Ron DeSantis upset with ‘delusional’ Donald Trump over Florida crime claims
Donald Trump gives Ron DeSantis the cold shoulder.

'Florida's crime rate is at a 50 year low.'

Florida’s Governor is fuming over Donald Trump’s “delusional” disses of crime in the Sunshine State.

“Florida’s crime rate is at a 50-year low. That’s just a fact and it hit a 50-year low during my administration,” Ron DeSantis told Ben Shapiro Friday. “It’s hit a 50-year low while crime has been spiking in other places around the country.”

DeSantis’ assertions are a belated response to slashing Trump attacks on Truth Social months ago. The two Florida men are the top two contenders in the Republican presidential Primary field, polls show.

“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.

Trump has been directly attacking DeSantis since last fall, when it became apparent the Florida Governor was gearing up for a presidential run. DeSantis, however, has held off direct verbal confrontation with the former President who boosted his flagging gubernatorial campaign in 2018. But that all changed last week, after DeSantis officially threw his hat in the ring to run for the White House.

To Shapiro on Friday, DeSantis suggested that migration patterns proved that people understood Florida was safe.

“One of the main reasons families have moved to Florida since I’ve been Governor is because of public safety because they know we’re a law and order state. So that’s delusional to say that somehow Florida, you know, has bad crime and you can see that in the migration patterns, people are leaving high-crime areas and they’re coming here,” DeSantis told Shapiro.

Unsurprisingly, Trump had contradicted his March points in a Truth Social post the month before.

“People are fleeing from New York to Florida (and other places) because of high TAXES and out of control CRIME,” Trump asserted in February, in a post that credited Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, DeSantis’ predecessors as Governor, with the positive momentum.

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 27, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    People fled high density areas because of Covid. They relocated to places of low property values so they’d have piles of cash leftover and not have to work for a while or perhaps even never work again. That’s it. That’s all. Not sure why anyone brags about being a Covid fleeing destination. All it means are you have lower density and lower property values. It means where you’re in charge, it kind of sucks and nobody really wants to be there, so refugees went there to get away from the crowds of people.

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  • Rhonda Rhonda Rhonda

    May 27, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Florida State Gov will tell you crime is the lowest in 50 years, but the FBI Crime Data Explorer shows violent crime went up from 2019 to 2020, with 2020 being the most recent year for which data is available on the FBI Crime Data Explorer.
    Why do you lie, Rhonda? Why do you lie, when the facts are readily available for proving you’re a liar?
    Did Florida stop issuing jaywalking tickets, so the total number of offenses dropped, therefore crime is down?
    Is that your story? And you’re sticking to it, Rhonda?
    Despite your Ivy League degrees from Yarvard and Hale, you are not a very bright one, Rhonda. You might be smart for Florida, but that don’t mean you’re smart.

  • JuliaRobert

    May 27, 2023 at 3:47 pm

  • FrankieM

    May 27, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Ronnie D will tell you there hasn’t been a murder in FL since he was elected. Clearly he’s never been to Jax

    • KD

      May 28, 2023 at 8:32 am

      DeSantis doesn’t speak the truth on anything. All lies and he’s like every other crooked politician. I just hope as he travels the US that the people don’t fall for all the lies as he tauts how great FL is! Ugh! And he and his Gop LED legislative henchmen have made it that way. All he and they do are pass hate and police laws primarily for school age children and parents. Meanwhile 15% of FL population are grades K-12 so 85% aren’t! What has he or they done for the 85% of Floridians? NOTHING! Except increase costs for them and make their lives worse.

    • Jerry

      May 28, 2023 at 8:37 am

      Nor has he been to Escambia County and Pensacola. Murder is a daily occurrence here.

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  • Mark

    May 27, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    People are moving to Florida because they think because there is no state income tax they will be saving money but the reality is that Florida is not as cheap as it was ten or twenty years ago. The property taxes keep on increasing, the homeowners insurance keeps on increasing due to the threat of hurricanes and lack of insurers, rising HOA fees and we are paying the second highest auto rates in the country. If your looking to relocate here I would look into what I outlined above.

    • KD

      May 28, 2023 at 8:23 am

      Your so ture. Everything you pointed out is correct. Everything in Florida has skyrocketed. DeSantis lies on crime is a joke since every single day numerous people are shot murdered or constantly stealing cars or breaking into them. And I haven’t even touched upon the numerous political law changes that DeSantis and the GOP LEGISLATURE have passed. It’s made FL become Un democratic. The condo, home, and auto insurance rates are through the roof because the legislature did nothing about it!!! I’m originally from the north east and sorry I even moved here because of all of this. Particularly the crime and high insurance rates. Stay away!!!

  • GOP Clown Car

    May 27, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    After a long decline, Florida’s crime bottomed out in 2019. 2019 was the low point for Florida, same as everywhere thanks to Covid’s Everybody Stay Home. Crime started rising again in 2020 and has been rising ever since.
    Ron DeSantis has no clue about this because didn’t Resign to Run and is still pretending he knows and cares about Florida (beyond Florida’s paycheck to him) while he runs for, well, tbh, he is runing for the Trump spot in Trumpism. Agreed, not worth resigning, but Florida’s taxpayers are being cheated.

    • Paying Ron for Nothing

      May 28, 2023 at 9:06 am

      Florida’s taxpayers are coming out ahead with Ron’s self-exemption from Resign to Run. They’re paying him to do nothing, but that’s better than him doing more attention getters to Florida, trying to get Trump’s Fawning Fanboys (TFFs) flocking from Trump and following him on his whim.

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 27, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    Good evening America and The Donald,
    I, Earl Pitts American like The Donald, the next POTUS Ron Desantis likes The Donald.
    That being said The Donald has some advisors who are dook 4 brains leftists.
    The Donald’s inner circle has clearly been comprimized by dook 4 brains lefitsts.
    Donald now that was not our deal you are supposed to put up a “believable” fight against us.
    I, Earl Pitts American, will be sending our own people in to root out the dook 4 brains leftist(s) from your inner circle of advisors and park them down in Guantanimo until 3 months after Desantis is elected.
    Dont worry The Donald we will take care of this.
    Thank you The Donald,
    Earl Pitts “Man With The Plan” American

    • Elliott Offen

      May 27, 2023 at 8:23 pm

      He’s not gonna be president you fkn crack head.

      • Earl Pitts American

        May 27, 2023 at 9:41 pm

        Thank you Smelliott,
        Your wacky “fake” leftist slanted comments always make me, Earl Pitts American, look 100% golden to the fine readership of this fine online publication.
        Thanks again Smelliott, you’re the best, as always,
        Earl Pitts “Everybody Wants To Be Me” American

      • KD

        May 28, 2023 at 8:25 am

        So agree Elliott.

        • Earl Pitts American

          May 28, 2023 at 9:15 am

          Thank you KD for submitting your application to be my, Earl Pitts American’s, second wacky fake leftist commenter like Smelliott. My man Smelliott is doing such a great job that I dont really need a second wacky fake leftist to follow up my posts with wacky commentary designed to make me, Earl Pitts “The Nations Most Hated and Most Beloved” American look great to our beloved readers online.
          However KD you do have an impressive resume and I, Earl Pitts American, will keep your application on file.
          Thank you KD for your interest in serving me, Earl Pitts American,
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          • Elliott Offen

            May 28, 2023 at 12:38 pm

            Go away you smack head.
            Go away you crack head.
            Go away you slap head.

    • Rats Flee Sinking Ship

      May 30, 2023 at 7:52 am

      Florida attorney Michael Sasso, chosen by Mr DeSantis to be part of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District – given responsibility for Walt Disney World’s special tax district in legislation passed in February – has resigned just three months after taking the job.

      This comes with Mr DeSantis facing three new lawsuits after he signed a new law just hours before announcing his presidential campaign last week making it harder to vote in the Sunshine State.

  • Sherlock P. Mason

    May 28, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    You are handing out clues like candy, Earl: three mentions of “wacky fake leftist commenter” — and who might the wacky fake right-wing commenter be, Earl? Earl?
    You are having fun with both the left and the right, and people are falling for it, left and right.

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  • John Barron

    May 29, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Meatball Ron & Leona are the only ones who are delusional, thinking their tanking state is a good reflection on Meatball’s “leadership”. It has become a crime soaked disaster with Meatball & Leona at the helm!!!

  • Klan DeSantis

    May 30, 2023 at 6:02 am

    No crime? Hollywood mass shooting

    • Tom

      May 30, 2023 at 7:34 am

      Must be them Hollywood liberals again /s

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