Donald Trump rolls out ‘the real Ron DeSantis playbook’
Donald Trump gives Ron DeSantis the cold shoulder.

'The real DeSantis record is one of misery and despair.'

Donald Trump addressed Lee County Republicans Friday night, a speech prefaced by new campaign email critical of Ron DeSantis.

“The Real Ron DeSantis Playbook” depicts the “complete and total delinquency and destruction” that allegedly is Florida under the current Governor’s watch.

“The real DeSantis record is one of misery and despair. He has left a wake of destruction all across Florida and people are hurting because he has spent more time playing public relations games instead of actually doing the hard work needed to improve the lives of the people he represents,” said Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung.

The email offers a litany of assertions, including that Florida is “one of the least affordable states” in the country.

“The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that a Floridian making $10 an hour must work 86 hours per week just to afford rent on a modest single-bedroom home in Florida,” the Trump campaign asserted.

The release also spotlighted rising home prices, contending three of the 16 most unaffordable metros in the country are in the state (Orlando, Miami and Tampa).

“Florida is now the fourth-most expensive state in the country for health care, and has the highest annual car insurance premiums in the nation,” the Trump campaign said.

The statement then shifted gears to recent gas shortages in South Florida.

“While nearly half of the gas stations in Miami and Fort Lauderdale are without fuel, those Floridians lucky enough to find a gas station with fuel will be paying a stiff premium. Florida ranks in the 10 most expensive states in the continental United States for fuel prices, and in 2023, Florida imposed a new hike on fuel purchases,” the Trump camp wrote.

“Under Ron DeSantis, Florida has become one of the worst states” in many areas and for many cohorts, per the Trump campaign.

Trump has offered criticisms of Florida before, of course.

“In Education, Florida ranks among the worst in the Country and on crime statistics, Florida ranked Third Worst in Murder, Third Worst in Rape, and Third Worst in Aggravated Assault. For 2022, Jacksonville was ranked as one of the Top 25 Major Crime Cities in the Country, with Tampa and Orlando not doing much better,” Trump contended on Truth Social.

“On Education, Florida ranks #39 in Health & Safety in the Country, #50 in Affordability, and #30 in Education & Childcare, HARDLY GREATNESS THERE! The fact is, Ron is an average Governor, but the best by far in the Country in one category, Public Relations, where he easily ranks Number One — But it is all a Mirage, just look at the facts and figures, they don’t lie — And we don’t want Ron as our President!”

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


  • Donald J Trump

    April 21, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Vote for me. I’ll protect LGBT and abortion in Florida. I’ll send in the military if I have to.

  • Bobbie Turner

    April 21, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Then why would Trump still want a home and businesses in Florida? Anything for votes-right?

  • Jeffrey J Ward

    April 24, 2023 at 8:56 am

    I am a retired Florida lawyer living in Palm Beach County and receive close to the maximum social security benefit. If I were to rent any decent one bedroom apartment, it would take more than all of my social security benefit.

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