Ron DeSantis says Donald Trump is too old for prison

DeSantis Newsmax
'To have a former President that's almost 80 years old go to prison, that is not good for this country.'

Ron DeSantis continues to throw olive branches to former President Donald Trump.

DeSantis, during an interview Wednesday night on Newsmax with Eric Bolling, contended that Trump is simply too old to go to prison, assuming he’s convicted in any of his indictments that have happened or may happen this year.

“I’ve said from the beginning to have a former President that’s almost 80 years old go to prison, that is not good for this country,” DeSantis said.

The Governor suggested he would pardon Trump if elected President and somehow Trump was sentenced to prison, for the “good of this country.”

“And so as president, you know, I have the pardon power as Governor and I’ve exercised it and obviously you got to look at the facts at the time that it happens and it is all a case by case determination and there’s different reasons why you would pardon. But one of the reasons is, is this something that’s in the best interests of society?”

“And I fail to see how that would be good for this country to see something like that happen,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis had previously floated “Day One” pardons of the former President and the Jan. 6 rioters Trump encouraged if he wins the White House.

“A lot of people wait until the end of the administration to issue pardons. We’re going to find examples where government has been weaponized against disfavored groups and we will apply relief as appropriate, but it will be done on a case-by-case basis because I think you’ve got to make sure that there’s a whole bunch of cases that don’t necessarily get headlines,” DeSantis said on the “Clay and Buck” radio show this Spring.

When asked again about Trump specifically, DeSantis said, “Any example of disfavored treatment based on politics or weaponization would be included in that review no matter how small or how big.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


12 comments

  • Michael K

    July 19, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    Since when is someone is too old for justice?

    • Antonio Cartas

      July 20, 2023 at 9:45 am

      Exactly! Trump was Not to Old to Knowingly/Willingly Commit those Crimes! Those People Defending Trump Needs to Stop Making Excuses for this Criminal/Treasonous Man! If Trump is Convicted of his Crimes then he must Pay for his Crimes! Its Called Accountability! And Trump the Most Treasonous/Criminal President MUST BE made an Example of as to Not Commit these Treasonous/Criminal Acts as a Warning to any Future US President, Democrat/Republican who may want to do the Same in the Future! What has Happened to our Country and Democracy with Trump Must Never be Repeated Again in the Future! New Safeguards Need to be put in Place because this has Shown Weakness and vulnerabilities in our System!

      • Peter D

        July 20, 2023 at 11:37 am

        Neither is the treasonous scumbag Brandon. However the dumbocrats use that excuse that he too old to prosecute

  • Ocean Joe

    July 20, 2023 at 6:06 am

    The power to pardon needs a serious revamp. Abused by both parties, administered unfairly by all, bought and paid for, it represents an executive intrusion on the power of the judicial branch.

    Reserve it for the wrongly accused, or the penitent, not for dangerous clowns.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 20, 2023 at 7:56 am

    None of this Trump stuff is good for the country, but that’s on Trump. He did what he did. It can’t be ignored. Failure to address the Trump stuff, that would be worse for the county. Does anybody really want Kamala pulling the same stunts come 2028? Without punishment for Trump, that’s the most obvious outcome, King Kamala self-appointing in 2028. (Nothing against her personally. I’m just not sure Biden would be in for a 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc term.)

    No matter which way the Trump stuff went, prosecuted or ignored, certain folks might view the Trump drama an opportunity for themselves. Those opportunistic, self-serving advantage-taking folks are not the folks that should get into any position of power at all.

    Anybody arguing pro-Trump, you’re also arguing pro-King-Kamala. Chew on that for a moment.

    • Peter D

      July 20, 2023 at 11:40 am

      None of the Biden stuff is good for the country either but in spite of being a treasonous traitor accepting bribes and kick backs he is still in office. Go figure a set of laws for dumbocrats and a set of laws for the rest of us!!! Impeach now!!!

      • Michael K

        July 20, 2023 at 1:48 pm

        Specifics, please!

  • Greg Waters

    July 20, 2023 at 8:09 am

    Here we go, talking about Trump again!

  • CAESAR SMITH

    July 20, 2023 at 8:22 am

    Anyone who breaks as many US laws as Trump has MUST be punished to the full extent of the law….no matter how old. Besides, I’m sure there are lots of inmates that are looking forward to having “fun” with the old ORANGE MONSTER! NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW Ronnie….not even you.! And Ronnie…. this BS of yours won’t do a damn thing to revive your dying political future!

  • Sam Sabal

    July 20, 2023 at 8:39 am

    “We’re going to find examples where government has been weaponized against disfavored groups and we will apply relief as appropriate,”
    Gee Ronnie, sounds like the shoe might fit you. You are the King of weaponizing and targeting groups that you don’t like. It’s personal and has nothing to do with governing.

  • Donna Nehrich-Cole

    July 20, 2023 at 10:42 am

    Good thing you won’t be President to pardon anyone DeSantis. Age is not a reason for not paying for your crimes. Let him die in there!

  • My Take

    July 26, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    I don’t want Trump to die in prison.
    When he gets bad he should be sent out to a secured hospice. Loop

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