Ron DeSantis calls Joe Biden ‘doddering, quasi-senile President’
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That's part of why liberals should see DeSantis as a threat, according to the Governor.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida is leading the free world, not President Joe Biden.

Speaking during a segment on “The Guy Benson Show” on Fox News recorded Tuesday afternoon, the Governor challenged Biden’s fitness to lead and called him “out of control.”

The COVID-19 pandemic and DeSantis’ response launched him into the national spotlight, fueling his rise as a 2024 Republican contender. When asked whether Democrats nationally should view him as a threat, DeSantis said Florida has succeeded so far in its fight against the Democratic President.

“The contrast between a doddering, quasi-senile President who has to have his press team clean up his remarks after every time he opens his mouth, versus somebody like me who’s out there — I’m very direct, I mean what I say, I lead, and I get things done,” DeSantis said. “They understand that people view Florida as really being the leader of our country in many respects. We’re really leading the free world.”

Noting a lawsuit DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Tuesday morning to challenge the federal mask mandate on airplanes, the Governor said Florida has led the charge against overreach from the Biden Administration.

“I think Biden is really out of control, he’s clearly not in command of The White House and he’s expanding government in ways that I think will be dangerous,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also referred to Biden as “Brandon” multiple times during the interview, alluding to the “Let’s go, Brandon” anti-Biden slogan the Governor has embraced.

DeSantis has been scrutinized by the media for his approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although more Americans are moving on to normal life and the pandemic is no longer the main national story, the Governor said the media is still finding ways to target him.

“I do think it’s because I’m able to expose them. I’m able to show people that the emperor has no clothes and they’re not used to that,” DeSantis said. “They’re used to Republicans that will roll over for the left and I just don’t do that.”

Continued DeSantis,”I stand my ground.”

DeSantis also lodged an attack against California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in response to comments Newsom made in January, saying he takes no inspiration from DeSantis and that 40,000 additional Californians would have died if he had taken DeSantis’ approach. California has a higher percentage of excess mortality than Florida, DeSantis said, not all from COVID-19 but because of COVID-19.

“Those are lockdown deaths, absolutely,” DeSantis said. “Those are deaths that his policies have caused, driving people to despair, drug addiction, lack of opportunities.”

While Newsom called DeSantis and others like him “performance artists,” DeSantis said Newsom and others posture politically, but their actions don’t follow their words.

“You hear a lot of people like him,” DeSantis said. “How many other Governors have said the same thing he does then they end up down in Palm Beach or Miami the first chance they get?”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


35 comments

  • Covid won

    March 29, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Hes a leader at giving Covid more votes then he got

    73 000 and climbing lol

    • Zhombre

      March 29, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      You’re an idiot. Go soak your head.

      • Money

        March 29, 2022 at 9:58 pm

        Disney could shut down its park for one year and stay in California and your governor would be kissing mickeys shoes telling him the law will be gone the next day lol

        • Jerry

          March 29, 2022 at 11:16 pm

          Go ahead. Try it! Let Disney shut down its most profitable property. We will see how woke the shareholders are as they see their investment melt away so it can protest a law that won’t be repealed.
          We still have Universal and Sea World. We don’t need the greedy mouse.

          • Inmates are Running the Asylum

            March 30, 2022 at 6:31 am

            Seaworld has about 22K in employees and Universal Orlando has 27K. Disney has 77K in employees just at MK, this doesn’t count the cruise industry out of FL and other businesses.

            Careful what you wish for, it’s the working Floridians that would get hurt if Disney leaves. That’s a whole lot of district votes pissed off. “It’s the economy stupid” is the quote.

            What the law was trying to protect wasn’t a problem – no one was “grooming” K-3 graders – but its passage is creating one. Waste of tax-payer money.

          • Wham bam

            March 30, 2022 at 2:02 pm

            “Go ahead try it”

            Yeah Disney make this guys states main employer wal mart like every other red state

            It’s not like they have a shortage of parks lol

          • Sadi thimas

            March 31, 2022 at 2:09 am

            Sea world? Oh god that’s funnier then Ron falling Down a mine. California gets more visitors anyway.

    • Impeach Biden

      March 29, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      Can you give us the count of Texas and California? They are more populous than Florida and guess what more Covid deaths.

      • Its math

        March 29, 2022 at 9:55 pm

        “They are more populous then Florida”

        Covid: all you did was say I have less work in Florida lol

      • Tjb

        March 30, 2022 at 2:20 pm

        Florida has 6.5 % of the USA population and 9.2 % of the Covid deaths. Got to love DeSantis, he has given us the freedom to die maskless and unvaccinated.

        • Peter Piuper

          March 31, 2022 at 4:45 pm

          the population is older

  • Trevor H

    March 30, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Desantis is a fool. He wouldn’t even be relevant were it not for Donald Trump, another fool. Targeting gay kids and ignoring Covid deaths and illness amounts to “leading the free world?”

    OMG, does this idiot actually believe the nonsensical garbage that comes out of his mouth?

    President Joe Biden has succeeded in leading the free world’s push against Russia’s homicidal invasion of Ukraine while Desantis kept quiet, and Trump called Putin’s murderous rampage the work of a “genius”. Truly sick.

    Today’s Republican party is filled with disgusting and demented dummies.

  • Tom

    March 30, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Trevor is so ignorant along with Manchurians. What? Your lies are juvenile and ignorant.
    DeSantis is America’s Governor. DeSantis record and accomplishment is second to none.
    Targeting gay kids, big lie. How ignorant are you.
    60% of Floridians support the new law, 52% of Dems do so. You Manchurians lies fall short.

    Wah, Wah Trevor, go suck some eggs. Wah,

    • Walpurgis

      March 30, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      DeSantis is unwise to disparage doddering senility. He might have used that as an excuse for lowering Florida state flags at half staff for Rush effing Limbaugh.

  • Beth

    March 30, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Ha now Ronnie is having delusions of grandeur. He criticizes Biden a man who works all day every day for every American and our country. Meanwhile Ronnie waddles around spreading hate, ignorance, and bigotry, and suppressing women’s rights in a pursuit of money and power. DeSantis has done absolutely nothing to help Floridians or FL. He is nothing but a clown performing for donations. Ronnie belongs in a circus not anywhere near our government. The fact that he and trump loving Moody are once again wasting our money on a foolish lawsuit is an outrage. They both need to be voted out.

  • just sayin

    March 30, 2022 at 8:14 am

    He’s not wrong. Democrats, give yourselves a better option than this old man. Can you imagine him on a debate stage? LMFAO. He can’t even perform a thirty-second walkback of the taking Putin out comments without a script and cue cards. There’s no way he wins in 2024.

    • Walpurgis

      March 30, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Yeah, and not one word in fawning praise of Putin. Some nerve!

  • Margaret Evans

    March 30, 2022 at 8:34 am

    I live in Florida which was a very enjoyable experience until DeSantis was elected. He targets women, children and our LGBT community with his hatred that comes spewing out of his mouth. Yes, I have no doubt some Floridians of similar character will vote for him but those who prefer our freedom and embrace all in our community will condemn the bile he races to Fox to share with those with similar minds. Nobody else would welcome him.

  • Craig

    March 30, 2022 at 8:58 am

    There is absolutely no way you believe this… Must be trolling.

  • Robert M

    March 30, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Ron DeSantis is a sociopath and autocrat wannabe. Look these words up if you don’t know what they mean. Vote accordingly.

  • Original Jud

    March 30, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Both this guy and Donald Trump never met anybody that thinks more highly of themselves than themselves

  • Erik

    March 30, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Any response for Ron about the $300 Million lost in Public Service Pension Fund that was invested in Russia. Can he explain that?
    Let’s Go Rondon ……….

    • Maxine Sue

      March 30, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      Because it’s not a culture war issue that appeals to the red meat base, so no, he’s not interested. Also he may be another Putin lover.

  • Brian F

    March 30, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    DeSatanic needs to shut his stupid pie-hole and go away. Nobody with a brain in Florida likes him. They think of him as a mini-me Trumper with Russian pals and Dictator ambitions. All he is good for is tossing red meat nonsense out there to the brainwashed Trump Cult and hoping Trump’s cult backs him next time. Bye DeSatan! Go live in Russia with your pals!

  • Marco

    March 30, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    A potted plant is more alert the Biden. Desantis is 100% correct. AS for disney, they need to stay in their lane of make believe. Gov. Ron for President!

    • Brian F.

      March 30, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      I am sorry, but Ronny Boy has the mentality of stepped on cockroach. Everything he does or says is only for the camera’s. People that actually know him know this. He is a fraud, just like his hero the two-times impeached, disgraced and criminal liar Donald J. Trump. And the “J” stands for Juked, because anyone that buys into his or Ron DeSantis’ b.s. have been juked.

    • Maxine Sue

      March 30, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      Why don’t you just cancel Disney? Free enterprise, man.

  • richard k

    March 30, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Florida is being scammed by a classless, evil, pus-filled suit who believes that outrageous behavior counts as leadership. In a right-thinking America, this buffoon would get the three seconds of attention he deserves and crawl back under his rock. I cannot believe I wasted time on this response!

  • Brian F.

    March 30, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    I am sorry, but Ronny Boy has the mentality of stepped on cockroach. Everything he does or says is only for the camera’s. People that actually know him know this. He is a fraud, just like his hero the two-times impeached, disgraced and criminal liar Donald J. Trump. And the “J” stands for Juked, because anyone that buys into his or Ron DeSantis’ b.s. have been juked.

  • Tom

    March 30, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    I see all the mental Manchurian 5% haters are out spewing the lies.
    You have no chance. You have no candidate, no chance or opportunity.
    America’s Governor the best! Wins bigly and on to the WH and Oval Office. 40 to 60 seat house swing/flip November. Enjoy!
    Stop the stupid.

    • Walpurgis

      March 30, 2022 at 5:28 pm

      You, having demonstrated the required Liar Love, may receive special consideration. Prostrate yourself and await instruction.

  • Make America Florida Again

    March 30, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    I love DeSantis! We escaped the San Francisco nightmare of lockdowns and homeless takeover and moved to Miami, it was like night and day! I don’t think he exaggerates when he says he is leading the free world, for most of 2021 Florida was one of the only few free places in the world. I don’t want him to run for president though, because then we will lose him as governor! The only way that works for me is if Francis Suarez runs for governor, then we would have the dream team of DeSantis as president and Suarez as governor!

  • Maxine Sue

    March 30, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Yet, SOMEHOW, Mr. I-not-only-would-be-a-better-President- than-Joe-Biden, I already AM a better President than Joe Biden, can’t be bothered to disinvest Florida citizens’ money from Russian investments – which are in the toilet or heading there rapidly. Even though many other Governors have already taken those actions.

  • Michael Byrd killed a right wing terrorist slut

    March 30, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    DeSantard needs to be shot dead before he has the state defect to Russia.

  • Tom

    March 31, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    As I stated, bout 4 paragraphs above the “mental 5% hater Manchurians” have lost minds.

    You all are decrepit, mental, sick, non humans.
    The most atrocious moniker “walpurges” lays on the ground to get flogged.

    America’s Gov is a political “savior” and the real nightmare for all you 5% haters. He will wipe the political floor with all of you political haters.

    Yes, do for America what you are doing for Florida. DeSantis working 3 days- week would out perform giggles Harris and sleepy Joe.

    Walpurgis go scratch.

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