Ron DeSantis enters impeachment fray, raising money to ‘protect’ Donald Trump

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The Governor is encouraging donations to the newly launched Presidential Protection Fund.

Add Gov. Ron DeSantis to this list of Republicans raising money off impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The Republican Party of Florida sent out fresh fundraising email blasts with a message from the Governor.

“When I served in Congress, I fought back against the Democrats’ witch hunts every single day,” DeSantis wrote. “I REFUSED to let them overturn the 2016 election and erase your vote from history.”

Indeed, during DeSantis’ time as a member of the U.S. House, he became a regular guest on Fox News often defending Trump from criticism. Many political observers figured that loomed large in Trump’s decision to endorse DeSantis over establishment favorite Adam Putnam in 2018’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

That endorsement in turn seemed to raise DeSantis from obscurity to the nomination.

DeSantis later won the Governor’s Mansion by a historically close margin following two Trump rallies in Florida in the final days of the mid-term cycle.

Since then, DeSantis has developed a reputation for championing bipartisan causes. But the very partisan divide in Washington brought the Governor into the fray to defend the President.

“Now that Democrats are officially moving to impeach our duly elected president, my duty to protect him isn’t over,” DeSantis wrote in the fundraising mailer.

“As Governor of Florida, I want the President to know that we have his back in this fight 100%.”

He then encouraged donations to the newly launched Presidential Protection Fund.

Another Republican Party of Florida mailer said DeSantis is “issuing the Presidential Protection Fund to fight back against this disgusting attempt to impeach President Donald J. Trump.”

Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry after a complaint was filed by an intelligence officer, who alleges Trump asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

In the fundraising email, DeSantis said Democrats are trying to impeach Trump to avoid an election, saying they are “scared to death that the American people will support President Donald Trump in 2020.” He added, “They should be scared, because with your help, We The People will end this impeachment inquiry and stand with him again in 2020 — and our great state of Florida will play the leading role in delivering that victory.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


46 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 26, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Governor DeSantis you are a damn traitor!!! You are enabling a damn traitor. Resign as Governor! You are not a good and decent man. Resign. Traitor!

    • Linda Clark

      September 27, 2019 at 12:29 am

      I agree 100% he’s as bad as the dump!! I would never have voted for either of them!! IMPEACH AND LOCK HIM UP!!!

    • DA Leonard

      September 27, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      It is not alleged! Trump admitted it as did the President Zelensky! Wake up Trump is a scoundrel who has no morals!

  • DumpTrump2020

    September 26, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Well, this is where DeSantis and I part ways. Anyone who now supports and enables Trump is just another ‘goombah’ in the low-life Trump ‘crime family’.
    The RNC should be ashamed of itself for allowing somebody like Trump to become a candidate for the presidency … and the Republicans in the House and Senate (ESPECIALLY the Senate and ESPECIALLY Mitch McConnell) should simply resign their positions and beg for forgiveness from the American public.

  • Paula

    September 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    So sad. I half thought our gov was okay. Silly me.

  • Michael

    September 26, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    DeSantis – like Trump – cheated to get elected. Birds of a feather.

  • Bob Nelson

    September 26, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I’ll speak for the minority of readers here and say “way to go Ron”. The Governor and the President are awesome people. Stop being supportive of the bureaucracy and big government that suck out tax dollars down the drain.

    • Linda Clark

      September 27, 2019 at 12:30 am

      You must be on drugs dude!!!

      • Roseann pruett

        September 29, 2019 at 12:54 am

        Adderall🤣🤣🤣

    • Marg Chauvin

      September 27, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Mr. Nelson, please read the detailed whistleblower report and the “summary” of President Trump’s July 26th phone call. Then can you in all truth say these documents exonerate Trump and his team of any cover up of campaign interference?

      It is obvious Trump is requesting an investigation be conducted and the results given to his personal lawyer for personal use. This is totally inappropriate for the President of the USA.

      If the President in question was Barak Obama would you be so quick to defend him? Be honest…our democracy is at stake.
      Thank you.

    • Eddie

      September 27, 2019 at 9:59 am

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      You mean like how Dump and his administration are doing?

    • Pat Benson

      September 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

      I do agree

    • RC

      September 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      To hell with THE LAW then huh?

      You’re pathetic, and a damn traitor just like the orange shitpile and all his sycophants.

    • Jen Pfeifer

      September 29, 2019 at 3:52 am

      We’re underground –but right here! Watching,.. observing, listening.. and analysing,and what do we conclude each time??? They are so consumed with bias…. with
      Negativity, Hatred, easy to sway minds through emotion or really don’t stand for anything weak, ah the best for last…I say, baring false witness and ignoring the truth won’t bring you Joy!!! Ask a Cuban who fled communist take-over of a peaceful people and lost more than anyone could imagine! I stand with,,next to and behind our president, I get what’s going on, all the drama, the left is pallywood. Nobody’s Fool 💀 by Cinderella
      https://youtu.be/_U_j6vr21sY

  • Edward Harrison

    September 27, 2019 at 4:33 am

    What a disappointment Florida’s Governor has been. He had such a low bar to follow. The town drunk would look good after 8 years of Prick Scott. Yet, he has failed to cross even that low bar. Gov DeSantis should resign. He knows he cheated to get into that office to begin with. Floridians demand he resign now.

    • Sue

      September 27, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Rick Scott, Rick DeSantis…WHY do the majority of people in Florida keep electing people like this???? PAY ATTENTION!

      • Lori Lovison

        September 28, 2019 at 6:32 am

        It’s sad Sue, but there are many people, that keep voting against their best interests. Namely the Repukelicans. Dump is scheduled to come to The Villages this coming Thursday to a “private” event. The fellow Villagers are some of the biggest Trump supporting idiots out there, and guess what, they would give their life savings to come see this clown. It’s absolutely mind boggling!

  • Bib

    September 27, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I thought you were maybe turn out ok and now I see your true colors! Go back to your job and let trump crumble under the weight of all his crimes. By helping an obvious criminal you are aiding and abetting someone trying to destroy our country and our constitution! Turns out you’re no better than he is

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    September 27, 2019 at 8:28 am

    DeSantis’s “true colors” were on display in his TV ads last November, the candidate showing his children how to build a WALL out of blocks and his infant daughter in a MAGA shirt.

  • Michael

    September 27, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I see most of the people here watch too much MSNBC and CNN. Way to go Bob!

    • Sally

      September 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      I knew this. Is what we’d get when trump indorsed him.Always vote blue.

    • Leigh

      September 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      I watch neither and yet I still understand the corrupt Trump regime must be thrown out. DeSantis is enabling treason and we are watching.

    • jeff Deitz

      September 27, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Yep

      • jeff Deitz

        September 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm

        My comment was replied on Michaels not Leigh who the hell runs this site , just like taking a vote away ha ha

  • Arnold Cabral

    September 27, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Can President Donald Trump raise Veteran Health Care Budget

  • Robert Miller

    September 27, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I have had nothing but disgust with governor desantis for several months now. And it has nothing to do with trump. As far as I am concerned governor desantis has been an enemy of Floridians since he tried to limit our rights to make changes to our constitution. And tried to block changes we have already voted on and approved. And the last straw was with has statement about recreation marijuana “NOT WHILE I AM GOVERNOR” the will of the voters should be carried out no matter what a politician personal opinion is. but as for trump goes. So what he asked a foreign leader to look into reopening a corruption investigation that a former politician forcibly shut down using extortion on a foreign government especially since there could be a conflict of interest due to his son being on the board of said company being investigated. And at the same the Democrats dissect every aspect of trump and his family life and business dealings many years before his presidency and was calling for impeachment before he even took office. So there could be a high crime and treason aspect to the drama unfolding but I think it Biden’s actions not trump’s

  • Alicia

    September 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you Mr. DeSantis for helping Our President. I remember six years ago all my friends lost their homes, jobs, and savings. Thanks to our President they have new homes, new jobs, and money in the bank. I understand that democrats want to take us back to that place, and they are mad, very mad. They have no love for America or Americans. They have done nothing for the American people. Shame on all of them.

  • jeff Deitz

    September 27, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Well I’m a registered in Democratic Party and both you and Mr. Trump have my vote and from what I hear from the people around me theres a lot more than just me.

  • Robert Miller

    September 27, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Marg, I will answer the questions you have asked mr. Nelson I did read the whistle blowers report of second hand info and the transcript of the july 25 phone call. And your point is? And as far as using Rudolph Giuliani. If you wanted to find out the truth of what a high powered politician could be covering up would you go through the normal channels? I think not. And you asked if it was president Obama instead of trump. I honestly would have the same stance as I do now. Corruption is what trump was looking into. And if Biden’s conscience is clear his panties would have not got all up in a bunch over the investigation being reopened. And former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would still be hiding underneath the rock she crawled after getting beat by trump. But now she she back and still crying trump stole my election. And now you answer honestly if it was Obama or Biden on the july 25 phone call would you still be calling for impeachment?

    • Lori Lovison

      September 28, 2019 at 6:36 am

      Robert, the answer to your last question, Obama or Biden would never have been part of a phone call to shake down the president of another foreign country.

      • Robert Miller

        September 28, 2019 at 8:26 am

        Lori, I guess you are right about that. Biden conduits his extortion in person.

    • Marg Chauvin

      September 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      Robert,

      My point is…the partial, rough draft of the phone conversation isn’t normal diplomacy and smacks of a shakedown. Can this be proven? I am not a lawyer so I don’t know but the conversation and subsequent cover up actions by the administration was sufficient to alarm multiple government professionals and result in a whistleblower report which will probably ruin the person’s life.

      I support an inquiry into any situation that attracts enough attention to merit a detailed and verifiable whistleblower report. If Joseph Biden or any elected official has a valid accusal of a crime or corruption then it should be investigated. The person in question should suffer the consequences but to date no investigation has unearthed any improprieties by Mr. Biden.

      You asked about Mr Guiliani’s involvement, I’m not certain it is legal as he is not working in an official capacity. Anyway, why not use the CIA? We have a trained investigation force for this purpose.

      Lastly, please keep your conversations civil, your hostility towards Hillary Clinton shows in your statement about crawling underneath a rock. As for who won the election in 2016, we abide by the electoral college at the moment and not the popular vote. You are the one who questions the validity of the situation not me.

    • Nina C.

      September 29, 2019 at 8:11 am

      The transcript of the call released by the White House alone is enough to impeach him because it clearly shows he was asking for foreign interference in the upcoming election, which is a crime.

      To your question, if Obama had done this same thing then yes I would feel the same way.

      Let me turn this around on you, then: if Obama has done this, wouldn’t you be asking for his impeachment?

      This isn’t a partisan issue. A crime is a crime.

      There’s a lot more to this than just that one transcript, and all that will come out. A number of additional people are coming forward. But you should be able to see just from the transcript that he needs to go.

  • John Frawley

    September 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Great idea from Florida’s great governor. The lunacy of the Radical Left must be opposed. Socialism / Communism has failed everywhere it has been tried.

    President Trump is the last best hope our country has from being taken over and dragged into ruin by the Democrat Leadership.

    • Jim

      September 28, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Without a doubt some of the most comfortably numb people I’ve ever seen. Biden actually shook down the Ukraine Government and bragged about it. There is no doubt in my mind that most of the comments on this site are coming from people that use government assistance as their main source of income. Now go ahead and tell me I’m wrong and you are all actually millionaires. MAGA

      • Robert Miller

        September 28, 2019 at 9:29 am

        Jim I agree 100% about the Biden Shakedown. But I do not think calling anyone of these good people that doesn’t agree with your views a leech on society. I have received temporary disability at one time got myself better and could not wait to get back to work. And now I’m not a millionaire but I make a good living for me and my family and it’s been getting better in the Trump era economy. I think it is that everyone here is brainwashed to think that corruption started in politics with Trump.

      • Richard Kalvert

        September 29, 2019 at 8:19 am

        Biden did no such thing, and you or Fox or OAN repeating that lie over and over will not ever make it the truth.

        None of this has any bearing on what Trump did in asking a foreign government to dig up dirt on one of his political enemies. You guys are happy to see Trump rip up the Constitution and endanger the country just so you can stick it to the libs. There is something seriously wrong with you and people who think like this, and even deign to call themselves patriots instead of the traitors they are.

    • Dan-o

      September 30, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Everywhere it has been tried?

      First of all, please try to be informed about Communism verses Socialism. Communist = North Korea. Democratic Socialism (one flavor of Socialism) = Sweden, Germany, France, Finland, Norway, Canada, etc.

      Would you equate life in Sweden the same as life in North Korea? Sad, but true, ignorance is bliss for some folks. A lot of Americans are completely ignorant of this fact. Or, their world is the USA, also sad.

  • Lori Lovison

    September 28, 2019 at 6:28 am

    The entire Repukelican Party will stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it means violating the constitution or the law. Here’s the thing, the truth about the conversation with the Ukrainian president as well all as all the other treasonous shit that has transpired since the inception of this joke presidency.

  • Sherrie

    September 28, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Trump showed that he was a traitor to the US on the Helsinki stage wen he kissed Putins behind on National TV. He dissed our intelligence community. Anyone who supported him after that, are either complisent, racist, stupid, or they themselves are traitors to the US. DEsantis is nothing more then Trumps pawn. How in the world can they convince regular people who earn a living to send them their hard yearned money? Why are they sending money to millionaires? Lastly, it is crystal clear that trump is guilty of withholding money to the Ukraine for a favor. The rabid fan base can stick their collective fingers in their ears and hum, but this is not going away. It’s in writing. Fox News can deny , deny deny, but it’s hard to fight against the truth, especially when it’s on tape, and in writing. I hope that trump and his cronies go to jail where they belong, for the crime of being a traitor to the greatest country on this planet.

    • Robert Miller

      September 28, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Jim, My bad. I think that you were probably right at least about Sherrie here probably a mother of four with five fathers paying child support. Collecting welfare, foodstamps, and still wanting more from the government because she can not go two weeks without getting her nails done or can’t go out to make child # five. And if being an self righteous idiot that thinks everyone else is responsible for all their problems and everyone else with a different view is a race no matter their color. Then yes I am most definitely a racist I am the mother f-ing grand wizard baby. So our president talked with other foreign president in a calm and peaceful tone. I think that is what they foreign relations. I guess you think it would be better for him threatened and publicly disrespect another country’s president. And you wanted to talk about giving money to millionaires look no further than the Clinton foundation. You know the not so not for profit organization that pays all three Clintons over a million dollars a year each. Biden probably showed them how to set it up. And if you are so against corruption and think Biden is so innocent then there should not be any problem with a country reopening a investigation that was self admittedly stopped by the second highest ranking official in the u.s. at the time by extorting a billion dollars from said country. Especially since there could obviously be alternative motives to doing so. I personally would like to know the truth.

      • Marg Chauvin

        September 28, 2019 at 10:29 pm

        Mr Miller,

        Please be courteous, I see no basis for your attack on Sherrie. Your portrayal may be a figment of your imagination but in any case it is slanderous to the good name of Sherrie.

        Please remember, it takes two people to conceive a child and the process is much easier for a deadbeat male than the female left to birth and raise the child.

      • Edward Fleming

        September 29, 2019 at 8:26 am

        You think because he committed a serious Constitutional crime in a “calm and peaceful tone” he should get a pass?

        This is what the Trump kool-ade delusion looks like, folks.

  • Martha

    September 28, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I resent Governor DeSantis speaking for me. Let the judicial process of OUR democracy play out and allow the citizens of this country to make an independent decision. I’m a registered independent and proud of it.

  • Robert Miller

    September 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Even if trumps motivation was only political in attempting to get a country to reopen an investigation that another former high powered political opponent stopped from happening and interfered with said country officials to completing. Trump broken No laws. Possibly morally wrong but not illegal. But I am still not convinced that it was purely political. If I was In trump’s position being accused Russian collusion and other crimes against my country. And the same political opponents trying to kick me out of office before I even officially took office. I would think they are trying to hide their own transgressions.I would not go through the regular channels of the CIA either. And your head is up your A** if you think the CIA is free of corruption. Hell if you look at history the C in CIA should stand for Corruption or at the very least Cover up. And Biden actions as vice president interfering in a investigation that could be involving his own son whether or not involvement was clear. Biden should have recused himself and let the EU handle it. But he did not he went in and extorted a billion dollars from a country to interfere a investigation. Corruption runs rampant in both political parties and have been well before trump even thought about running for office.
    And very well COULD BE the reason why a couple months ago Obama said to Biden that “you do not have to do this” meaning running for president. Could it have meant that? Hey we have a lot of skeletons buried are you sure you want to give a reason for someone to dig. I agree that is a stretch. But not impossible. Hell I am not even a Republican and share more view with Democrats then Republicans except on gun control, immigration (open borders) and their socialist agenda.

  • Robert Miller

    September 29, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Just a fact. Though out America’s history even from the start before our constitution. Traitors and Patriots were decided by who came out on top and who was perceived to be on the side of righteous. By those who will eventually write history. In my opinion that will be trump as the patriot he is. And the traitors will be the ones trying to impeach him for more then eight years because they can not except the American peoples vote for a nonbureaucrat. But time will tell. By the way Marg, it is libel not slander. Since Sherrie thinks everyone stupid. Don’t tell her I know the difference between the two.

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