RINO Ron? Gov. DeSantis tells critics to ‘open their eyes’

Will DeSantis' Newsmax interview silence critics like Donald Trump?

Is “America’s Governor” really a RINO member of the establishment? Some critics, including former President Donald Trump, make that claim.

On Thursday night, Ron DeSantis emphatically made the case to Eric Bolling of Newsmax that rumors of his RINO-ness were misplaced at best, pointing to his record as Florida Governor as proof.

“I mean, all people have to do is just open their eyes. There hasn’t been a bolder governor in the country,” DeSantis contended, before revisiting familiar talking points and well-trafficked feuds and story arcs.

“I mean, who was taking on the establishment during COVID? Me. Everything we did in Florida from April of 2020 to the present I did against people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the corporate media, a lot of the other entrenched bureaucracies and we made sure that the state was able to thrive,” DeSantis said. “I was pilloried for those decisions at the time. But now you look and see how well we have done.

“We also last year had a bill to make sure we were protecting the rights of parents to be able to send their kids to school without having things like gender ideology shoved down their throats,” DeSantis recounted. “You should not be telling a kid in school that they may have been born in the wrong body.”

He then offered another retelling of the spat with one of the state’s most prominent companies.

“Well, some people didn’t like that, including the strongest, most powerful corporation in the history of Florida, Walt Disney. And so they came out against it, tried to kill the bill, tried to get me to veto it. I rejected that and signed the bill,” DeSantis said.

“So, we basically reoriented the state, we realigned the state and I don’t think there’s any significant issue that we’ve not only gotten ahead of, not only taken on but the important thing is, you know, we’re winning on these issues and we’re delivering huge victories.”

Huge victories notwithstanding, likely 2024 opponent Donald Trump continues almost daily to deride DeSantis as a RINO and “controlled opposition.” Trump said as much as recently as Thursday afternoon.

“Ron’s Poll Numbers are ‘crashing’ at a record pace, he is being abandoned by his most ‘loyal’ people, and I’m sure he’s planning to ask for all of his money back from his Establishment RINO Advisors who are good at one thing, sucking the piggy bank dry!”

Trump took to his Truth Social account Feb. 1 to whack DeSantis as a “RINO GLOBALIST, who closed quickly down Florida and even its beaches. Loved the Vaccines and wasted big money on ‘Testing.’ How quickly people forget!”

It’s doubtful DeSantis’ response on Newsmax response will silence Trump, but is more likely to spur more invective on social media.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Tropical

    March 23, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    RINO? Desantis?
    He’s a perfect fit for the GOP in the 21st Century.
    Dangerous, mean, selfish, no compassion. That’s him, 100%.

    • Forgot one

      March 25, 2023 at 1:23 am

      And when he dies everyone will use his
      Grave as a bathroom.
      Like they do with rush Limbaugh right now lol

  • PeterH

    March 24, 2023 at 12:19 am

    Well said! Without intervention Florida will mimic Alabama and Mississippi in ten years time!

    • Linwood Wright

      March 24, 2023 at 12:49 am

      Florida is going to see a huge brain drain in the next decade.

      • KwkRoss

        March 24, 2023 at 3:47 am

        There are no ‘Brains’ in Florida..

      • William Martin

        March 24, 2023 at 7:04 pm

        OH YES. There just might be a brain drain–but it’ll be a dead brain drain. We’ll love to see it. Cali and NYC beckon!

    • William Martin

      March 24, 2023 at 7:09 pm

      What “intervervention” are you talking about junior? We want to see our state allied with the great folks of BAMA and the Mississippi. Go talking your laxatives…

      • Mirror

        March 25, 2023 at 1:25 am

        The only thing great about talibama is seeing it in the rear view lol

  • M. Mouse

    March 24, 2023 at 11:40 am

    DeSantis: “I mean, all people have to do is just open their eyes.” Whoa there, Ron! Sounds like you want people to be Woke! Eyes open, that’s the last thing you want, you dirty little rat you.

    • Earl Pitts American

      March 24, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      Good afternoon M.Mouse,
      Just a quick reminder as your father Steamboat Willie’s bestest ever friend me and your lovely wife Minnie are still keeping a 24/7 watch on you. If you get near Hunter Biden or Andrew Gillum this weekend for any of your drug fueled man on man parties we are going to totally bust your chops. We have implanted gps units in your dental work and can track you to the ends of the planet by satalite. If you get within 500 feet of a park or a playground where there are childern we will swoop in and detain you.
      I’m working for Minnie now its what your Dad Steamboat Willie would want for your own good.
      Thank you M.Mouse,
      Earl Pitts American

  • Running Out of Popcorn

    March 25, 2023 at 8:22 am

    Love to see Trump having the stamina to finish off the Republican Party. It was clear all along that once they got into bed with him, this would be the outcome. Another fabulously successful Trump bankruptcy! Everything he touches turns into gold plated turds. It’s taking a little longer than we hoped it would, but the next 8-12 years will pay out the positive dividends of having suffered through the horrible MAGA timeline. Keep up the good work of reporting out every little facet of the action between these two. I’m off to the store for more popcorn.

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