Ron DeSantis says Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in 2020 debate

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The Governor waited 3 years to deliver this verdict.

Ron DeSantis continues to try to goad Donald Trump into a one-on-one debate that doesn’t seem likely given Trump’s lead in the polls. This time around, he’s enlisting Joe Biden’s help.

During an interview on Fox News, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate contended that during the 2020 Election, the current Democratic President defeated Trump in the first debate of that cycle.

“You know, I remember back in 2020 I had a big party in Tallahassee for that first debate that Trump did with Biden. And the reality is Biden beat Trump in that debate, and I don’t know how you could lose to Biden in a debate. But that happened,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis did not say that Biden won the 2020 debate at the time, of course. But his willingness to embrace that talking point is the latest attempted provocation to the former President whose endorsement made him Governor.

Previously, DeSantis questioned a poll showing Trump ahead of Biden by nearly 10 points. Earlier this year, he finally admitted that “of course” Trump lost the 2020 Election.

The comments Thursday follow up on a DeSantis denunciation of Trump that was also a bash of Biden. During the debate, DeSantis said Biden was “completely missing in action from leadership. And you know who else is missing in action? Donald Trump is missing in action.”

“He owes it to you to defend his record where they added $7.8 trillion to the debt, (which) set the stage for the inflation that we have now,” DeSantis added.

Biden’s political team didn’t miss the opportunity to turn a selective DeSantis quote into an anti-Trump ad.

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


  • Margaret

    September 28, 2023 at 11:54 am

    It’s time for DeSantis to give it up. His overall demeanor and his rhetoric will sink his candidacy. He simply isn’t fit to be President with his fierce, mean-spirited temper outbursts. A hair-trigger temper is not a qualification for a reasonable, calm-thinking person who should be President.

    But, then, none of the Republican candidates seem to fit the qualifications for being the leader of the free world.

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  • Derp Face

    September 28, 2023 at 12:53 pm


  • Ocean Joe

    September 28, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    “He owes it to you to defend his record where they added $7.8 trillion to the debt, (which) set the stage for the inflation that we have now,” DeSantis added.
    Thankyou governor. There are several causes of inflation, prime being covid and disruption of world supply and demand. But along with excess govt spending, excess govt reduction of revenues was a factor via the tax cut for the wealthy along with tremendous spending during the Trump years.

    Now apply that same kind of honesty to gasoline prices instead of pretending Biden raised them despite the world oil market.
    Honesty could get Republicans a long way but remains in short supply.

    • MH/Duuuval

      September 28, 2023 at 8:56 pm

      Telling the truth about Trump’s record, especially
      the outrageous handouts to the uber-wealthy and large corporations, is a good start to stripping the emperor nekkid.

  • Richard Russell

    September 28, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Ronny, you are digging a hole so deep, even with a periscope you won’t be able to see the light of day!

  • Biscuit

    September 28, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Oh, Brave Heart! DeSantis has declared Biden the winner of a debate that took place three years ago. Oooh, gutsy call. Man of Steel. My Hero. Award that man the Congressional Medal of Puddin’.

  • My Take

    September 28, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Where is some sharp edge?
    Where is some venom?
    Where is some accusation beyond mere “loser”?
    Escalate. Or moreso descend.
    Jesus Hates Trump !
    There’s a hint and a start.
    Target the Ttumpvangelicals.
    Even put it in all caps on bumper stickers.
    Fight GOPers with their own tactics.

  • Michael K

    September 29, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Ron forgot to mention that Joe Biden also beat Donald Trump in both the popular vote and the electoral college.

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