Donald Trump angered a lot of Florida voters today by unnecessarily attacking Governor Ron DeSantis:
“Now that midterms are over, and a success,” Trump began, “NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the no longer great New York Post (bring back Col!), is all in for Governor Ron DeSanctimonious, an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations, who didn’t have to close up his State, but did, unlike other Republican Governors, whose overall numbers for a Republican, were just average—middle of the pack—including COVID, and who has the advantage of SUNSHINE, where people from badly run States up North would go no matter who the Governor was, just like I did!”https://resistthemainstream.org/trump-takes-a-big-shot-at-desantis-ron-desanctimonious-is-playing-games/
An “average” Governor? Nonsense. Until today many Florida Republicans were hoping DeSantis would stay out of the 2024 race because they love how he governs and refuses to be bullied by the press. He is like Trump when it comes to pushing back on a corrupt press, but DeSantis is more deft at it than Trump. DeSantis attacks on substance as opposed to acting like Triumph the Insult Dog.
I have been a defender of Donald Trump. I voted for him in 2020. As I have written before, a friend of mine in the intelligence community who briefed Trump, Obama and George W stated emphatically that, in contrast to the media portrayal of Trump as disinterested in the intelligence briefings, was the most engaged and asked the most pertinent questions of all the Presidents he had briefed over the years.
When it came to domestic and foreign policy, Trump generally was exemplary. The economy was strong. He delivered on his promise to reduce unemployment in the black community. He staunched the inflow of illegal immigrants flooding the southern border. Most importantly, he made the United States energy independent.
On the foreign policy front he reduced U.S. military adventures overseas, fostered a genuine relationship with North Korea and got them to stop firing missiles towards Japan, was respectful but tough with China, and brokered the opening of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. In the face of widespread opposition from Middle East experts and pundits, Trump delivered on a promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. He did something all of his predecessors had promised to do but never delivered.
Trump’s ability to improve relations with Russia were handcuffed by the phony claim ginned up by the Clinton campaign that Trump was colluding with Putin. That is a true tragedy for the world. The people of Ukraine would have been in a better place today if Trump had been free to work out a deal with the Russians.
The bad? Trump played a character on television as a business executive with a gift to select talented people to run business ventures and to fire incompetents. When given the reins of government in 2017, President Trump did a generally terrible job of selecting competent, loyal people for key positions. The list of disasters on this front is long–Jeff Sessions, Tony Fauci, Bill Barr, Reince Preibus, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense “Mad Dog” Mattis.
It remains to be seen if Trump is just trolling and entertaining himself by torturing the media or is serious about running again for the Presidency. I do not think there is anything he can do to alter the views of the anti-Trumpers. Trump is vulnerable if his opponents decide to focus on his role in producing the ineffective MRNA vaccines. The evidence of vaccine injury is mounting and I believe that going after Trump for failing to hold the pharmaceutical companies in check and ensure the safe health of the American public could be a fruitful line of attack.
Trump got away with attacking Little Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in 2016. Insulting a beloved Governor like DeSantis is plain stupid and counter productive. The political situation in the United States, even without a Donald Trump, is going to be chaotic over the next two years. Trump’s verbal assault on DeSantis just adds to the discord at a time when most voters want peace and tranquility.