Pam Bondi doubts Ron DeSantis is a threat to Donald Trump

'We're going to have a huge, huge field of candidates.'

While many members of Florida’s current state leadership have lined up behind Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid, former Sunshine State elected officials are a different story.

Former Attorney General Pam Bondi is expressing doubts that Florida’s Governor has what it takes to capsize Donald Trump, noting that the former President has a record to run on, and that the field will continue to fill up with other Trump alternatives likely to splinter DeSantis’ support.

“Well, no,” she said when asked on Newsmax if DeSantis could close the gap, adding that she thinks “more and more people are going to get in the race.”

“And you know, as President Trump says, a lot of them are good people. You’ve got Tim Scott,” Bondi said. “I think Chris Christie is going to enter the race today. I think Mike Pence may enter the race tomorrow. We’ve got Nikki Haley in the race. We’re going to have a huge, huge field of candidates.”

Bondi then pivoted to arguing Trump’s strength is that he was President before.

“Our country is in such a mess right now,” Bondi said, “and Donald Trump is the one who, his resume is what he did for four years while in office. Think about the state our country is in.”

“This is so unprecedented in our world that he can say, ‘hey, I did this, I made America great again. Then look what happened when I was not in office for four years and look what I can do on Day 1.’ Really starting again when he’s back in the White House. There is a record for Donald Trump to talk about as President.”

In the same interview, Bondi also did damage control for Trump’s canceled rally in Des Moines, an event scuttled because of a tornado watch but that, as it turned out, would have had acceptable weather for the show to go on.

“Yeah, he was so upset about that. He was about ready to get on the plane and go there and he had to cancel it,” Bondi said.

The event came on the same day DeSantis was in Iowa, who capped off his Hawkeye State swing with a visit to a restaurant near the cancelled Trump event.

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


  • Reid Friedson, PhD

    June 1, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Evidence demonstrates both Bondi and DeSantis should be indicted for their actions while part of the greedy and corrupt Trump Ring of Florida.

    • Russell G.

      June 2, 2023 at 6:28 am

      And, that evidence is?
      Mostly in your mind or the mind of your cultural Marxist pals?

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 1, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    This article is not based on anything but the perverse desire of leftys to bash Desantis because they know they can beat the pants off Trump again just like the last election.
    I, Earl Pitts American, just got off the phone with Pam and she jumped at my offer of VPOTUS on the Desantis/Bondy 2024 tickit for the win.
    We were bouncing some theme catch pharses off the wall to see what would resonate best with the American voters.
    So far our top idea is Ron and The MiIF.
    If any members of the Earl Pitts American Fan Club would like to comment on how much you adore our most excellant campaign theme catch phrase you have been givin permission to do so by your leader, Earl Pitts American. Try to space your loving comentary out so we dont crash our benelovant hosts website.
    Thank you America
    Earl Pitts “Political King and Queen Maker” American

  • ScienceBLVR

    June 1, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Bondi… always be nothing more than a doggone dog thief to me. And to think someone who stole and refused to return a dog to a family displaced by Katrina until forced to by lawsuit was actually AG of Florida! I guess dissing on DeDumbo might earn her a few points, but you don’t come back from dog napping in my world. Unforgivable!

    • Biscuit

      June 2, 2023 at 12:34 pm

      Pam Bondi. Bad human. Steal dog. Grrrrrrrr
      Even worse, sniffs Trump’s butt on command. Phew! Grrrrrr.

  • Tom

    June 1, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Sounds like the tide’s gone out at Bondi Bleach and the crabs are on the rocks although I’m sure crabs are nothing new to trumpy.

  • John Barron

    June 1, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    Pam Bindi is one of the dumbest AGs ont eh country, but in this case she’s spot on. Meatball and Leona pose NO THREAT to Trump!!!

  • tom palmer

    June 1, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    She is less of a DeSantis party hack than Ashley Moody if that’s possible.

  • University of North Florida

    June 2, 2023 at 6:15 am

    He’s a threat to Florida collecting a paycheck while campaigning and using his constituents as campaign props. Worst possible choice!

  • Leonard

    June 2, 2023 at 7:30 am

    Yes…Trump has a record to run on…and so does DeSantis. Who really cares what Bondi thinks (..using the term loosely). Remember when she convinced the Governor and Cabinet to travel to the Bahamas for her wedding…except…no wedding ever took place? Why did that story just go away?? How much did that cost the taxpayers of Florida? Did anyone ever cross check her contributors list to the outside counsel contracts she handed out?? Journalism is dead. It is early…very early to be concluding that DeSantis can’t beat Trump. Recall that Ted Cruz beat Trump in Iowa. If DeSantis can beat Trump in Iowa or New Hampshire AND the rest of the field drops out after SC in could be a real race. Trump will always have his 32% base….but the remaining 68% of R voters is very much up for grabs.

    • Earl Pitts American

      June 2, 2023 at 4:58 pm

      Lenny its time for you to stop bashing my, Earl Pitts Americans, favorite Political MiIF.
      Lenny I, Earl Pitts American, just called your Mom and she’s on the way down to the basement to wash your nasty mouth out with soap.
      And Lenny put on some pants.
      Thank you Lenny,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Leonard

        June 2, 2023 at 7:57 pm

        Earl…you are neither funny….nor a good judge of character. My mom died many years ago….I don’t have a basement…and unlike you…I wear pants when I’m on my computer.

  • Lex

    June 2, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Pam, please try to reign in Mr. Trump. Desantis is a great governor. It is not wrong for Desantis to run in this primary. Had Trump won the last election, Desantis would have been wanting to run in an election that Mr. Trump could not run because of term limits. Mr. Trump was a good president, but he does not need to scorch earth other good Republicans in a primary.

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