Democratic leaders attack traveling Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. Image via AP.

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People ranging from the DNC Chair to Florida legislators had a take.

Both Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump are headed to North Carolina this weekend. And the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a state Democratic Chair are denouncing their travels, as are a number of legislators.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison noted President Joe Biden was in the state visiting a college and troops, while Republicans were pushing “MAGA Extremism” at the convention in Greensboro.

“Trump was a failure of a President,” Harrison said.

“In Florida, Ron DeSantis, this is a guy who has used his power as Governor to rip away the freedoms of the people of Florida,” Harrison said, citing legislation on abortion, guns and encroachments on the rights of “LGBTQ people in the state.”

Anderson Clayton, the Chair of the North Carolina Democrats, offered similar contrasts between Biden and Republicans working to “take our country backwards” and “descend on our state this weekend” to “try to desperately sell their anti-freedom agendas.”

Florida state Reps. Anna V. Eskamani and Angie Nixon offered their own denunciations of DeSantis.

Eskamani noted “we don’t even see DeSantis these days,” given his hectic campaign schedule. But she said the culture war continues apace with the Governor’s “extreme agenda” on issues ranging from the six-week abortion ban to “privatization of public schools” and “book banning.” (DeSantis says books are not banned in Florida, but Democrats disagree.)

The Orlando Democrat said DeSantis’ culture war against Disney illustrates the principle “mess around and find out,” noting that everyone from conventiongoers to the immigrant workforce are recoiling, creating “economic consequences” for the state.

Nixon detailed “countless attacks” on public education, deeming herself appalled, and describing DeSantis as “hellbent on ending public education as we know it.”

“DeSantis is banning books, the teaching of true history, and so much more,” the Jacksonville Democrat contended. She blasted DeSantis for “gallivanting across the country” and “pandering for votes” instead of handling Florida business.

“Lord only knows what’s going to happen this hurricane season,” Nixon warned.

DeSantis and Trump are slated to address the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Each will offer dinner keynote speeches.

Trump will be in Georgia Friday for the state’s own convention, meanwhile, an event DeSantis won’t attend. However, DeSantis will speak in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest indication his campaign schedule is all-consuming.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Suze

    June 9, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Don’t forget Trump is now under another indictment for Espionage and DeathSantis is campaigning on the Florida taxpayers. They are both grifting

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 9, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Defelonious Javina Trump can leave Florida despite seven felony indictments? How does that work, exactly? Nobody else facing seven felonies can ever leave their state.

    • David Pakman

      June 9, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      There was no bond issued…he didn’t go to jail.

  • Ocean Joe

    June 9, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    I love the smell of indictments in the morning.

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