Karl Rove claims Ron DeSantis not ‘warm and fuzzy’ enough for Florida delegation’s comfort
Karl Rove. Image via AP.

Trump has secured the backing of nearly half the Florida delegation.

Even Ron DeSantis’ supporters are beginning to express concern about his lack of people skills.

The latest example of such qualms comes from Karl Rove, who reacted to Florida members of Congress breaking for Donald Trump.

“DeSantis is not a warm and fuzzy guy who calls you just to check in and (say), ‘You know, I heard you had an accident,'” Rove said on Fox News’ “America Reports.”

Rove was discussing U.S. Rep. Greg Steube’s complaint that the Governor didn’t even bother how to ask how he was after a tree-trimming mishap landed him in the intensive care unit.

Rove suggested DeSantis wouldn’t ask questions like, “What’s going on? How quickly are you going to get back on your feet? Hey, you know, I just happened to see that great comment you made on Fox News Sunday. It was really good. That was a great moment. How you doing, pal?”

“That’s not the warm and fuzzy DeSantis,” Rove said. “DeSantis says, ‘I’ve got an agenda.'”

Rove credited two senior Trump aides, including one from the Sunshine State with history in DeSantis world, for brokering the deals to get Florida members of Congress to endorse the former President.

“Let’s give credit where credit is due,” Rove said. “Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, two pros, are running the Trump campaign and they are better than anybody who’s been in there before.”

“They’re smart enough to see that a weakness for DeSantis is to show that his home state is not united behind him,” Rove added. “Traditionally, you’ve had to have a state, your home state, united behind you in order to win the nomination.”

Indeed, Trump has secured the backing of nearly half the Florida delegation.

U.S. Reps. Vern BuchananByron DonaldsMatt GaetzAnna Paulina LunaBrian MastCory MillsJohn Rutherford, Steube and Michael Waltz have all endorsed Trump, and the Trump campaign says more Florida backers are coming.

Thus far, only U.S. Rep. Laurel Lee, who DeSantis appointed to be Secretary of State in his first term, has backed the home state Governor and bucked the Trump wave.

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


  • Tallahassee Insider

    April 20, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Anybody who has actually worked with him and met him (I have) can tell you that the guy is just as big of a Grumpy A-Hole in real life as he appears.

  • Pill Mill Bill McClure

    April 20, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Lack of people skills compared to Trump? Trump insults everyone he meets eventually. I’d say all the religious whacko legislation and all the anti LGBT and attack on big business over silly culture war will have more impact on people’s decision not to vote for him. Trump is cashed anyway. If he runs again then he will lose again. Like someone all you want to but that’s not gonna win the GOP elections. People still remember the deadly riot and all the insane lies and shameless grifting.

  • Michael K

    April 20, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Warm and fuzzy, no. Cruel and vindictive, yes, with oversized helpings of bitter grievance smeared with bigotry and dripping with insecurity.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 20, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    When your Meatwad isn’t warm enough, stick it in the microwave for a spell and recheck.

  • Rob Desantos

    April 20, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Also, Ronny Dion has literally the dorkiest voice of any presidential hopeful in living memory. I never watch TV news, so I only recently heard him speak: I was surprised at how awful his speaking voice is and how badly it undercuts all his tough talk.

  • just sayin

    April 21, 2023 at 10:49 am

    As opposed to that giant ball of warmth, Donald Trump, and the slurring vegetable Joe Biden….

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