Donald Trump campaign highlights Ron DeSantis’ supportive statement after latest indictment

Amid a brutal primary fight, DeSantis throws Trump an apparently appreciated rhetorical lifeline.

Despite the brutal back-and-forth between the campaigns of Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump, they can agree on some things.

One of them, apparently, is the perceived injustice of the latest indictment of the former President for mishandling classified documents.

Trump’s supportive Make America Great Again super PAC, which has trashed the Florida Governor for months, found itself in the paradoxical position of spotlighting a supportive statement from DeSantis as part of a raft of “Republicans rally around Trump” quotes.

“The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society,” DeSantis tweeted. “We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation. Why so zealous in pursuing Trump yet so passive about Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden?”

The Trump release didn’t include DeSantis’ last sentence: “The DeSantis administration will bring accountability to the DOJ, excise political bias and end weaponization once and for all.”

DeSantis’ defense of Trump and attacks on people who were never President was embedded in an email in which at least one other 2024 opponent (U.S. Sen. Tim Scott) offered statements of support, along with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Trump-supportive members of the Florida U.S. House Delegation such as U.S. Reps. Byron DonaldsMatt Gaetz and Greg Steube.

The on-message DeSantis statement was a contrast to his off-the-cuff response to Trump’s previous indictment this year before it actually happened, one that irked the former President and at least one member of his family.

After offering the requisite lamentation about “Soros-funded prosecutors” who “weaponize” prosecution back in March, DeSantis went off script and seemingly mocked Trump for “porn star hush money” allegedly paid to Stormy Daniels years ago.

“You’re talking about this situation, and like, I don’t know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some type of alleged affair. I just can’t speak to that,” DeSantis said.

Trump World was not happy.

On Truth Social, the former President pilloried the Florida Governor, casting aspersions on his heterosexuality in the process.

“Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about FALSE ACCUSATIONS & FAKE STORIES sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known, when he’s unfairly and illegally attacked by a woman, even classmates that are ‘underage’ (or possibly a man!). I’m sure he will want to fight these misfits just like I do!”

The former President’s son was upset that DeSantis took too long to demonstrate outrage.

“So DeSantis thinks that Dems weaponizing the law to indict President Trump is a ‘manufactured circus’ & isn’t a ‘real issue,’” Trump Jr. tweeted. “Pure weakness. Now we know why he was silent all weekend.”

DeSantis will be giving political speeches this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Odds are good he sticks to the narrowly tailored party loyalist defense, if this statement is any indication.

Expect the Governor’s in-state supporters to offer defenses of Trump also, including Attorney General Ashley Moody, who began her Friday on the Fox News Channel doing just that.

“My reaction is the same as every other American. It may be heightened in the sense that I was a former federal prosecutor,” Moody said. “It shatters the appearance of integrity, the apolitical nature, equal application of the rule of law in this nation. That is what we are founded on, that is a pillar of a government by the people.”

“And it is shocking that this is coming in in a nation as great as ours that has a history of fairness within our institutions,” Moody added. “It’s a sad day for Americans, but those of us that have served in the government as prosecutors, I think we’re waking up in disbelief this morning.”

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

    June 9, 2023 at 8:41 am

    The DeSantis administration will bring accountability to the DOJ, excise political bias and end weaponization once and for all,” says the guy who had his state government issue voter registrations to people that were confusingly ineligible, and then had his same state government go arrest those people, registered voters, after they voted.

    Rhonda is a sick demented nerd, but the MAGA people want violence. They do not want a nerd, no matter how sick and demented he presents as identifying. If Trump’s game is over, Rhonda’s game is also game over. Nobody wants the runner up in an ugly contest.

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  • Ocean Joe

    June 9, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Moody added. “It’s a sad day for Americans, but those of us that have served in the government as prosecutors, I think we’re waking up in disbelief this morning.”

    Ashley admits she’s WOKE! Her Rip Van Winkle imitation is over, and now, awake, she realizes the law applies to everyone.
    Desantis says one thing, and does backflips of joy.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 9, 2023 at 9:21 am

      If Trump’s found guilty but Rhonda doesn’t pardon Trump in Florida, the only thing MAGA voters will understand is whether Rhonda pardoned Trump in Florida or not.

      Rhonda is probably 100% powerless to pardon Trump of federal crimes even if they’re tried and convicted in Florida, but is Rhonda going to admit they’re powerless? Ain’t no way the little man admits to being powerless.

      Rhonda is damned if they do, damned if they don’t. These Trump indictments are a no-win for Rhonda even though they think it’s the BIG win they were waiting for the last 2.5 years.

  • Richard Bruce

    June 9, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Any President has absolute power to declassify any document or material. Presidents are not required to follow a “process”. Markings or labels do not make an item classified. Cannot mishandle classified items if those items are not classified. Cannot obstruct justice if there was no crime.

    Vice Presidents or Sec of States do not have the power to declassify.

    I used to manage a SCIF handling highest levels of classified documents and materials.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 9, 2023 at 9:24 am

      There we have it, folks. An internet commenter calling himself “Ricahrd” is more of an expert than the entire DOJ and knows infinitely more about the evidence and pertinent law that does the grand jury that recommended seven indictments. DOJ might as well drop all charges based on this internet comment from “Richard.” ROTFL

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 9, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      Trump’s so-called declassification of documents left no paper trail. Is this how you handled documents?

    • Michael K

      June 9, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      No sir. Not how it works. There is always a paper trail. Always. Except in this case.

  • Jeanne Locke

    June 9, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    I am sure if the DOJ needs your advice, that they will call you, Richard Bruce. The rest of us are glad the scoundrel is going down for breaking the laws of our country.

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