Ron DeSantis claims Nikki Haley is controlled by the ‘liberal Republican donor class’
Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis debate. Image via AP.

Haley DeSantis
'They just want a candidate that they're able to control.'

Ron DeSantis went to his friendliest interviewer to make the case that donors are moving toward Nikki Haley because she’s selling out conservatives.

The Florida Governor contends “she’s running away from her record as governor because her main task as governor, as she saw it, was to recruit investment from the Chinese Communist Party into South Carolina.

“She was the number one ranked governor at bringing in China into her state when she was governor and South Carolina gave away land to the CCP five miles away from a military base for them to do a business venture there,” DeSantis argued.

“And that was very consistent. She went to China with the World Economic Forum back in the day, she took other junkets there and this was something she wrote a love letter to the ambassador when she was governor saying what a great friend China was.”

“That was her worldview. That was what she did,” DeSantis argued.

The Governor went on to say Haley had “never gotten involved in a fight and actually fought on behalf of conservatives,” arguing that she “killed” a single-sex bathroom bill like the one Florida passed.

“And so this is just a pattern with kind of how she does things, doesn’t stand up when it matters, (and) is basically catering to the more liberal Republican donor class now,” he said on Monday’s Mark Levin Show.

DeSantis continued to vent about how donors are moving away from him because he’s just too ideologically pure for them.

“They just want a candidate that they’re able to control. So when they need something, they’re able to say you need to do this. Whereas with me, you know, there have been articles written the whole year about how donors are frustrated that I’m standing on principles such as when we’re standing up to Disney about keeping sexualization of our curriculum out of Florida schools, particularly for these young grades,” DeSantis said.

The Governor’s comments come as a new Fabrizio & Lee poll from Iowa suggests that despite the endorsement DeSantis got from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, it’s not helping him in the state.

“Despite near universal awareness of Gov. Reynolds’ endorsement, the 3rd GOP Presidential debate and Sen. Scott’s surprise drop from the race, Ron DeSantis finds his support stagnant and in a statistical tie with Nikki Haley for 2nd place while President Trump continues to dominate the field by better than a 2 to 1 margin,” the pollsters note.

“An overwhelming majority of Iowa RCG (86%) say they have recently seen, read, or heard about Gov. Reynolds’ endorsement of Ron DeSantis. As seen in the ballots above and contrary to another Team DeSantis narrative, her endorsement has not materially changed this race or diminished Trump’s domination over the field,” the pollsters add.

In last week’s presidential debate, Haley and DeSantis sparred, abetted at times by Vivek Ramaswamy.

He noted that Haley “welcomed” China into South Carolina, contrasting that with Florida’s new ban on Chinese land purchases. Ramaswamy attaboyed DeSantis’ point about Haley, but argued that one of the Governor’s donors pushed for a “lobbying based exemption in that bill that allowed Chinese nationals to buy land within a 20-mile radius of a military base.”

Haley brought it back to land purchases, contending that Enterprise Florida recruited Chinese businesses and that Chinese companies were “expanding” in Florida.

“You gave them stuff. I didn’t give them anything. And I abolished Enterprise Florida,” DeSantis said, eliding the fact that the organization thrived in the state for more than four years, facilitating two foreign trade missions for DeSantis, one in 2019 to Israel and another one this year just before he launched his presidential campaign.

Haley then attacked the “liberal” DeSantis for his opposition to “fracking,” a major issue in the 2018 gubernatorial campaign that was put into the state cvonstitution by Florida voters that year, and strengthened by an early executive order from the Governor compelling the Department of Environmental Protection to end the practice.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to drill in the Florida Everglades,” DeSantis said. “And I know most Floridians agree with me.”

He will, however, frack in other places, he made clear.

Haley summarily swatted at DeSantis on Social Security and Medicare, saying “Ron and Trump” have “joined Biden and Nancy Pelosi and saying they won’t do entitlement reform.” (Pelosi is no longer Speaker of the House, of course).

DeSantis dodged the question, which was a talking point from the Trump campaign earlier this year (with the former President calling him a “wheelchair over the cliff kind of guy” for supporting entitlement cuts last decade). He noted, as he has before, that Social Security is important to today’s “seniors” amid today’s “rising prices” and “inflation.”

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


  • Michael K

    November 13, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Wha wha wha. Nikki this. Kamela that. Wha wha wha. Pathetic. No wonder donors have abandoned him.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      November 14, 2023 at 6:55 am

      A special good morning to all my Dook 4 Brains RINO’s out there planning to throw your vote away on Nikki Haley.
      DON’T JUST DON’T I, Earl Pitts American, would rather see you just stay your trifling @ss at home. Now if you somehow get some sense in your lame brain and come to the “Sage Wisdom” that Ron DeSantis totally deserves your vote then I, Earl Pitts American, hereby permit you to leave the house and head on down to your designated voting place and proudly cast your vote for DeSantis.
      I know none of you dough head RINO’s are planning to throw your vote away on Apu Ramaswamy so I won’t waste your time by chastising that group of dough headed RINO’s.
      Again America, Earl Says Vote DeSantis!!!!
      Have an Earl Pitts American great Sphincter relaxing day my beloved Patriots,
      Earl Pitts American

      • Sally Brown

        November 14, 2023 at 7:32 am

        Earl you are a refreshing fountain of knowledge to our entire brain addled nationand planet🌏. You bring back memories of my Grandfather who was instrumental in my early development.
        With the world on fire and the leftist citizens totally off the chain it’s such a blessing to come here and seek out my compass of right and wrong by looking for one of your informative posts.
        Thanks again Mr. Pitts,
        Sally Brown

        • Sunset Manor

          November 14, 2023 at 6:48 pm

          You bring back memories of my Grandfather who was instrumental in my early development.
          On “Lawn Days” at “the home”

  • Ron's a Kook

    November 13, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    The base is basic training and advanced infantry training. Nothing to spy on.
    The factory makes fiberglass. In the middle of the Carolina Sandhills for sand. Nothing suspicious at all.

  • My Take

    November 14, 2023 at 2:50 am

    ‘liberal Republican donor class’
    Santa, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, Unicorns

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 14, 2023 at 4:14 am

    Omg! Omg! Omg! Desperate DeSantis!

  • Ivy Loser

    November 14, 2023 at 4:30 am

    It’s sad; all the ‘education’ Harvard, Yale and Officer School provide can’t overcome a Florida high school diploma that produced this sputtering dilettante.

  • JD

    November 14, 2023 at 5:59 am

    And he is not? Kettle Black Ronnie D.

  • Tom

    November 14, 2023 at 7:25 am

    Yo Ronnie – at least she has donors. Just sayin’

  • Michael K

    November 14, 2023 at 8:56 am

    Somebody’s jealous that he’s being outspent, outwitted and out spoken by a lady.

  • Joe

    November 14, 2023 at 10:10 am

    He’s an idiot repeating lies and memes fed to him by his dumb wife and insular campaign team.

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