Ron DeSantis still blames Mexican President for bad polls
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'I'm the one that's targeted.'

Ron DeSantis sees enemies — both foreign and domestic — as responsible for his polling deficit against former President Donald Trump.

The Governor, during an appearance on “Varney and Co.” on the Fox Business Network, doubled down on a previous claim that Andrés López Obrador was partly to blame for his current slump in 2024 Presidential Primary surveys.

“I think the fact that I’m the one that’s targeted by the media, by the Left, even by the President of Mexico is because people know that I will beat (Joe) Biden and they know that I will actually deliver on all these issues and beat the Democrats at the border, beat them on things like ESG, beat them on things like crime, and they don’t want to see that,” DeSantis contended.

The Governor’s logic may be questionable, given that Mexican leaders rarely have much sway with GOP Primary voters, but his message is disciplined.

During a Thursday night interview on Fox News Tonight, host Will Cain confronted the 2024 presidential candidate with polling that has seen DeSantis “between 10 and 20%,” “numbers that have stayed there for two months.”

“Well, I think if you look at the people like the corporate media, who are they going after, who do they not want to be the nominee? They’re going after me. Who’s the President of Mexico attacking because he knows we’ll be strong on the border and hold him accountable in the cartels? He’s going after me,” DeSantis said last week.

“So I think if you look at all these people that are responsible for a lot of the ills in our society, they’re targeting me as the person they don’t want to see as the candidate.”

Lopez Obrador has in fact weighed in on the race in the wake of Florida’s new immigration law, most recently earlier this month.

“We could not remain silent,” López Obrador said, urging “not one vote for those who despise migrants.”

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


  • Rob Desantos

    July 10, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! cries the tiny angry baby governor

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  • Silly Wabbit

    July 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    He kwazy.

  • TJC

    July 10, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    He sounds rather paranoid. I understand he wants to play the victim/bully switcheroo game like Trump, but in DeSantis’s demeanor and choice of words it all comes off like paranoia. Even Trump knows enough to tell his followers “they’re out to get you, not me,” because that’s what fascist leaders do. But DeSantis shows fear: fear of his falling poll numbers, fear of the media, fear of “woke” corporations, fear of migrants, fear of LGBTQ people, and so on. It’s getting to be repetitious, annoying, and pitiful.

  • Joe

    July 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Targeted — or triggered??

  • JB

    July 10, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    What a sad, pathetic, diseased freak of nature. It’s like if Elizabeth Holmes got into politics, but in addition to the blood scanner giving faulty results, it also screams “WOKE! WOKE! REEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!”

  • Tom

    July 10, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Whiny little bastard isn’t he? Conservative grievance politics at its best. Tiny d and trump – quite the pair without a pair.

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      July 10, 2023 at 2:09 pm

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  • Dont Say FLA

    July 10, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Given how Rhonda is already losing to El Presidente de Mexico when its only the GOP Primary, is Rhonda really the right person for the Oval Office?

    El Presidente de Mexico isn’t even in the GOP Primary, yet somehow Rhonda is losing to him.

    LOL @ Rhonda. You are terrible at this, Rhonda. How did you get where you are? Did El President of Mexico used to approve of you and say nice things about you? Was that it, Rhonda?

  • SteveHC

    July 10, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Pathetic as ever – at least he’s consistent, right? 😉

  • Fashion Magazines

    July 10, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    I blame fashion magazines. They conspired to keep Casey off their covers, and that is why the DeSantis campaign is going nowhere. Yeah, that’s it. Fashion magazines did this to ever humble Ron and Casey. lol

    • My Take

      July 10, 2023 at 3:33 pm

      He’s now more aiming for covers of the Fascist Magazines.

  • Cry Christians Cast Blame

    July 10, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    White ‘Christians’ will blame anyone for anything, perfect example.

    White Ron: the media tanked my campaign

    White Ron: the Mexican President yanked my campaign

    White Ron: wah wah wah

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 11, 2023 at 8:11 am

      Whyte Rhonda’s entire Campaign is a twist on HW’s old 1000 points of light. Rhonda offers “1000 points of Whyyyyyte.” To that I say, Magga Please!

  • Lex

    July 11, 2023 at 8:46 am

    This is totally silly. It is too early for the “Primary” to start. There is no platform for Governor Desantis to campaign from and he is currently still governing Florida. The only reason that Trump is getting headlines now is that Mr. Trump is being attacked in the courts to potentially keep Trump from running. That tactic engenders justified sympathy from the Republican base for Trump to Desantis’s detriment. Sadly, the attacks on Trump probably do not help Mr. Trump in the general election. I think Mr. Trump was a fine President, but for all the fight he would bring in the culture war (which needs to be fought vigorously), Mr. Trump had a hard time picking which fights to fight, which made Trump feel unpresidential, especially with a liberal media amplifying that. Republicans should keep in mind that Desantis is also a fighter and may have a much better chance of winning a general election. I think Trump could be a super interesting Speaker of the House. What a one-two punch Trump and Desantis would be if they could find a way to work together.

    • Bwj

      July 11, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      What Is the Republican platform? Banning books, restricting drag shows, and yelling woke don’t provide jobs or address rising costs of homes and apartments. How are we growing the economy under Republican leadership? Trump would never be speaker, beneath his ego.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 12, 2023 at 10:19 am

      A culture war “needs” to be fought? Just because some uncomfortable white folks don’t want to let the market sort it out?

      If you don’t like a beer’s spokes model, either turn off your TV and you’ll never know your beer has a spokes model, or if you must keep watching TV, buy yourself a different beer.

      It’s just not that hard to get by in life without raging over people who get by a little differently from ya. No war is necessary for that. None. Nada.

    • Joe

      July 13, 2023 at 2:17 pm

      Everything you wrote is wrong, Lex, literally everything in your post.

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