Tit for tat? Ron DeSantis floats striking Joe Biden from Florida ballot

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The Governor suggests that the President's border policy could be a cause for action.

Ron DeSantis is weighing in on the exclusion of Donald Trump from the Maine presidential ballot, suggesting that President Joe Biden could be justifiably subject to similar sanction in Florida.

“Well obviously, to have one executive branch official unilaterally striking someone off the ballot is not an appropriate interpretation of the 14th Amendment,” DeSantis said Friday on Fox News.

In Florida, what, are we going to have Biden struck off the ballot because he’s allowed an invasion of 8 million people, including enemy nations have sent people in? This could just be, end up being a tit for tat.”

Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, an appointed Democrat, announced her decision Thursday. She said Trump’s “false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters” was a means to “direct them to the Capitol to prevent certification of the 2020 election and the peaceful transfer of power.”

DeSantis doesn’t expect that decision to stand.

“I think it’ll get reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. I think it’s more of a stunt that you have a very liberal person in that position, who’s just trying to play for cheap clicks. But ultimately, I don’t think it’s grounded in a proper interpretation of the Constitution,” he said Friday.

The Florida Governor qualified for the Maine ballot last month, and he led active candidates not named Trump in the sole poll of the race, taken back in June. So at least in theory, he could benefit from a Trump-free ballot in the state’s open Primary.

Regardless of what happens, expect DeSantis to compete. When Trump was excluded from the Colorado ballot, the Governor said he had no intention of standing down in that election. Though he wasn’t asked Friday about a boycott of Maine, presumably the same condition holds true there.

Friday was the first time DeSantis specifically said Florida could strike Biden, though he mentioned the concept more abstractly during a Thursday interview on Fox.

“The idea that one bureaucrat in an executive position can simply unilaterally disqualify someone from office, that turns on its head every notion of constitutional due process that this country has always abided by for over 200 years,” he said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It opens up Pandora’s box. Can you have a Republican Secretary of State disqualify Biden from the ballot because he’s let in 8 million people illegally in a massive invasion, including from enemies of our country? Places like Iran, China and the Middle East have poured in with his knowledge and assent basically. So it really opens up Pandora’s box.”

Ironically, Florida Democrats will exclude Biden opponents from this year’s Primary ballot, given the failure of the campaigns to show up at a state convention this year for nomination purposes. DeSantis has maintained silence on that decision, however.

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


20 comments

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    December 29, 2023 at 5:57 pm

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  • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Everything" American

    December 29, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Good evening America,
    Of course Lunch Box Joe wont understand what Ron, “The Ronald’s” plans to delete Joe from the Florida Ballot will mean because Joe’s too €ffin old to understand anything except “hey its time to change me adult diaper …. its full again”.
    HOWEVER:
    Joe’s handlers (how ya doing Barak?) will have a fit.
    This should be fun to watch
    AS A SIDE-BAR:
    America, have you noticed any other Govornors proposing to have Joe removed from Their State’s Ballot?
    NO, No you have not.
    America that goes back to the fact none of the other Republican Govornors have big “Bull Of The Woods Gonads” like Ron and Earl have.
    IN CLOSING:
    Relax your Sphincters America, Ron and Earl got this.
    Earl Pitts Anerican
    *FREE BUMPER STICKER*
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    • RockinNana2-9

      December 30, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      What a stupid post.

  • Michael K

    December 29, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    On what grounds, exactly? For someone who claims to be a Yale/Harvard-educated lawyer and historian, he’s sure bereft of facts and knowledge of the US Constitution.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 29, 2023 at 9:45 pm

      So you bring up the Constitution. How about Article 4? Do you think Texas, Arizona, NM is being protected from invasion? Where is our esteemed Border Czar? Impeach both Dumb and Dumber (Biden & Harris) now.

      • Michael K

        December 29, 2023 at 10:11 pm

        What has the US Congress done to address bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform? The US Constitution delegates that power to the Congress.

        Republicans in Congress are not serious about a solution they just want a bogeyman to drum up angertainment and slogans.

        • SteveHC

          December 29, 2023 at 11:19 pm

          – Correct.

        • My Take

          December 30, 2023 at 12:58 am

          angertainment
          ======
          ! ! !

        • Impeach Biden

          December 30, 2023 at 7:13 am

          How soon you “Dumb & Dumber” (Biden / Harris) cheerleaders forget the executive orders “Dementia” Joe signed his first day in office. That sent a worldwide signal that the Southern Border is now open. Millions of illegals have crossed since then under his incompetent leadership. He has also made the cartels very wealthy. Maybe the “Big Guy” is getting a piece of that action.

          • PeterH

            December 30, 2023 at 5:35 pm

            You seem to forget that the Supreme Court gave Trump’s policy of limited immigration exclusion a “temporary fix” until COVID was under control. Stop pretending to be intelligent!

          • MH/Duuuval

            December 30, 2023 at 10:16 pm

            You overlook the fortunes being made by the gun industry and gunrunners selling firearms south of the border. Not just to Mexico, but also the Emerald Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) which has been sending the most migrants here this year.

        • Tom

          December 30, 2023 at 8:06 am

          That’s kind of my take. It’s been a problem since the 1960’s and Congress has not done much of anything on immigration reform. I’d be inclined to ask rhonda what he did about it while in the house but I already know the answer. I’d be happy to see a two year moratorium on immigration while they figure this crap out and staff up appropriately to manage it but that’s just me.

          • MH/Duuuval

            December 31, 2023 at 11:48 am

            Po folks all over the world are on the move, and unless you want to resort to violence, they’re headed our way, too.

            In so many instances, the hordes heading this way from the south are the consequence of US imperialism since the Monroe Doctrine. Currently a thriving market in gun-running has helped destabilize many of our neighbors — another US export.

  • An angry mother

    December 29, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    I agree.

  • Andy

    December 30, 2023 at 12:43 am

    You’ll never win if you burn all of Florida’s ballots!

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 30, 2023 at 5:31 am

    I read in horror the desperation in the Desantis campaign! Florida lives and breathes by the US Constitution ! Boy Desantis you are pathetic. Get out Desantis !

  • woke

    December 30, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Way to go Rona, tearing down our democracy and destroying our union. We hate you and your quest to destroy our Nation. STFU

  • MH/Duuuval

    December 30, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    More droll raillery from Dee — the sort of patter he learned in locker rooms.

  • PeterH

    December 30, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    1. The Justice Department is not part of, or a functioning body of the Executive Branch!

    2. Only Congress has the authority to write legislation and new laws to alter or change existing immigration rules that the executive branch must follow.

    3. Current immigration law allows ANYONE to step into our country at the border with Mexico, Canada or arrive by jet on an international flight…… and request asylum. That single individual’s request then initiates a day in court and an immigration lawyer’s assistance.

    4. Ron DeSantis sat in the US House of Representatives for years and like most other Republicans, excluding Lindsey Graham, did absolutely NOTHING to change current immigration policies!

    • MH/Duuuval

      December 30, 2023 at 10:20 pm

      Good idea for everyone — including MAGAmites — to review numbers 2 and 3.

      The last time Congress got anywhere near a deal on the border George W. Bush was President — and he had bigger fish to fry, turns out.

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