Report: Ron DeSantis to speak at Republican National Convention after all
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The Governor's precise slot is unknown yet.

It appears the rapprochement between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis may be real after all.

As multiple sources are reporting, with NBC News first, Florida’s Governor will offer remarks, contradicting previous reporting that he would not be speaking.

DeSantis was slated to be at next week’s event in Milwaukee, but up until now he seemed slated for lower-profile events off the main stage. These include a Moms For Liberty panel and a keynote speech at a Republican Party of Florida breakfast, as well as the “Southern States Fest” event, where he and other Sunbelt Governors are slated to appear.

DeSantis, who buried the hatchet with Trump after underperforming in the Iowa Caucus, had already committed to help the former President raise funds. DeSantis’ fundraising goal was previously said to be an effort to help Trump’s operation get a $10 million boost.

The unity meeting between the Governor and the nominee, held this Spring, included discussion of personal issues, the Florida Governor told Fox News viewers.

“A lot of it was just connecting about things,” DeSantis told Sean Hannity. “I mean, look: he’s a dad, he’s got a kid going to college. I’m a dad. I’ve got three young kids in the household. He’s concerned about how my wife was doing. Obviously, she had a cancer scare a couple of years ago. So it was just a good meeting and a good conversation.”

“The meeting was fine, went long, ended with a handshake,” asserted one-time DeSantis ally Susie Wiles to Florida Politics after the two politicians met. “They discussed the full range of policy issues and politics, too. Ron’s role in the campaign is yet to be determined, but he was clear that he wanted to help in every way he could.”

What’s clear now: Trump is willing to have DeSantis help in a more prominent role than expected previously, a good sign for the Governor and an indication that the rancor of the primary season is relegated to the dustbin of history.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    July 10, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    If his garbled string of oddly selected words can really be called speaking.

    • My Pronoun Is?

      July 10, 2024 at 1:22 pm

      Really Chicken Little? Let’s put him and Joe on a debate stage and watch Joe collapse.

  • My Pronoun Is?

    July 10, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    He should speak there. He is a rising star in the Republican Party. Go get em Governor.

    • Dr. Franklin Waters

      July 10, 2024 at 3:13 pm

      He sounds like an angry Kermit the Frog and his campaign for President was a spectacular failure. His approval rating as governor is now underwater too. But sure, “rising star”.
      Whatever you say kid.

      • Impeach Biden

        July 10, 2024 at 3:23 pm

        Are you a real MD or a phony PHD? DeSantis would win again as Governor if he could run. Why do you have to list your title anyway?

        • rick whitaker

          July 12, 2024 at 10:26 am

          howler monkey, dr. franklin waters laid it out for you, do you still not understand just how bad the county thinks about desantis? he’s a national laughing stock.

  • My Take

    July 10, 2024 at 1:22 pm

    They ought to clear his intended speech and require that it be on a teleprompter.

  • Elvis Pitts "THE BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    July 10, 2024 at 1:39 pm

    Told y’all,
    You heard it first from me. DeSantis is gonna be the VPOTUS. Trump’s recent comment that “Marco being a Florida Resident may be Problematic for Marco to be his VPOTUS was just Trump throwing a curve ball at The Chumps.
    Ron DeSantis our Next VPOTUS!!!!
    You heard it First from Elvis Pitts American.
    *I’m just gonna go ahead and throw this in your face “TOLD YA SO” EPA*

  • Tom

    July 10, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    So tiny d is going to prostrate himself in front of king trump. Hard to imagine that they all play the tough guy then bend over so quickly. Comes from having no character I guess.

    • My Pronoun Is?

      July 10, 2024 at 2:05 pm

      DeSantis is a patriot. Did you serve or are you a waterboy?

      • Ron DeFascist

        July 10, 2024 at 3:15 pm

        Ron DeSantis is certainly NOT a patriot. He’s the furthest thing from that.

        A Patriot serves and respects all of their people. DeSantis only cares about appeasing his base, while actually going out of his way to stoke culture war BS against the rest.

        He’s a piece of UnAmerican filthy, actually. And so are his supporters.

      • Michael K

        July 10, 2024 at 8:36 pm

        Your pronoun is multiple screennames AKA Ms Psahaw – a troll paid in rubles and Trump bibles.

        • Not Woke

          July 11, 2024 at 8:14 am

          Hey Nepotism Mike, what was the currency paid to Hunter while he sat on the BOD at Burisma? Remember Putin invaded Ukraine while Joe was sleeping. He’s been sleeping for nearly four years now.

  • Frankie M.

    July 10, 2024 at 2:38 pm

    They’d be better off letting Casey speak instead of Ron. She’s easier on the eyes & her voice isn’t as nasally.

  • Frankie M.

    July 10, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    Will Ron be wearing duct tape over his mouth or is this more of a ventriloquist type deal?

    • My Pronoun Is?

      July 10, 2024 at 2:55 pm

      Another waterboy comes forward. Lots of benchwarmers.

      • Frankie M.

        July 10, 2024 at 3:16 pm

        Blink twice if you’re ok.

        • My Pronoun Is?

          July 10, 2024 at 3:24 pm


          • Frankie M.

            July 10, 2024 at 5:23 pm

            I’m gonna request a wellness check for you, Ronnie, lil Marco. & the rest of the Republican party suffering from DTSS aka Donald Trump Stockholm. Syndrome.

          • Frankie M.

            July 11, 2024 at 3:49 pm

            POG, fobbit…I can play this game all day. Or maybe you’re just a loser like those guys buried in Normandy. That’s what Trump called them. How do we know this? He said the same thing about POW John McCain. But tell us more about your service that means so much to Trump.

  • Paul Passarelli

    July 10, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    An open letter to:
    President Donald Trump, Governor Ron DeSantis, Senator Marco Rubio, Ambassador Al Hoffman.

    It is my sincere wish to serve as the next Secretary of Energy. The Department of Energy has failed in its mandate to make the US energy independent. There are a hundred or more reasons that has happened. I am prepared to take the impact as the tip of the spear does when it hits.

    It is my intention to reorganize the failed portions of the DOE, which includes absorbing the EPA which has done more as the “Economic Prevention Agency” than it has accomplished protecting the environment. I would also unify a number of energy projects that are under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior for unknown & confusing reasons.

    I consider myself uniquely qualified to assume the role, because of my deep familiarity with all things energy. I can converse expertly with the eggheads at the carious National Laboratories, as well as the military men that are entrusted with the nuclear arsenal. I can interact with economists & political pundits, to explain & defend my decisions & policies. I am ready to comb through the volumes of inhibitory regulations aka Red Tape that prevent industry from operating efficiently, and I will squelch the long list of failed programs that have wasted BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars.

    In the areas of infrastructure, there is a 5 decade backlog of nuclear reactors that would provide affordable energy, and salve the complaints of the environmental nut-jobs. Going forward the taming of thermonuclear fusion is the real solution to the hydrogen economy, not bottling up dangerous vapors which carry less than 1/3rd of the energy of natural gas.

    And while there will be costs associated with the cleanup & *permanent* containment of almost eight decades worth of nuclear wastes, it is too important to leave that particular blemish to the fates. It’s only a matter of time before some long forgotten dump leaking radiation has truly devastating consequences.

    Besides the economic benefits the nation will enjoy from a revitalized infrastructure, I’ll pay for most of the rest by *ELIMINATING* fraud, waste, and abuse, which is rampant in so many DOE projects. If their misguided efforts to promote the original DOE mandate, they have lost sight of the most critical aspect of engineering excellence. They’ve forgotten how to distinguish between ‘merit’ & ‘bullshit’.

    Again, as the tip of the spear, I will drain the swamp. I will clean house, starting from the top rungs of the bureaucracy ladder. Those that support the mission will remain & be rewarded, those that are dead weight will lose their seats. It will be up to them to get out of the way or be crushed under the wheels of the juggernaut.

    Many people advocate for the elimination of government agencies like the DOE, and others. Precisely because they have become unwieldy. My plan is *NOT* part of this “Agenda 25” nonsense. Since 2010 I have been a registered Libertarian. In 2012 I ran for the US Senate following Senator Joe Lieberman’s announcement not to seek another term. As an “L”, I believe in *SMALL* government, not no government and certainly not a partisan government with unchecked power.

    As a political outsider, my appointment to the Secretary of Energy position would go far to demonstrate that Agenda 25 is off the table. As a hard-core engineer, technophile & even futurist, my appointment to head the DOE would show that merit & drive, not politics & favoritism, are the key factors for dragging the economy & the nation out of the Bidenflation & economic doldrums.

    Eight decades ago The Manhattan Project lead by Dr. Robert Oppenheimer & General Leslie Groves did the impossible. The focused the nation to tame the awful power of nature for a specific goal. Six decades ago, JFK challenged NASA, which went from lagging behind the Soviets on every major milestone, to land men on the moon and bring them safely home. Nothing in my adult lifetime comes close. Since I was a small boy, hydrogen fusion has been from 50-75 years away. Well, it’s been 50+ years, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about protons binding to form helium.

    Gentlemen, I implore you. Give me the reigns to the DOE, I won’t disappoint.


    Paul Passarelli

    • Frankie M.

      July 10, 2024 at 3:16 pm


    • Breaking news: you’re not going to be nominated!

      July 11, 2024 at 4:30 pm

      You want “reins,” not “reigns.” You aren’t trying to be king, are you?

      • Paul Passarelli

        July 11, 2024 at 9:30 pm

        @Breaking news:…,
        Would my consideration for the position frighten you?

        Do you think Jenifer Granholm is doing a good job? Let’s be fair. do you think Rick Perry did a good job? How about Moniz? Has there ever been a holder of the position that has done a good job?

        I’m not asking for the job because I want to be anybody at the DOE’s favorite boss. Quite the opposite. You see, every single applicant for the role sees it as a stepping stone to further advancement. I see it as a terminal promotion; i.e. the last role one will ever be expected to hold. That’s not to say I’d perform the job recklessly. I would dedicate my entire life force to succeeding.

        You may think that I’m humble-bragging, but I’m not. The DOE is objectively one of the most complicated departments in government in terms of the scope of the technical items they are charged with handling. And aside from the Federal Bureaucracy, I may be one of the few people alive that is knowledgeable and can instantly digest ***EVERY*** aspect of what the department has its fingers in.

        My position is that the small shortcoming of not being a DC insider is much less of a handicap than being ignorant of the science. When you’re the in the Cabinet, no one who values their career will get too anal about the occasional bureaucratic protocol error. But they will (history proves it) put proposals in front of you knowing that if they can bullshit there way through the PowerPoint(tm) presentation, their career is set.

        That’s my SuperPower, and I intend to use it daily. I’m going to comb the department, and when I find bullshit, I’m going to put an end to it. And no, that doesn’t mean I’m going to be a Luddite and put a stop to academic research. Don’t insult both of our intelligences by suggesting that I would. But I will *END* foolish pursuits, e.g “Solyndra”, “Green Hydrogen” and preempt all the the next foolish pork barrel project that cross my desk.

        Is my nomination a long shot? Yes. You are probably correct on your assertion. But if I can get noticed, and tested, and the position isn’t already promised to someone else as political payback… Well, I’ll send you a signed portrait on DOE letterhead.

        No hard feelings.

    • rick whitaker

      July 12, 2024 at 10:20 am

      paul, you are a nutcase, sorry to inform you if you didn’t already know.

  • My Take

    July 10, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    Woke woke woke
    Drag queens
    Ban the books
    Slavery had informal trade schools
    WE (white people) will write the school history texts.
    So much to cover.

    • Not Woke

      July 10, 2024 at 5:06 pm



    • Frankie M.

      July 10, 2024 at 8:51 pm

      Sounds legit

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 10, 2024 at 5:08 pm

    Sign in Milwaukee window:
    Welcome US Taliban! The MAGA party is your party now and you all can use your guns to secure your women and your goons to silence folks who just want to be left alone.

    • MH/Duuuval

      July 10, 2024 at 8:41 pm

      Watch for Matt at the convention:
      “When you see sodomy running rampant, when you see women in government, when you see men behaving like effeminate little squirrels, judgment is in the land,” Matthew Trewhella said during a 2020 sermon.

      Trewhella gained his newfound acceptance with a self-published 2013 book, “The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates, and his anti-abortion provocations. [Lesser magistrates, such as constitutional sheriffs, that is, self-styled “deciders” who claim to rule their counties — outside their elected offices.]

  • KathrynA

    July 11, 2024 at 7:49 am

    I wasn’t planning on watching any of the MAGA, QAnon, Project 2925 clown show anyway and now, we add our own special clown to the mix! The one who denies such a thing as black history, climate change and covid and other indisputable subjects and takes away our daily freedoms in every way possible and tries to micromanage the entire state and has taken away power of local government, but still says it’s the land of the free! What a joke’

    • Not Woke

      July 11, 2024 at 8:11 am

      You are free to leave if you like. 🤣

      • Ocean Joe

        July 11, 2024 at 4:20 pm

        I think she makes a good point. Desantis can brag at the convention how he blocked local laws to protect workers from the heat, while Trump brags about eliminating Osha and federal laws to do the same. These two fat slobs live indoors except when Trump comes out to cheat at golf.

    • My Take

      July 11, 2024 at 4:31 pm

      Except for some agricultural and industrial reorganization matters, DeScumtis would be comfortably in charge of Bulgaria in 1954.

  • KathrynA

    July 11, 2024 at 11:40 am

    I hope to while I’m still “free” to do so’

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 11, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    Probably won’t be must-see TV, but any live event — if there are any — might provide some entertainment.

    Looks like Trump Is using Ozempic in preparation for his semi-coronation.

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 11, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    Hunter with Burisma earned $11, which was shared with company.

    Jared Kushner is reportedly making millions “advising” investors who are borrowing from Jared’s $2 billion investment firm, the money fronted to him by MBS, the butcher of Saudi Arabian journalists.

    • MH/Duuuval

      July 12, 2024 at 12:08 pm

      $11 million

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 11, 2024 at 10:16 pm

    July 1, 1973 the all-volunteer US military was inaugurated and, except for earlier-era draftees, only volunteers have served since.

    Military service in the days of conscription was one thing: You went in or else.

    People who volunteer make that choice. Our job as taxpayers is to see the government lives up to the stipulations in the contract signed by the volunteer.

    Military volunteers are like any other group of individuals who would run towards danger, such as firefighters or cops. They want to do this — no one forced them to do it.

    In short: It’s a job, or calling, or vocation, or career. And, it offers the individual no additional virtue after their career is over. Except, of course, to their colleagues in arms — which is as it should be.

    Did you serve? is an irrelevant question in a era of voluntary military service.

    • rick whitaker

      July 12, 2024 at 10:41 am

      mh/duuval, there is a hybrid position on the conscription issue. when my draft date was picked, i knew that not long after that i would be drafted into the army infantry. so even though i had an antiwar stance, i joined the navy thinking that it would be both safer than the army and have more educational opportunities. so even though i joined, i didn’t really want to. BTW, i was wrong about the navy being safer. my family was poor, so the educational benefits of being in the service helped a lot. thank you uncle sam. so, the draft or joining, is about the same for a poor kid.

      • MH/Duuuval

        July 12, 2024 at 12:11 pm

        You went for the carrot and not the stick, that is, pick your branch and add an extra year of service.The alternative was to let Uncle Sam own you for 18 months.

        Where I live there are retired Navy chiefs everywhere and most are competent and useful. The retired admirals and etc. not so much.

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