Ron DeSantis fundraising off ‘standing in Joe Biden’s way’

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DeSantis turned official remarks into a fundraising appeal.

Gov. Ron DeSantis offered fiery comments about President Joe Biden at an event in Panama City Wednesday, and by evening it was clear why.

An email from the “Friends of Ron DeSantis” political committee featured the pugnacious chief executive crowing that he’s “standing in Biden’s way.”

That phrasing was one of the hooks from DeSantis’ remarks at the Panhandle presser, and that kind of two-fisted prose permeated the seven-paragraph email.

“Joe Biden wants me to get out of the way because I refuse to yield power to the federal government and strip Floridians of their liberties. Well, I’ve got news for Joe Biden: I’m standing in your way and I’m not going anywhere,” DeSantis thundered in the email, a trimmed-down version of the speech earlier in the day.

Familiarity continued in the following paragraphs.

“Joe Biden has the nerve to tell me to get out of the way on COVID while he lets COVID-infected migrants pour over our southern border by the hundreds of thousands. No elected official is doing more to enable the transmission of COVID in America than Joe Biden with his open borders policies,” DeSantis contended.

Again, this was the CliffsNotes version of somewhat more poetic remarks earlier in the day: “You have over 100 different countries where people are pouring through. Not only are they letting them through there, they’re farming them out all across our communities across this country, putting them on planes, putting them on buses; you think they’re being worried about COVID for that? Of course not.”

The Governor did manage to show that his use of the word “blip” in the Panama City remarks was a purposeful choice, using that curious phrasing again in the fundraising appeal: “And until Joe Biden gets the border secured and this crisis under control, I do not want to hear a blip about COVID from him or his administration.”

Though a lot of the email was leftovers, DeSantis nonetheless closed with a flourish, blasting Biden and his “bureaucratic flunkies.”

“So, when Joe Biden tells me to get out the way, I’ve got news for him. I will ALWAYS stand between power-hungry tyrants and the people of Florida,” DeSantis contended.

DeSantis entered July with $44 million in his political committee, and July figures are due in the coming days. Democrats are nowhere close yet, in terms of competing with his fundraising prowess, and one suspects this email will help, especially with the Governor slated for a Fox News hit Wednesday evening.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • zhombre

    August 4, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    DeSantis is standing in Biden’s way and I am sure the Democrats will reciprocate and fundraise off DeSantis, with greater urgency if, I should say when, DeSantis is re-elected and 2024 approaches.

  • Frankie M.

    August 4, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Spare me your faux scripted outrage. Trying to make $$ off people dying in the ICU is sooooo 2020. Everything this guy does is aimed at a run for potus in ’24. How great would this state be if he put the same energy into it as he does campaigning for his next office? I haven’t seen a guy fail upwards this much since our last president.

    Also who uses the word “blip”? Biden is 102 and even he wouldn’t use that word. Who are you? Ward Cleaver?? Next thing you know he’ll try to throw a “skosh” in there…smh

    • Tom

      August 7, 2021 at 11:12 pm

      You are full of it you loser,
      You and your party of Manchurians are full of it. Don’t give me your ignorance. Your predator Governor from N Y, the one getting impeached.
      He made a cool $5 million writing book on deaths of thousands he sent to nursing homes. You have to be kidding me you loser, Fundraising Is not like writing a book and making $5 million for your own personal profit like the predator from NY. Shameful. They died at his order you fool. I’m sue your talking points will try to justify. Really bad. You and your extreme liberal orthodoxy is not safe.

  • Linda

    August 4, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    You ignorant pos. You are killing people and I can only hope you get a variant that does you in you loud mouth imbecile.

    • Tom

      August 7, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      You are just a sick human.
      Your predator Gov of NY wrote a book and made $5million on Covid. Are you kidding me. You and your Haters have the nerve to criticize this good and decent man DeSantis. You are a demon! DeSantis is a Saint!

  • Andrew Finn

    August 4, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    I wish the Emperor DeSantis would stop standing in Joe Biden’s way and go stand in a speeding train’s way !!!!!!

  • rasta

    August 5, 2021 at 8:56 am

    It all makes perfect sense. Making political contributions is not a high priority when one is sick, hospitalized or dead from Covid, so Ronnie is making hay while the sun shines. Better cash in now Ronnie, because you foolish followers, anti-masked “patriots” are going to get infected at a higher rate and won’t be writing checks then. Hopefully you are going to confession daily, “bless me Father because I have sinned….!” I am amazed that you are getting away with the gross inconsistency in declaring a state of emergency last Spring and ignoring a similar Covid emergency now, distracting with bravado about “freedom ” and bullying the President. You must have great advisors like Matt the Perv helping you with such “leadership ” – let’s hope for God’s help in having your supporters and advisors get Covid-19 sooner than later.

  • PeterH

    August 5, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Axios interviewed Dr. Fauci who stated he’s very concerned about the new Lambda variant making its first appearance in the USA among the unvaccinated. This variant is more deadly, highly contagious and will spread faster.

    Even if Americans continue at their renewed pace at vaccination it will take six months to reach herd immunity in most of the Southern states.

    The vaccine continues to be the most powerful weapon at preventing serious illness. Masks and vaccination are all we have to fight this ever spreading plague.

    Hopefully Pfizer and Moderna will have a vaccine for children under 12 in a few weeks. In the meantime educators will be policing which students have written parental permission not to wear a mask. More elementary school districts will simply violate the Governor’s failed ‘no mandate’ policies.

    Educators are in short supply and DeSantis’s politically motivated maneuvering isn’t giving leadership confidence to parents, teachers, school districts or President Biden.

    • Tom

      August 9, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      PeterH, Reading Axios is first problem and listening to Fauci is the other.
      No wander you are confused.

      • PeterH

        August 9, 2021 at 9:57 pm

        You’re problem is a lack of education! You don’t read Axios…..they’re interviews not found on Fox …. So you know nothing about their interviews and Dr. Fauci is much much smarter than any individual in Congress ….. or commenting on this web site.

        • Tom

          August 10, 2021 at 8:41 am

          Many times I’ve read Axios, like Politico and other left wing pubs as perfect fodder for Manchurian bots as yourself. You are duped by Lincoln project, which is a predator org. Spare me, as you are clueless. No one defends Fauci except extremist left wingers. His in ability to share data and specific metrics has hurt the cause. Read what you wish. Do not suggest others should. America’s Governor actually reads the sctual science. Unlike other elected.

          • PeterH

            August 10, 2021 at 6:52 pm

            DeSantis WILL NEVER be America’s Governor. He’s a useless Trump bootlicker!

            ….. your idiotic uneducated posts constantly refer to Manchurians ….. let me introduce you to a real lover of EVERYTHING Chinese:

            Jan. 22, Twitter:

            “One of the many great things about our just signed giant Trade Deal with China is that it will bring both the USA & China closer together in so many other ways. Terrific working with President Xi, a man who truly loves his country. Much more to come!”

            Donald Trump

  • Brad Turek

    August 5, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Still trying to figure out what border around our state DeSantis is talking about. De Santis is a liar, just like Trump who perpetually lied about the virus which resulted in the deaths of over 600,000 people. Trump didn’t even let people know he got vaccinated while he was pushing anti-vax disinformation. DeSantis knows masks and vaccines are necessary to stop this virus. He is just playing with his easily influenced followers to score political points by talking about “liberties” and “rights”. He should be telling the truth and mandating vaccines and masks until this virus is under control. Go back to school and study some science, Navy Boy. This virus is only going to get worse with the incompetent leadership of DeSantis.

  • GD

    August 5, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    The Dem for Governor commercials write themselves. Just do a series of DeSantis’ news conferences as he throws us all under the covid bus.
    This one in particular.

  • john robinson

    August 5, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    wish all of you the very best…vaxed and unvaxed. Love you all and respect all American rights. Freedom is what makes this country great. Cant wait for the day we dont have to worry about this. Dont let hate blind each of you we are in this together vaxed and unvaxed. Respect others views friends!

  • Sun DeLong

    August 5, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Your political comments are very bias. Seems like all the comments are Biden’s fan . I agree with DeSantis who challenges Biden that Biden take care of south border , then tell him what he is doing wrong with Covid .
    DeSantis speaks with confidence and authority. Have you seen Biden ever finish two minutes without mumbling?

  • Tom

    August 7, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you Sun.
    He actually reads the science unlike these hateful idiots above.
    Unlike the predator Governor from NY who wrote a book on Covid and made $5 million.
    He actually earned $5 million, disgusting.

  • Tom

    August 8, 2021 at 9:18 am


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