The recent criticism of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by former President Donald Trump has been met with mixed responses, but one thing is certain: Trump is right on the money. Despite claiming to be a Republican, it’s becoming increasingly clear that DeSantis’ policies line up more closely with those of Democrats and globalists than true conservatives. The evidence is overwhelming and he should no longer be regarded as a GOP standard-bearer.
While many are still smarting from Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential race, his attacks against DeSantis have some merit. In particular, DeSantis has shown himself to be an enemy of America First principles – working to push through corporate-friendly trade deals like the USMCA and looking the other way when it comes to illegal immigration in his state. Further, he has come under fire for appointing controversial political figures such as former Jeb Bush advisor Trey Traviesa and Karl Rove lackey Paul Bradshaw to key positions.
What makes this even worse is that Trump supported DeSantis during his 2018 gubernatorial race only for him to turn around and stab him in the back once he took office. This alone should have been enough for conservatives to understand that he was not worthy of their trust or allegiance. As if to punctuate this point, Trump recently labeled DeSantis “Ron Desanctimonious” – a play on the words “righteous” and “disingenuous.”
Trump’s comments also carry extra weight coming so soon after former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced she would not run against him in 2024 if he decides to do so – obliquely suggesting her own presidential ambitions instead. It is telling that despite knowing how powerful her support could become in an increasingly fractured GOP, Haley was willing to openly criticize DeSantis’ record and rhetoric during their time leading their respective states.
Understandably some may view Trump’s public admonishment of DeSantis as nothing more than sour grapes over losing his re-election bid; however, this issue extends far beyond any single race or candidate – it speaks directly to the core beliefs we hold as Republicans. For too long we’ve allowed ourselves to be led astray by those who claim Republican values while actually working against our interests at every turn. Until we draw a line in the sand on issues like free trade and illegal immigration (among others) we will never have a cognizable party platform nor will we attract new voters necessary for success at any level of politics.
Donald Trump’s critique of Ron DeSantis hits home these points perfectly – which is why it’s absolutely righteous and justified. He understood what was happening before most others did, calling out someone who appears ready to serve corporate interests over those of everyday Americans; something no true conservative or patriot should stand for. Going forward, hopefully, more Republicans stop treating blind loyalty as an acceptable replacement for meaningful policy debate – lest they find themselves facing similar wrath from President Trump in due course.