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Media Trots out ‘Republican’ Never Trumpers to Doom and Gloom Ron DeSantis’ Nomination Chances

Media Trots out ‘Republican’ Never Trumpers to Doom and Gloom Ron DeSantis’ Nomination Chances

Why would Reuters push a piece that quotes “GOP strategists” who hate DeSantis and yet portray them as people whose “hopes are waning” that he’ll win the nomination?

While only a handful of Republicans including former President Donald Trump and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have declared their candidacies, the media has devoted significant amounts of time and resources to trying to doom and gloom one who has not yet entered the race—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

To be fair, DeSantis has spent a lot of time in recent weeks in important primary states like New Hampshire and South Carolina. With that in mind, one could hardly blame news organizations for wanting to cover those events to let us know what a potential presidential candidate has to say.

But what’s been going on in the press regarding DeSantis is way more than just “reporters” doing their due diligence on a possible presidential aspirant. DeSantis is getting some of the same lopsided treatment most top-tier GOP presidential hopefuls have received from the press in prior election cycles. Except in this particular one the Usual Suspects have kicked it up a notch because they view him as Trump’s biggest threat to the nomination.

And they really, really want Trump to win the nomination because, as they did in 2016, they think he’s unelectable.

More to the point, they and their Democrat allies view DeSantis as a threat to Joe Biden’s presidency.

So we get treated to “blockbuster” stories about how DeSantis eats pudding with his fingers (impeach!) and how he’s allegedly “not a fun and convivial dude” (horrors!) as if they are quality articles that will persuade people on the fence at this point to not support DeSantis.

Even worse is how our intelligence is insulted almost daily by hit pieces like this one from Reuters, which trotted out Never Trumpers like members of the Lincoln Project and senior figures at The Bulwark, painting some of them as “current and former Republican Party operatives” who were hopeful DeSantis could best Trump but whose hopes “are waning” (emphasis mine):

Current and former Republican Party operatives who have spent years trying to banish Donald Trump from American political life say the former president’s 2024 campaign has begun to gain so much steam that they fear he is by far the favorite to become the party’s presidential nominee again.


The “Never Trumpers,” some of whom have left the Republican Party but still work to undermine Trump with voters, say their hopes for DeSantis are waning.

They quoted Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen as one of those whose “hopes for DeSantis are waning,” despite that fact that the Lincoln Project has tried to undermine DeSantis as well (more on that in a minute):

Some have effectively given up.

“If we could stop Trump becoming the nominee, we would do that. But he’s going to be the nominee,” said Reed Galen, co-founder of the Lincoln Project, a prominent anti-Trump group of current and former Republicans.

They also quoted Sarah Longwell, pointing out that she’s a “Republican strategist” but without noting that she’s the publisher of The Bulwark, which is not just anti-Trump but also anti-DeSantis:

“By defending him on the indictment, DeSantis becomes a supporting cast member in the central drama of Donald Trump. That makes him look weaker, not stronger,” said Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist and longtime Trump critic.

Longwell cautioned that Trump’s dominance could fade, but added: “It could be that DeSantis just doesn’t have it, that he doesn’t have the political talent.

Bulwark views DeSantis as the equivalent of Trump ‘without the baggage,’ which Longwell alluded to in her quote to Reuters. Strangely, we’re supposed to give serious consideration to her opinion as a “Republican strategist” even though her site and writers have made clear they don’t like either potential Republican candidate.

What Reuters also failed to note is how the Lincoln Project has a similar view of DeSantis, which is why they’ve also targeted him with negative ads and social media campaigns designed to make him look like he’s worse in their view than Trump.

Reuters also conveniently left out that the Lincoln Project not only does not want DeSantis to be the GOP nominee, but that they’ve openly admitted that they very much do want Trump as the nominee.

Relatedly, here’s what co-founder Rick Wilson said about DeSantis just two weeks ago while speaking at a swanky Democrat event in Florida:

“Make no mistake, Ron DeSantis is the most dangerous Republican governor in the country. He is an autocrat. He is a bully. He is a punk. He is a thug. And as I said earlier, he has a voice that’s the mansplaining voice of every woman’s first husband,” Wilson said. “You guys have a lot of work to do, not just in Florida, but across the country. Democrats need to learn a couple of simple rules to win in 2024.”


“When you look at a guy like DeSantis, the establishment, for a minute, thought he’s Trump without all the rough edges. He’s Trump without all the problems,” Wilson said. “No, he’s much worse. He’s Trump with more discipline. He’s Trump with people around him who are smarter and more evil.”

So why would Reuters push a piece that quotes “GOP strategists” who hate DeSantis and yet portray them as people whose “hopes are waning” that he’ll win the nomination?

For the same reason Politico ran a hit piece last week in which they noted that former GOP Congresssman Dave Trott (R-Mich.) thinks DeSantis is “an asshole” (all because he didn’t like rubbing elbows that much with politicos during his time in Congress) without also reporting that Trott infamously endorsed Joe Biden in 2020 as part of the “Republicans and Independents for Biden” campaign.

They want to manipulate voters and in the process create a “rally-around effect” for Trump, which to some extent has been successful as the goals of the media, Democrats, “Never Trumpers,” and “Only Trump” types appear to have converged at least for the time being, albeit for very different reasons.

But as Professor Jacobson previously pointed out, voters should be wary of the traps being set by people who literally have a heavily vested interest in seeing their preferred candidate stick around as long as possible.

Try as they might, the media can’t quit Trump. Democrats don’t want to, and the Lincoln Project needs him because he’s good for their cash machine.

Republican voters should keep all of this in mind when they’re considering who to support in the presidential primaries next year. They shouldn’t let the media, talking heads, and supposedly respectable “GOP strategists” who are getting paid very handsomely for what they’re saying effectively make their decisions for them. Instead, make judgments about candidates based on not just listening to them but researching their records and seeing what their accomplishments are.

In short, do your homework and ignore the corporate press and their willing accomplices as much as you can. Because after all they’ve done to earn voter distrust over the years, no one should give them the satisfaction of complying. Not now, not ever.

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


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Who on the right still pays any attention to the media at this point?

Other than just to see what the latest official position is from Pravda.

“Why would Reuters push a piece that quotes “GOP strategists” who hate DeSantis and yet portray them as people whose “hopes are waning” that he’ll win the nomination?”

Answer: because they’re a bunch of lying, gaslighting c*nts who would get their faces crushed if they lied to people in person like they do on TV.

“Never Trumpers” who “don’t like DeSantis?”
Could only be Democrats! my tinfoil hat concluded.
Then I saw “Lincoln Project.”
TFH earns its keep again!

Let’s try this again, because it’s an actual article, no reason to delete it.

Really, one would think there is serious censorship going on here regarding Ron.

Follow the money

Robert Bigelow is a billionaire space industrialist and hotel conglomerate owner. In addition to his vast wealth, Bigelow believes space aliens are already on earth and we just have not discovered them yet. Bigelow gives a lot of money to republicans.

Last week the New York Times reported the DeSantis team had raised $30 million in the last month. Time Magazine is now reporting that $20 million of that financing came from one donor, billionaire Robert Bigelow.

    henrybowman in reply to gonzotx. | April 23, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    “Bigelow believes space aliens are already on earth and we just have not discovered them yet.”
    And you think he’s a swampy? He sounds very much like an anti-swampy!
    Especially if he thinks Pelosi and Schumer are Lizard People.

      gonzotx in reply to henrybowman. | April 23, 2023 at 7:56 pm

      I think he’s a nut case, amazing how many billionaires in reality are

      Maybe they use up their brain cells early through the creation of their wealth and can slide into things people who have to work hard everyday to pay bills don’t have the time for

    Gosport in reply to gonzotx. | April 23, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    “Time Magazine is now reporting….”

    Time Magazine? Seriously?

    Danny in reply to gonzotx. | April 24, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Lying is a great way to exterminate all credibility because first he only gave 10 million so was not half, second anyone could see from a basic google search that he isn’t a bad guy. Without him the Joe Lombardo would not be governor of Nevada right now

    By the way is your bolshevism only selective towards millionaires and billionaires who support DeSantis or does it apply to Trump big beneficiary of Disney largess?

    I am not a Bolshevik like you, I don’t believe in dehumanizing millionaires and billionaires for being millionaires or billionaires.

    Bigelow believes in UFOs. You brought that up because you find that unforgivable or because you felt like trying to demonize him and try and label him with the other brush?

retiredcantbefired | April 23, 2023 at 7:50 pm

Why does Reuters think anyone will take either the Lincoln Project or the Bulwark seriously?

The GOP on the national level is complete garbage.

Every single one of them. Start wtih Rino Rona, hop to McConnell, and turn left to Graham.

They’re all garbage and the GOP is corrupt pit of rats.

NBC news posits that Trump loses to Biden but DeSantis beats Biden by +3.

The national Wall Street Journal poll asked registered voters who they’d choose in hypothetical matchups between Biden and each Republican frontrunner. With Trump on the ballot, 48% said they’d definitely or probably vote for Biden, while 45% preferred Trump.

But with DeSantis on the ballot, 48% said they preferred the Republican, compared to 45% choosing Biden.

Those margins are virtually identical to Quinnipiac’s findings just a few weeks earlier — Biden leading Trump 48% to 46%, and DeSantis leading Biden 48% to 46%.

Swing state polling released this week shows a similar dynamic too, including three recent polls from the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies reported on across various outlets (note: POS is the Republican half of the NBC News bipartisan polling outfit).

Assuming that the trend is true, the only Trump cult needs to wake up before it is too late.

    You can see their comments here. They’d rather have Biden win than vote for DeSantis.

    BeAChooser in reply to Juris Doctor. | April 23, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    And you believe these polls? LOL!

      Juris Doctor in reply to BeAChooser. | April 24, 2023 at 12:07 am

      I look forward to your tender of proof that they are wrong. The likelyhood that the pattern is wrong is almost nill since the pattern is repeated in separate and independent polling.

        I doubt that anyone can prove the poll wrong, nor can anyone prove it is right.

        IMO polls such as this are fairly useless; DeSantis hasn’t even declared his candidacy, so all of the questions of the poll are based on speculation.

        It’s waaaaaaay too early to be putting any stock in the polls — we’ve seen them “tighten up” or even totally flip their results as time goes by and the election draws nearer.

        henrybowman in reply to Juris Doctor. | April 24, 2023 at 8:30 am

        Yeah, like every one of the “Hillary’s gonna win” polls.
        I don’t give NBC news any particular credence in general, regardless of topic; I don’t know why I’d give this poll any more privilege than that.

      Danny in reply to BeAChooser. | April 24, 2023 at 3:19 pm

      These polls have been correct in 2022, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, overestimated Republicans in 2012, accurately predicted 2010, and 2008.

    WindyHill in reply to Juris Doctor. | April 25, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Every single one of those stats would clearly be within an acceptable margin of error…

Suburban Farm Guy | April 23, 2023 at 10:40 pm

“He is a bully. He is a punk. He is a thug….” — Rick Wilson, projecting again

The worst enemy of Republicans is frequently Republicans. Dems say they’re Populist, but are mostly focused on using the power of government to gain their own power and wealth, while Republicans are fairly split between Deep State and real Populist. The press is more than happy to use Deep State Republicans like McCain and the Lincoln Project to dish dirt and throw rocks at their populist fellows.

There do seem to be a lot of outlets trying to spin up some sort of a cage match between Trump and deSantis. Just saw folks talking about some Rolling Stone article purporting to be a leak from and anonymous Trump staffer purporting to absolutely want to destroy deSantis and I have been a bit concerned by how many conservatives seem to be taking it at face value.

The Rolling Stone both has a history of lying to advance it’s causes and hates our guts and would like us all dead. We should be more than careful about trusting them.

Don’t go dousing your powder because someone who hates you tells you to.

DeSantis is getting some of the same lopsided treatment most top-tier GOP presidential hopefuls have received from the press in prior election cycles.

Understatement of the year. Ty Stacey.. I really liked your conclusion,,

no one should give them the satisfaction of complying. Not now, not ever.

Suburban Farm Guy | April 24, 2023 at 8:05 am

DeSantis will have to work harder to get his own band of haters. It looks pretty small-time to always be borrowing Trump’s.

When we see a group called NeverDeSantis we’ll know he’s finally made it.

    CommoChief in reply to Suburban Farm Guy. | April 24, 2023 at 8:30 am

    The haters you refer to generally shift around to attack whichever potential threat to their grift they see as most dangerous on any given day.

    The interesting part is how these leftist attack points on DeSantis align with those of the weirdos from Lincoln project and the various lefty media organs. That Trump has begun parroting these lines of attack on descent is a bit disturbing.

    Why would Trump recycle these lefty attacks of essentially going so far as to take the side of Disney and Bud Light? IMO the answer is twofold. Firstly, Trump wants to win and he doesn’t care how he achieves it. Secondly Trump is very much a social liberal he isn’t involved in the culture war issues b/c he doesn’t hold them as important. So if you view trans ideology and Parental rights as primary issues of concern then Trump isn’t your guy.

    They’re already here in fact if not in name. Most of them have already loudly announced their refusal to vote for anybody other than Trump if he loses the nomination, and aim all of their hate at DeSantis because they see him as the only viable threat.

    He already has them.

When is a mainstream Pravda outlet like NBC, ABC, Washington Post etc going to be outright purchased by a group or individual committed to actual balanced journalism? Where is Musk, Thiel, and where are the big DeSantis and Trump supporters? C’mon man!

Face it folks, really does not matter who is running. Look at 2020. When no brainers can win like Fetterman and Biden.

I want them all out. Let start from scratch.

inspectorudy | April 24, 2023 at 1:06 pm

It looks like Trump and the msm have teamed up to go after DeSantis. As polls show, DeSantis is the best candidate to beat Biden, not from the Trump supporters but from independents and crossover Dems. Trump will get very few of either group and will end up with his base and not much more. Another recent poll shows that 70% of the public does not want Biden to run but 60% don’t want Trump to run. If we factor out the avid Trump supporters, we see that much of the country is tired of Trump and Biden and the baggage that both bring.

    Gosport in reply to inspectorudy. | April 24, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Including whole a new generation of probable non-voters who grew up observing these shit shows and want nothing to do with them.

    We can blame that on whomever we want but ignore it at our peril.