Donald Trump wrongly thanks Randy Fine for switching parties
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The Republican lawmaker recently switched his endorsement from Ron DeSantis to Trump, but was always a Republican.

At an event at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump praised Rep. Randy Fine for flipping his endorsement for President to back Trump. But he mistakenly inferred the lifelong Republican had changed parties to do it.

“Randy Fine, who just came over from a party known as the Democrat Party,” Trump said.

In reality, Fine has never been a registered Democrat. He had previously endorsed Gov. Ron DeSantis for President in 2024 but made headlines when he publicly shifted his support to Trump.

Fine stood alongside Trump at the recent Florida Freedom Summit in Orlando, with several other state lawmakers shifting their allegiance from DeSantis to Trump.

On Thursday, Trump hosted Florida political leaders — including Republican Party of Florida members, congressional lawmakers and Florida legislative leaders endorsing him — for a special event at his estate in Palm Beach County. Fine was there as well, and Trump spotlighted him by name, but with the wrong party background.

Fine made clear to Florida he has always been registered as a Republican.

“I registered as a Republican on my 18th birthday and have never been anything but one,” Fine told Florida Politics. “President Trump was obviously being tongue-in-cheek and saying that by being a longtime DeSantis supporter I must have been a Democrat. Because to him, Republicans support Trump.”

But Trump not only misidentified Fine’s party registration, but discussed the Democratic Party at length. He talked about how he personally uses the term “Democrat” instead of “Democratic,” knowing it irritates Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat.

“They used to call it the Democratic Party. Schumer wants it because it sounds better, it flows better. it sounds better in a speech,” Trump said. “But I said because it sounds better let’s not do it, because it is officially the Democrat Party. Doesn’t sound as good.”

He then turned directed comments toward Fine.

“He just came over and we appreciate it,” Trump said before asking Fine to be pointed out in the room. “Randy, that was a big deal. It was a very big deal, and we appreciate it.”

It was, in fact, a big deal. Fine has endorsed DeSantis along with 98 other Florida lawmakers just as the Governor launched his own campaign for President. But amid rising antisemitism in Florida and war breaking out between Israel and Hamas, Fine said he felt moved to endorse Trump instead.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • My Take

    November 10, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Garbage welcomes more garbage to the heap.

  • Michael K

    November 10, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    Randy Fine is a cross-dresser?

  • My Take

    November 10, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Declining Donald’s diminishing “daylight.”

  • TJC

    November 10, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Nice effort by the otherwise spineless Randy Fine to try to save face for the clearly confused Donald Trump. Now Fine will have to face the possibility that Trump didn’t want his confusion explained away — that only draws attention to it — and instead expected Fine to shut up and agree. How many TrumpSuckers have dutifully bowed and scraped for the man day in and day out before suddenly realizing it’s not enough, it’s never enough, you have to drink the Kool-Aid of his lies, even if it kills your soul. And it will.

  • Rick

    November 10, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    It’s a shame trump is as bad as Biden if not worse. Trump doesn’t have a clue anymore He doesn’t even know what year he was president of the u s. And didn’t know what America was called. The U S of America he just thought it was called us

  • Democracy

    November 10, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    Trump hasn’t a clue , has 91 felonies, convicted of rape and fraud, doesn’t know what state he is in, wants to turn the country into a fascist country “where he alone” makes all the money and pushes his enemies out of windows just like Putin and people are concerned about a man protecting our democracy. Biden??

  • Ocean Joe

    November 11, 2023 at 7:03 am

    Trump cannot be expected to know or remember anything unless it’s about himself.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 12, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Duh duh duh. Gets part RIGHT! The rest lies. Duh duh

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