Ron DeSantis says he opposed Kevin McCarthy all along

CA GOP DeSantis
The embattled House Speaker is 'really somebody that Donald Trump has backed and put in that position.'

Just before the House of Representatives vote on whether to retain U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker, Ron DeSantis has weighed in, seemingly supporting the California Republican’s ouster.

“I opposed McCarthy when it wasn’t cool years ago,” DeSantis told Scripps News.

The Governor described McCarthy as “really somebody that Donald Trump has backed and put in that position.”

Though he described the removal movement as “performative,” the former three-term Republican legislator said that one of the few House members who endorsed him would do a better job as Speaker than the embattled McCarthy.

“I have guys who have endorsed me like Chip Roy and Tom Massie,” DeSantis said. “I think Chip is someone who really understands how you move this country in a better direction.”

The back-and-forth between McCarthy and DeSantis has been slow developing, but both men have participated.

In September, the Speaker said that the Florida Governor was “not at the same level as President Trump by any shape or form,” adding that DeSantis never would have gotten elected in 2018 without Trump’s endorsement.

“You know, look, Donald Trump, he supported Kevin McCarthy very strongly for Speaker. I don’t think he would have won the Speaker vote (without him). Donald Trump was instrumental in him earning that Speaker’s gavel and they worked hand in glove really throughout his whole presidency. They were on the same team on every major spending bill that came down the pike and they ended up together adding $7.8 trillion to our national debt,” DeSantis said in response.

He also took credit for the House’s slender Republican majority, a function of 2022’s congressional redistricting that brought GOP seats in the Florida Delegation from 15 to 20.

“The reason they even got the majority is because the Governor candidate in New York overperformed and because we delivered a red tsunami in Florida that gave him an extra four seats. That’s the story of the midterm,” DeSantis said.

McCarthy previously gave comments involving the ongoing conflict DeSantis has with The Walt Disney Co.

“This is a big employer inside Florida,” he added, in comments reported by Newsweek. “I think the Governor should sit down with them. I don’t think the idea of building a prison next to a place where you bring your family is the best idea. I think it’d be much better if you sat down and solved the problems.”

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


  • PeterH

    October 3, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Let’s keep in mind five FACTS:
    1. The Republican Party is the institution that has consistently blocked common sense immigration reform. The President has NO AUTHORITY TO WRITE LEGISLATION OR WRITE NEW LAWS. IMMIGRATION CHANGE MUST COME FROM CONGRESS.
    2. The primary traffickers of drugs like Fentanyl into the UNITED STATES are Americans.
    4. Trump’s tax breaks to the top 1% have added TWO TRILLION TO THE NATIONAL DEBT.
    5. As predicted by every single economist…..Trump’s trade tariffs would be paid for by American consumers in the form of inflated prices.

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Gary

      October 3, 2023 at 7:07 pm

      LOL, “common sense” immigration reform to you Democrats means open borders and amnesty to millions of illegals.
      Democrats added $10 trillion to the debt since Biden took office. Tax breaks can increase the revenue to the federal government, but that’s too high level of comprehension for you to understand.
      Democrats are America’s worst enemy. Vote all Democrats out of office.

      • Earl Pitts "Be More Earl-like In All You Do" American

        October 3, 2023 at 9:11 pm

        Thank you Gary,
        Most men, other than real men like you and me, are chikin$hit to come here on our benevolant host F. P. and post anything.
        Yeah they talk a big game but they are afarid to actually engage in a big game like real men, Gary and Earl.
        Sad but true.
        Welcome Gary,

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 5, 2023 at 1:48 pm

          my comment to gary fits your laughable ignorance just as well. you two should get along just fine.

      • MH/Duuuval

        October 4, 2023 at 1:22 pm

        No evidence exists that the $2.1 trillion Trump tax cut has helped the economy — to the contrary, but you won’t hear this on Fox, etc.

        83 percent of the tax cut went to the top 1 percent of Americans. Face it, we have folks so rich these days they can’t give it away fast enough.

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 5, 2023 at 1:56 pm

          of course it didn’t help, it just means we are now further in the hole. as george harrison said, “all things must pass”. obama had to clean up bush’s mess, which he did quite nicely. biden is trying to clean up trump’s mess, but mansion and sinema have made it much harder.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 5, 2023 at 1:46 pm

        laughable. everything you said was standard maga cult script. the young people don’t get their information from stephen miller or steve bannon so they know you are a fool. cult people like you get their information from the cult so not much truth gets in. you are suffering from believing in lies because you want them to be true to support your belief in lies. the amount of hate and lies you spewed makes it obvious that you are in the maga cult

    • Earl Pitts "Earl Is Watching You" American

      October 4, 2023 at 11:37 am

      Just a quick note on plagurism:
      The enumeration of facts here at our beloved online benevolant host, F. P., is a style created by me, Earl Pitts American. While I’m willing to look the other way at this blaintant illegal plagurism this time I, Earl Pitts American, want you to know, PeterH, that I got my eye on you. I’m going to let you off easy this time with just this warning along with an all-powerfull Earl Pitts American Chastizement.
      “PeterH You Are Hereby Chastized”.
      Thank you PeterH for your future compliance with the rules of civilized journalism as proumuglated and enforced by me, Earl Pitts American.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 5, 2023 at 2:10 pm

        peterH is ten times the man you are. you sound like a 82 year old fool, wait a minute, you are an 82 year old fool. i set you out by telling people your real name. on Wikipedia you are listed as earl pitts, gary burbank, and your real name, billy purser. it said you were once a phoney redneck character on the radio years ago. you are still a redneck phoney character. FU PUNK

  • Joe

    October 3, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Who freaking cares what the lame duck Florida governor thinks about the US Congress? Go home and do your own job, Tiny D.

    • Earl Pitts "Be More Earl-like In All You Do" American

      October 3, 2023 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you for the Dook 4 Brains leftist view point.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 5, 2023 at 1:58 pm

        can’t you ever say anything that’s not inane?

  • wake me up when Rona's done

    October 4, 2023 at 7:41 am

    When it wasn’t cool years ago? Seriously, Kevin was only Speaker of the House for 9 months. I wasn’t aware that he started his run for Speaker so darn early. But, that’s Rona for you, being frozen before being cool! What a disgrace to Florida. Oh, BTW, Matt Gaetz was Rona’s campaign manager before Matt was cool! Two turds circling the bowl.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 2:01 pm

      very true. desantis will say anything to try to get a vote, what a whore.

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