Chip Roy says Ron DeSantis ‘killing it’ on social media after leaving 2024 race

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The Texas Republican was a fixture at the Governor's presidential campaign events, and he likes what he sees right now.

The post-presidential campaign reinvention of Ron DeSantis is drawing rave reviews from one of his biggest campaign supporters.

During a Fox News Radio interview, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas praised the newly freewheeling social media presence, painting a picture of an invigorated Florida Governor with what host Will Cain called “way more personality than as a candidate.”

“He’s been knocking me out of the park since he’s suspended,” Roy said. “Now, for almost two weeks, 10 days, he’s just been killing, killing it on social media, you know,” citing his post about “Mason talking about football games” and how DeSantis urged that Somaliphilic Rep. Ilhan Omar “should be booted” from Congress.

Roy often interjected his comments during DeSantis campaign events during the doomed final stretch in Iowa, the only state that got to weigh in on the campaign. He suggested that the Governor was no match for the former President.

“He was running into the buzz saw, running into the wind of Donald Trump who is, you know, a spectacle into himself,” Roy said, describing the “20 to 1 earned media disadvantage” as being “difficult.”

“Like, just mathematically, you’re just, you’re having to run against that, and you have to make a call,” said Roy, who prefaced his remarks by saying he was “mindful of private conversations” with the Governor.

NBC News notes that DeSantis had a high burn rate on his now-shuttered campaign with a bloated staff and nearly $3 million in travel costs.

As 2023 closed, he had less than $10 million cash on hand, ahead of the final blitz in Iowa and the floundering before he suspended his campaign ahead of what would have been a humiliating loss in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, the 2023 campaign finance numbers for the Never Back Down super PAC that handled the logistics for dozens of DeSantis events are unavailable, and that will include more staff hires and travel costs, and other expenditures that didn’t lead to electoral success.

Perhaps a reinvented DeSantis, away from the buzz-saw of the former President, may have better luck down the road.

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


15 comments

  • My Take

    January 31, 2024 at 10:36 pm

    The moronics of a game show host.
    Of an infomercial.

    • MH/Duuuval

      February 1, 2024 at 10:14 pm

      Classic bully.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 31, 2024 at 10:54 pm

    Rhonda’s seeming appearance here as a “highly educated” right wing rambling commenters just about two days after he (susp)ended the Rhonda Campaign was both transparent and f-ing pathetic. Poor little Rhonda didn’t last one day here.

  • Taylor Swift 2028

    February 1, 2024 at 4:02 am

    “We MUsT stop tayLoR SWIFT’

    Each craven white Floridian.

    • Cindy

      February 1, 2024 at 8:16 am

      Ha ha ha! Scared of a young woman with a bright mind? She has more brains than ANY Republican I’ve ever known. Republican men just can’t handle it because she is smart, beautiful and rich . Do I detect a little jealousy? What a bunch of Morons!

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 2, 2024 at 8:50 am

      MAGA types refuse to be be happy and successful themselves, but do they really have to whine and complain so much about other people being happy and successful?

      I kind of felt bad for them, seeing clips of these people complaining about a happy successful young couple who are dating.

      And it’s so cute how they claim a HUGE conspiracy where a Biden endorsement is the end game.

      Ms Swift endorsed Biden in 2020. The G0P is, by most all accounts, putting up the same opponent this time who lost in 2020 and has done not one solitary thing to gain any new voters.

      The man has spent 3.5 years crying out loud about his 2020 loss, so they’re sending him to repeat it. ????

      The Biden endorsement from 2020 still applies. No need for a new one when it’s the same contest all over again, but now with 91 felony indictments added on 2020’s losing side.

      Dip sticks.

  • Tom

    February 1, 2024 at 7:25 am

    I was just reading that Desantis donated $6600 to Chip Roy in exchange for his support in Iowa. Given the $160MM Ronnies campaign blew through, Chip’s support was relatively cheap.
    And now we have Mr. “killing it on social media” who spent a fortune on his ground game of having people out knocking on doors in the dead of winter. Some people just have to learn everything the hard way I guess. What a numpty.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 2, 2024 at 8:52 am

      Nearly everyone who thinks they’re killing it on social media is, in reality, being killed by social media.

  • chip roy is a cartoon name

    February 1, 2024 at 8:13 am

    Rona may be “killing it on social media” but I don’t care. My tax dollars go to pay for Rona to do his job as Governor of Florida. He is AWOL. We are trying to live in peace, putting food on our family’s table and pay our property insurance bills. Rona could care less about us or our families. He is all about his own power, and has a “let them eat cake” attitude. I wish Rona would move to Texas and cozy up with Chip Roy.

    • rick whitaker

      February 1, 2024 at 1:26 pm

      chip roy, what a joke.

  • Michael K

    February 1, 2024 at 9:23 am

    I’m going to venture that the people behind the $160 million Rhonda burned through without winning a single Iowa county also feel he’s “killing it,” though not in the way Rhonda or Chipper expects. He’s now just another angry old white man yelling at the kids to get off his lawn (even though his “lawn” is public housing). Besides, that bitter little Ms. Pushaw runs his social media, not Rhonda themself.

  • FortmyersLena

    February 1, 2024 at 11:37 am

    florida where freedom goes to die, except the freedom for bigotry

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 1, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Everything is bigger in Texas — especially the fools elected to represent the wealthy and powerful. Chip talks like a Populist, but we can be sure he is in the pocket of the energy lobby, etc.

  • Susan B

    February 2, 2024 at 7:22 am

    Stop it … just stop. Congressman Chip Roy of Texas is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, and Governor Ron DeSantis was one of its founding members. $6,600? Please.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 2, 2024 at 9:16 am

      $6,660 is spare change, huh? How much was Iowa’s Governor Kim Reynolds paid for her Rhonda endorsement?

      If $6,600 is spare change, her payment must have been quite a bit more than $6,600.

      More importantly, however, how much of the Cheap Roy and Gov Reynolds payments (and numerous other payments, I bet) came from the Florida state treasury?

      Did any of the un-hush money at all come from Florida’s taxpayers? A quarter of it? One third? Half? 80%? All of it? Who knows! The legislature knows. That’s who.

      How much conversion of state of Florida’s money to personal campaign purposes does Ron have to hide? None or a ton?

      If there is anything to be hidden, that’ll be hiding that the legislature can hold over Ron’s head as needed for the next couple years.

      Ron rendered himself impotent as Flop Gov when he accepted that “gift” of personal exemption from the Sunshine law. He fell for it hook line and sinker. He might as well resign now before they expose any spending he might have, well, MUST have done.

      I say “must have done” because why accept such a shady exemption from the Sunshine law if you’re not definitely planning to use it?

      Maybe DeSantis should have joined the chess club instead of the baseball team. He might have learned how trap strategy works. Instead, he thinks traps just happen when somebody running the bases miscalculates others’ ball handing.

      Most traps are set and sprung. And Rhonda appears to have been completely sprung.

      Poor Ron doesn’t even realize Chip saying Ron’s been “killing it on social media” is Chip mocking him for his total failure.

      Everybody but Ron hears “Maybe Ron’s not the GOP’s candidate for the US Presidency like he so badly wanted, but he, uhhh, he’s totally killing it on social media!”

      Rhonda you go, girl. You kill it on social media!
      LOL @ Rhonda

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