Liberal group spotlights burgeoning battle between Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis over COVID-19
Image via AP.

desantis trump
'Let’s see how that plays out for him in 2024.'

A liberal group is highlighting a schism between two prominent Republicans who may be running for President in 2024, with COVID-19 central to the divide. And a spokesperson notes it may be decision time for one of them soon.

“Soon, Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to have to make a decision — fully kiss the ring, or separate himself and infuriate Donald Trump even further,” said American Bridge 21st Century spokesperson Alexandra De Luca. “It seems like he’s choosing the latter. Let’s see how that plays out for him in 2024.”

American Bridge cited an interview with DeSantis on the Ruthless Podcast, where the Governor said he wished he had been “louder” in critiques of Donald Trump in 2020.

“What could you do, you know, earlier? I think like, when COVID was first coming, we were actually engaged in it. I was telling Trump, ‘Stop the flights from China,’ because we didn’t know what we were dealing with. But, you know, I never thought in February, early March, that it would lead to locking down the country. I just didn’t. I didn’t think that was on the radar,” DeSantis said.

“I was dealing with, I mean, I had (Vice President Mike) Pence and the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) director down in Port Everglades talking about cruise ships the second week of March. And no one was talking about shutting down the country. And I think knowing now what I knew then, if that was a threat earlier, I would’ve been much louder about, you know, trying to say, ‘This is not,'” DeSantis added before cutting off abruptly and swapping to criticism of Anthony Fauci.

The email speculates on a number of pressure points in the “fractured relationship” between DeSantis and Trump, including the Governor’s cooperation with President Joe Biden after the Surfside tragedy last year and the teased gubernatorial campaign of Trump acolyte Roger Stone.

But the recent report of tensions came after a Trump interview on One America News Network seemed to call out the Governor.

Trump, purportedly “seething” because DeSantis won’t rule out running for President, suggested earlier this week that politicians like the Governor who refuse to say whether they have gotten the booster vaccine are “gutless.”

DeSantis was asked about a potential 2024 campaign and about the dynamic with Trump during the same podcast interview, meanwhile, and he kept his comments vague.

“Don’t take the bait, and just kind of keep on keeping on,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • Tom

    January 14, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Another meaningless story, conducted by haters of America’s Governor. How many can F P run in a 48 hr span? My gosh.

    DeSantis is his own man. Trump is yesterday’s news. America’s Governor represents the new GOP, the best!

    Reply

  • Tom

    January 14, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I listened to the ruthless” interview, it was outstanding. Governor Ron wide open. Great discussion, well done. Compliments!
    On to victory!

    Reply

  • Ron Ogden

    January 15, 2022 at 10:50 am

    American Bridge ought to focus on figuring out who it’s going to back in 2024 and how it is going to explain the disaster of the Biden presidency. Maybe FLAPOL should ask it that, rather than merely regurgitating its latest anti-DeSantis burp.

    Reply

  • Alex

    January 15, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    It would be totally cool to have them split the GQP into two traitorous factions.

    Reply

  • just a comment

    January 16, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    this virus is like a stump thing it sidetracks the reality of the everchanging environment.. yea yea freedom to d dead

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Ron Brackett, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories