Ron DeSantis explains how he is a ‘threat’ to his political opponents
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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'They've been after me.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis still sees himself as a front runner in the 2024 presidential race, and a “threat” to all of his political opponents.

“Ever since we won reelection in Florida by such a historic margin, people have identified me as a threat,” DeSantis told radio host Guy Benson, using the opposition party, the Vice President, the President, the press corps, and the former President, whose endorsement propelled him in 2018, to illustrate the tern.

“The Democrats have identified me as a threat. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, they spend more time attacking me than anybody else, the media, they’ve been after me, I’ve probably had more hit pieces from the corporate press than any other candidate running. And then of course, Donald Trump, he started running ads against me months before I was even a declared candidate for president,” DeSantis said.

The Governor extended that critique to his opponents on the debate stage in Milwaukee, which may or may not include Trump.

“If you look at how this field develops, clearly, I’m the only guy that Trump’s campaign attacks, basically. And then the other candidates, a lot of them don’t really say much about Donald Trump, and they focus more on me. So we’re going to be ready for all of that,” DeSantis said.

“It’ll give us an opportunity to be able to speak to a large audience of voters who have not yet paid attention to this primary. I mean, you could have 10, 15, 20 million viewers, most of whom have probably never seen any of us in action before,” he added.

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


27 comments

  • My Take

    August 16, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    True, his obnoxiousness and clownishness have made him a main object of attention.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    August 16, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Damn right America,
    The Ronald’s got something nobody else has.
    Thats right America, me Earl Pitts American to push him across the finish line.
    Thank you America,
    EPA

  • PeterH

    August 16, 2023 at 9:59 pm

    Ron, your policies have resulted in media attacks. If you require direction to the Republican Crying Room it’s located down the hall second door on the left. Bring hand sanitizer and plenty of tissue.

  • Tropical

    August 16, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    He is a “threat”.
    To decency.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      August 17, 2023 at 12:09 am

      And democracy

  • SteveHC

    August 16, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    The guy sure has some heck of an ego, er, imagination…

  • My Take

    August 16, 2023 at 11:36 pm

    When he does poorly, whom will he blame?

    • Cheesy Floridian

      August 17, 2023 at 12:10 am

      Prob Disney

  • PeterH

    August 17, 2023 at 1:09 am

    Trump supporter, Abigail Jo ‘Abby’ Shry age 43 was arrested in Texas for threatening to kill Federal Judge and her family. Abigail is one less Trump vote in Texas! Lock her up!

  • Michael K

    August 17, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Ron is only a threat to freedom and democracy – just ask the growing number of Floridians he’s alienated, harassed and maligned. He’s also a threat to decency, but that’s almost a requirement in the cult of Yrumpism that DeSantis is trying lord over.

    What are his big ideas? His vision?

    Nada. Zilch. Zero. All he has is anger, rage and hate. All he does is wreck what others have built. He only knows division and subtraction.

    We need leaders who can add to and multiply – expansion of freedom and ideas, not contraction and culture war convulsions that rip us apart.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 17, 2023 at 4:56 am

    Omg. The martyr Desantis is worried. Desantis ain’t worried as long as social media keeps on keeping on Desantis policies!

  • Ocean Joe

    August 17, 2023 at 6:19 am

    In my opinion he lost both debates for governor badly.
    To be fair, I thought Trump won his debates with Biden, though he came off too strong in one of them.

    For Desantis, the spotlight on his snapping turtle personality is not going to be helpful. Somebody, probably Christie, will tell him to ‘be likeable.’

    It all goes back to his antics with the high school kids wearing masks. That’s who he is.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 17, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Wildly popular and hugely re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was a “threat,” on paper.

    But then Rhonda showed up.

    Rhonda, turns out, is a toothless and decaying origami tiger with a half life that’s even shorter than how long he lasts between the sheets.

  • Mr T

    August 17, 2023 at 8:35 am

    I pity the fool. The fool named Rhonda.

  • Rigged Witch Hoax

    August 17, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Is Gov DeSantis saying it’s rigged or a witch hunt or a hoax?

  • High Heiffner

    August 17, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Break a leg at the debates, Rhonda! Or at least break a heel.

    When Trump comes, slowly lumbering toward your podium. When you cower. When you bolt. When you run. Break a heel.

    Break one of those high heels you wear, Tiny.

    You should provide value on the debate stage, so you’ll need to be good for a laugh.

  • Lex

    August 17, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Desantis is the threat and Desantis is the only other choice. Trump was a great president. Trump also lost to Biden in 2020. Trump may never be able to win over Independents. Desantis can and would win Independents, especially if it is just corrupt Joe Biden running. Let Trump be Senate President or Speaker of the House, that would be even more entertaining and it would give the Republicans the best chance to win.

    • Corrupt Joe

      August 17, 2023 at 9:42 am

      Joe Biden is corrupt? LOL.

      Ron DeSantis is the one who collects a Gubernatorial paycheck for running a political campaign for his personal lambitions despite longstanding precedent and even law written specifically to prevent people doing exactly what Ron is doing via personal exemption bestowed upon him by himself and his swamp state cronies.

      Ron DeSantis is also the one who got himself exempted from Florida’s longstanding Sunshine laws that provide for transparency in how Florida state treasury funds are spent. Every Florida state expenditure by and/or for everyone in government is subject to public scrutiny, excepting Ron DeSantis, again via personal exemption bestowed upon him by himself and his swamp state cronies.

      Ron DeSantis is the one that has Florida charter private jets to fly his campaign “volunteers” to fancy places like Martha’s Vineyard and California. Yes, the very same California Ron loves to malign. He used state funds to charter private jets for campaign “volunteers” traveling on campaign stunts.

      Ironic how Ron wants to be a “choice” when he’s tried his darndest to outlaw choice in Florida. I reckon that is okay, though, because it’s just the women folk who got their choice taken away by Ron. Right? They are supposed to be pregnant and in the kitchen like the bible says. No choice.

      • Go Vols

        August 17, 2023 at 9:48 am

        Speaking of Volunteers, let’s not forget the Florida state SUVs that Ron and his campaign crashed into each other up in Tennessee.

        What were Florida state vehicles even doing in Tennessee? Those vehicles had no business being driven up in Tennessee.

        Did somebody drive those vehicles to Tennessee?

        Did Ron charter transportation for getting Florida state official vehicles to Tennessee for using during a campaign stop?

        We will never know until Florida elects a Democrat governor who pulls back Ron’s veil and allows everyone to see what got done by Rhonda Dee.

  • Joe

    August 17, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    Or, they have identified him as a threat to democracy and our Republic. And to any open pudding cups in sight.

  • Governer Desantos

    August 17, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    “Therefore, when they get close enough to me on the debate stage, I’ll be slitting throats left and right! Because I’m a big little tough guy!”

  • mandoist

    August 20, 2023 at 8:34 am

    What a pathetic groveling Loser.
    He’ll be wearing knee pads soon enough!

  • Kevin L

    August 20, 2023 at 8:35 am

    He should change his name to DeSantos

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