSantis.

      Stop pasting the same thing over and over. It becomes spam at that point, and as such, is not permitted here. Thank you.

      Evil Otto in reply to gonzotx. | November 7, 2022 at 6:26 am

      “Maybe you should understand why he called him that.”

      Because DeSantis is a potential rival and Trump’s ego demands that he destroy anyone who gets in his way, even if it’s counterproductive.

      Oops, sorry, am I implying that Trump might not be the perfect man?

    Trump going after DeSantis right now is just plain stupid.

    It’s really too bad that Trump can’t keep his ego in check.

      He is not going after DeSantis. He made that comment as a joke in his endorsement of DeSantis. You Trump haters are retarded.

        CommoChief in reply to Pasadena Phil. | November 7, 2022 at 8:25 pm

        Phil,

        Nope you are incorrect. He made the desanctimonious remark at a fall in PA. He then wnt to FL to rally for Rubio and had invited every other FL candidate to it …except strangely enough Ron DeSantis.

        DJT did endorse DeSantis but not in PA where the remark was made but at a separate rally in FL to which DeSantis was not invited.

I really belt this blog is in love with DeSantis. Rarely do you cover President Trump

Sad…

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 10:46 am

    DJT isn’t in office and DeSantis is. Therefore DeSantis has more newsworthy opportunities on a regular basis. Especially when the media keep offering up laughable attempts to get at DeSantis.

      gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | November 6, 2022 at 11:50 am

      Clearly it’s “the new handsome
      kid on the block”
      One day you will regret your sarcastic BS
      I stand with the man that’s not been bought, won’t be coward and has always stood with us

        CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 1:31 pm

        How was that post sarcastic? I really do try not to be sarcastic except in response and even then dial it back.

        As to cowardice can you please clarify? Provide an example besides your repetition that DeSantis didn’t answer the Mar a Lago question or issue a statement the way you wanted?

        I’ve been on the populist right zone since Perot and happily welcome all the newcomers who got turned on by DJT. Always room for more folks who oppose the failed policies of the past three decades post cold war.

        Namely destroying the broad middle class with mass immigration, off shoring manufacturing, stupid environmental policies, govt debt and corruption of our institutions to the point of teachers advocating to harm kids and keep it from Parents.

    President Trump does not hold any office, nor is he a declared candidate for any office. We are covering the DOJ’s politically-motivated hit job on him (i.e. the Mar-a-Lago raid), but what else is there that is of interest to anyone? Should he declare a run for the GOP nomination, we will definitely cover that and whatever comes after. Until then, shrug. Unless something noteworthy happens, there’s no reason to . . . erm, note it.

      Trump is THE BIG GORILLA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM! Geez. He is going to be the GOP candidate by acclamation and has been THE BIG DRIVER of events and positive progress for us since he appeared. What does it take to get him into the LI narrative? Everything revolves around Trump and we need to be helping him not abandoning him to the wolves. He is fighting for US and he is very, very good at it!

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Folks, I don’t really care for whom you vote. But don’t delude yourselves into pretending it isn’t #NeverTrump behind the push for Ron DeSantis to fracture the party in a primary if and when Trump obviously runs.

It most definitely is them to include McCarthy and McConnell.

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Probably very true that the folks under the Never Trump banner would not be interested in supporting Trump. Yep that checks out. The people who didn’t like DJT for whatever reason are probably going to support an alternative.

    The establishment r party hates his ass. No argument. The establishment also always seems to be worried about image and likability. They really want to be able to go to those DC insider events and not have to be put in a position to defend DJT.

    In essence there are several groups who refuse to hand the nomination to DJT. Very simplified:
    1. Never Trump weirdos like the morally ambivalent folks at the Lincoln Project, Evan McMullen and his amen chorus; French, Krystal, Max Boot…
    These folks got their grift interrupted by DJT and will never forgive him for exposing them as hustlers. They will not back DJT ever.

    2. Political establishment types who are stuck in the past but don’t realize the sun has set on them. McConnell chief among them. These are the old insider crowd who still believe in go along get along, don’t push too hard to actually deliver on campaign promises because we might not get invited to DC cocktail parties and the media will say bad things about us. Instead they are d/prog lite. Some voters in here as well. Country club Republican and suburban women would largely be among this group. Some will and some won’t back DJT.

    3. The bigger group is those of us who are as mad and fired up as the Only Trump folks. The difference is we aren’t sure if DJT can manage to make the election about the issues or if he will make it about himself. This is the group who is happy to give every candidate in the r primary a fair shot to make their case as to why they should be the nominee in 2024. Low hurdle for most of us, all.DJT.has to do is attack d/prog and their bad policies while not making the 2024 election campaign about something other than the very big problems we.face today.

    Jazzizhep in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    “The media is all in on DeSantis” is quite possibly one of the shiniest tin foil hats of all time.

    Although “as proof I quote Rich Baris” is really, and I do mean REALLY, convincing.

      gonzotx in reply to Jazzizhep. | November 6, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      Hey jazz, I’ve posted numerous links to DeSantis and what he has done to provoke this from President Trump

      DeSantis is that Trojan horse

      After all President Trump did for DeSantis, he stabs him in the back. DeSantis wasn’t even going to be the Republicans nominee for Governor till Trump supported his run. Adam Putnam was the selected one, Trumps support put DeSantis on the ballot and across the finish line

        I live in Florida, and I can promise you that I would have voted for a glass of water with an “R” after it over that deadbeat drug-addled Obama wannabe. Trump didn’t make me vote for DeSantis, the fact that he wasn’t a radical lunatic Obot made me vote for him. That’s FACT. Please stop reading crazy people saying crazy things. It’s not a good look on you.

    Uh huh. So in your view it is not at all destructive (i.e. “party fracturing”) to peddle weird spin and lies that diminish a prominent and popular GOP leader? You are bringing the party together by . . . bashing a popular and well-respected member of the party? Not sure I follow that logic. Do you?

    Evil Otto in reply to gonzotx. | November 7, 2022 at 6:29 am

    “Rich Baris “The People’s Pundit””

    Who decided that? Was there a vote where this ‘Rich Baris’ was elected to speak for the people? He’s just some random guy on the internet, and his words aren’t worth anything more than that.

JackinSilverSpring | November 6, 2022 at 11:17 am

Bezos’ Compost, Pravda on the Potomac where the truth goes to die in darkness.

I regret the spat between Trump and DeSantis, but I can understand Trump’s ire if DeSantis is cozying up to the likes of Paul Ryan.

Real media would focus on important issues like open borders the drug crisis, inflation but a propaganda machine will always take the low road.

The NYT hit is about as effective as Trump’s “DeSanctimonious” hit. It reveals more about the hitter than the hittee. The NYT is a lost cause, but Trump really needs to improve his game.

    Paul in reply to Q. | November 6, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    If by “improve his game” you mean support his own team and focus on the big picture instead of his own ego then yeah, I agree with you.

      gonzotx in reply to Paul. | November 6, 2022 at 1:56 pm

      No one is more focused than President Trump
      He just doesn’t suffer fool’s gladly

      gonzotx in reply to Paul. | November 6, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Paul

      Trump is the only one focused on the prize, to free America amd to make it great again

      You all need to do a bit of research…

      DeSantis is bought ll

      He didn’t “revamp” his inner circle for naught

      His top spokesman is a Christie campaign manager ( vomit )

      I once was a very strong supporter, then I saw the millions donated and followed the money, pretty simply really…

      M Poppins in reply to Paul. | November 7, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      I made a comment in error saying that Telemachus was correct – it should have read that GonzoTx is correct. Disappointed with all the anti-Trump attitude on this post

    Completely off the mark and unwelcome. Trump needs to pull his head out of his butt FAST. His petty wailing and “but what about ME?!? what they did to ME?!?” stuff is so old, so stale, so toxic that he is killing his own base. This was a huge misstep.

The vile New York Times is spelled “P-R-A-V-D-A.” Merely another dutifully slavish, water-carrying, dishonest and shameless propaganda organ for the equally vile Dumb-o-crat Party.

Close The Fed | November 6, 2022 at 1:34 pm

Okay, it’s official: DeSantis has a clue.

The War of Northern Agression was definitely NOT about slavery. Lincoln himself said many times he did not care if the slaves remained slaves. He only tried emancipation in order to hasten the north’s winning the war!!!

Bravo, DeSantis!

have ancestors who fought on both sides of that conflict–have read some of their personal correspondence and a personal journal or two of theirs from that era–the war was never about slavery(regardless of what lincoln said/did)–was fought over the idea that “we fought a war to get rid of a king and all his edicts from on high” vs “we fought a war to establish this republic and we’re damned if we’ll let a bunch traitors(secessionists or “secesh”)destroy our sacred union/country”

Yeah, we in Florida are now going to flock to vote for Charlie Crist (R-I-D) because the media (the enemy of America) wrote a hit piece about 20 years ago, Sigh………

“Mr. Ron, Mr. DeSantis, was mean to me and hostile toward me,” said Ms. Pompey, who graduated in 2003. “Not aggressively, but passively, because I was Black.”

It must be easy being black. When this happens to the rest of us, we actually have to back up, perform some self-assessment, and wonder if perhaps it might because WE are a little brat, or bitch. If blacks don’t want to do this, they never have to (provided the teacher is white).

“a voice purporting to be Mr. DeSantis is heard saying: “The Civil War was not about slavery! It was about two competing economic systems. One was in the North. …”

This is a common theme to American history as traditionally taught in the South. It’s called the “Lost Cause” narrative. And there’s enough truth in it to have survived for over 100 years. It’s confounded by the fact that declarations of secession in the various states put forth retention of slavery as their major or only rationale. But we’re smart enough to realize that this is a common political trick to inflame the masses. After all, the election coming up in two days is ALL ABOUT ABORTION AND DEMOCRACY, isn’t it? It has nothing to do with wealth evaporation, energy crises, food shortages, abuses against civil liberties (both J6 and COVID), unrestricted illegal invasion, threats against the health and safety of our children, or anything like that.

I leave you with two quotes from Abe Lincoln that are unpopular indeed in history classes in the northern state in which I was schooled:

I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save thise Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right — a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.

“From the teaser tweet posted by “reporter” Stephanie Saul on behalf of her NYT colleague Frances Robles, we were supposed to believe some very concerning things happened during his brief time at Darlington School: DeSantis allegedly “partying” with teen high school students (aka being a “cool teacher”) and suggesting the Civil War was fought over economic reasons, not slavery:”

In large part, it was. It all worked out, so who cares?

Can I expect Christine Blasey Ford to show up now and say DeSantis raped her in a Mickey Mouse suit when she was six years old at Disney?

Steven Brizel | November 6, 2022 at 2:52 pm

What this NYT reporter really failed to mention was that most of those who fought on the Confederate side did not own slaves and that Lincoln could not have issued the Emancipation Proclamation which he did not have political support for 1861 and 1863,without at least Union military victories which were developing under Grants leadership in the West but not in the Army of the Potomac .Antietam resulted in Lee retreating but it was hardly a victory and nowhere as critical as the two victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863

Steven Brizel | November 6, 2022 at 3:01 pm

Trump was a great president but his self destructive tendencies cost the Republicans the Senate in 2020.I voted twice for Trump but DeSantis is a true and blue conservative and fighter against the woke world without Trump’s self inflicted baggage The key to 2o24 is to win on crime immigration inflation and the destruction of our energy independence not replaying and seeking vengeance for the terrible events of 2020

    healthguyfsu in reply to Steven Brizel. | November 6, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Agreed. Time to move past that….don’t give the press a lifeline for their ratings to go TDS all over again.

      CommoChief in reply to healthguyfsu. | November 6, 2022 at 9:23 pm

      I remain willing to give DJT a fair opportunity to earn my vote in the r primary. All the man needs to do is run his campaign focused on the current issues. Despite his faults the dude was about as effective in office as he could be given all the challenges.

      I have no doubt he could be more effective in a second term if he can remain focused on solving the current issues. However to prove that he can do so demands he show that in a primary race. If he starts up with bizarre tirades and language about r who won’t kiss his ass or ask how high when he says jump then he will waste the opportunity. His choice and it won’t be just my vote he loses in the primary.

      Regardless I will support him in the general if he is able to earn the nomination. It’s way too important for anyone to take their ball home and refuse to fight the d/prog because ‘their candidate’ for the nomination came up short. I fear that some may do just that.

        Steven Brizel in reply to CommoChief. | November 6, 2022 at 10:00 pm

        I would certainly vote for Trump but DeSantis would get elected and clearly demolish any progressive Democrat in the issues and especially in a debateI would love to see DeSantis fun against Neesome who has been a disaster as governor of California

        I think this is correct. The crazy wailings of the Trump faithful are not helpful at all. They are turning off would-be, if reluctant, Trump voters. Trump needs to show he has learned from his first term, that he will enact policies that will drain the swamp. His belated Schedule F plan would do it, but in the meantime, how is it that the FBI under Biden can “purge” normies but Trump couldn’t fire a single “resister” without being impeached? How did Obama manage to decimate our military without running up against the crap Trump did? We need someone savvy and capable in the WH, not someone just tilting at windmills from elections gone by. I would absolutely vote for Trump a third time, but I need to see that he gets it now. I’m not yet sure he does.

Steven Brizel | November 6, 2022 at 3:13 pm

Trump is clearly jealous that DeSantis not only ran on a conservative agenda but that he has implemented it and fought back against the woke world on all issues

I guess Steve amd healthyguy, you have no idea who bought DeSantis!

93 (1) Stop the populist movement and (2) get the republican party back in alignment with the multinational “corporate world.”

Pretty blunt, but hey, he’s rich enough to be honest. So, there you have it…. This is what Griffin expects Ron DeSantis to do for him. Any questions

DeSantis Megadonor, Billionaire Head of Citadel Investments Ken Griffin, Explains Why He Purchased Ron DeSantis for 2024 and What He Expects from His Investment

November 6, 2022 | Sundance | 4 Comments
When politicians in Mexico and South America take financial payments from corporations and billionaires, we call it “corruption.” When politicians in the United States take financial payments from corporations and billionaires, we call it “lobbying.” The process is identical.

Billionaire Citadel Investment hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin (pictured above, center) is one of the top purchasers of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for a 2024 presidential bid. In a recent article for Politico, Mr. Griffin openly explains what he expects from his investment in DeSantis:

    Steven Brizel in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Griffin moved from ultra blue Illinois to Florida because Florida was far more pro business had lower taxes and far less regulations

    healthguyfsu in reply to gonzotx. | November 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Please. You did your “research” by reading some conspiracy blogs that run on fact-free conjecture rants. Your copy-pastes are becoming a running joke around here recently.

      We’re aware of the increasingly spam-like behavior you’ve noted. Pasting the same thing over and over is spam by anyone’s definition, and we are not thrilled that our comment section is being used to link to sites that are . . . questionable. We are taking steps to address this problem. Please bear with us.

    I don’t think I follow you here, gonzotx. Griffin was a huge Trump donor in 2016 and 2020, you know that, right?

So far

Trump endorsement scorecard: 217 wins 19 losses

We will see after the elections the final tally

A much more ominous sign is Donald Trump’s nickname for DeSantis.

If Trump turns against standing up to woke capital with the force of government why are we fighting? The nickname is an attack on Ron DeSantis’ issues and if Trump doesn’t agree with him on those he really shouldn’t be our standard bearer.

This goes beyond can he win (I don’t think he could) it goes to what does he stand for.

    I think it’s pretty simple. DeSantis saw the data and decided early on (i.e. Spring ’20) to reopen Florida. He insisted that the state open to the wide-spread derision of the entire press corps, Hollywood freaks, and, yes, the Trump WH. Trump wanted to open by Easter ’20, and that was the right instinct, he got that part right.

    BUT he caved to Fauci, to the leftist crybullies, to everyone he should have told to F the heck off. Trump didn’t fight, he folded. And with a whimper. The “cabal” got its act in gear and ensured that the country was in a constant uproar, that covid damaged and killed as many as it could, that the plandemic could be used to loosen voting and enable Democrat cheating in key areas. TRUMP dropped the ball. He messed up. And he did so BIGLY.

    Had he opened the country by Easter, as DeSantis did Florida–and against Trump’s wishes, there would not have been numerous means for Democrats to steal the election and install the thoroughly corrupt Biden. But he didn’t. He brought on his own loss, he failed not just himself but all of us. I’m not super thrilled at the prospect of him being back in the WH since he fumbled it so badly the first time. He did make major changes and achieve stuff, but most of that was undone on Day 1 of Biden’s term with Biden’s pen and phone. Also not a good look for Trump.

      You bring up in passing what was maybe his biggest failing – the inability to find, appoint and work with the key members of his administration.

      Also, it appears that horrible treatment caused far more deaths than Covid, even among the elderly – chief among them the use of ventilators and the insistence on putting the infected into nursing homes.

        He was horrible at picking good people to surround him. Truly, historically horrible. I need to see that he gets it now, that he has a better feel for what is needed (and what is not).

        I’m honestly not sure he could have done anything differently to prevent the nursing home deaths in blue counties and states. They were freaking insane about covid (and taking Trump down). But I firmly believe that Trump would be president today if he had the balls to stick to his Open by Easter pledge. DeSantis did it in Florida, but Trump failed the nation. Not only in terms of lost education and socialization opportunities and the economic disaster long-term closures caused but in terms of his own reelection.

        He didn’t open by Easter, so with everything closed down, Dems mobilized their cheat machines (either literally or figuratively). Trump screwed himself, and it’s hard to see it any other way. I honestly think this is why he deeply resents DeSantis: DeSantis did what Trump knew was right, and DeSantis was vindicated by facts and science. Trump, meanwhile, signed his own eviction notice.

      CommoChief in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | November 7, 2022 at 11:39 am

      This is the distinction between DJT and DeSantis that the only Trump crowd carefully ignores or seeks to downplay.

      Spring of 2020 a clear choice in paths forward choose to support the Fauchi Fascists, the rest of the Branch Covidians and lockdown the world OR tell the Branch Covidians that to pound sand and take away the ‘crisis’ used to further the globalist vision.

      No Rona Mania and no crisis to exploit to try and usher in a ‘Reset’ and not to mention the ability to change the election rules for 2020.

      Choices were made and we know which path each chose to take. DeSantis opened up FL and was subjected to mass media attacks and hysteria from the public health community.

      For what it’s worth the same day DeSantis opened FL and told the globalist Branch Covidians and the Fauchi Fascists to pound sand was the same day that DJT attacked Sweden for their decision to refuse to lockdown.

BierceAmbrose | November 7, 2022 at 2:28 pm

DeSantis is getting inoculated, similar to Orange Man Bad. Everybody knew The Donald was a semi-sketchy boor, before he decided to run. Meanwhile the scandal-amplification once in office just gave him a “booster.”

So, they’re trying to slime DeSantis before an election, when the hit won’t change the outcome. When he survives, it all comes out, including the immune response. His story is in place, and they can’t use that one again.

Shoulda held their fire, maybe. I wonder what happens with Fla congress-guy, the one with the many announcements of “investigations” around, what was it sex trafficking, then the page-12 “Nevermind.”

If only the ‘rona vaccines worked as well as these idea-mean jabs.

    henrybowman in reply to BierceAmbrose. | November 7, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Gaetz.

    Yep, Matt Gaetz,, and I voted for him. It was him or that crazy chick who lied about covid data, got fired, lied, lied, and then lied some more. Then did a video of herself half-naked doing some kind of weird dance (presuming that Florida Panhandle rednecks would vote for her in Congress instead of in a wet tee-shirt contest). Pretty easy choice, really.