Florida Governor Ron DeSantis denied that his presidential campaign is in trouble and discussed other key topics during a wide-ranging interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier that aired on Monday.
In the extended sit-down with the conservative network anchor, DeSantis defended his record, touted his handling of the COVID pandemic, criticized the Bidens and the two-tiered system of justice, and pushed back against the lies told by Vice President Kamala Harris about the new history teaching standards in the Sunshine State.
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DeSantis has been the subject of an onslaught of negative media as his foes attempt to either knock him out of the race before it even begins or to severely hobble his chances to win the nomination, none more so than former President Donald J. Trump, his top GOP rival and the governor completely rejected the idea that his White House bid is in trouble after he recently cut staff.
With the interview coming on the day that Hunter Biden’s former business partner Devon Archer testified to members of Congress, the first topic was the presidential son and the disparity in treatment that he has received in comparison to Trump and other conservatives by the federal law enforcement apparatus.
“Well, this is why we say there’s two standards of justice,” the governor said. ‘If Hunter were a Republican, he’d be in jail by now.’
“You look at all this smoke. And yet the FBI – Where’s the search warrants? Where’s the grand jury? Where’s the aggressiveness that they’ve shown going after some Republicans?” DeSantis asked. “You just don’t see it.”
“Including former President Trump,” he said after Baier brought up his name. “I mean they went through everything they could to get any piece of information, they’re not doing that with Hunter, of course, they didn’t do it with Hillary back in 2016… look at all the possible crimes.”
“I mean Hunter, he’s selling paintings? For over a million dollars? You know my six-year-old daughter does better paintings than him,” he continued. “Maybe we’ll put ours up and see what kind of thing she confesses…I don’t think we’re going to get a million dollars on it.”
The topic soon turned to his campaign and the narrative that he’s already doomed to fail despite the first primaries still being months away.
Responding to Baier’s question on if the campaign is going the way he envisioned it to, DeSantis stated that as a leader, “You put out a commander’s intent and you delegate for people to do it and then you evaluate, and if it’s not up to what you want, then you just make adjustments.”
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“Everything you do needs to have a return on the investment,” he explained, adding, “If there isn’t value in it, then I get changes and then that’s just the reality of what you have to do. So, I’m not a political operative. I’m not a campaign professional. You set out the vision, and you execute on it and if it’s not being executed, you just have to course correct.”
When Trump’s vicious attacks on him came up, DeSantis shrugged them off, recalling to Baier how the nation’s 45th president allowed the bureaucrats to run the show during the pandemic.
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“I fought his administration,” DeSantis stated. “To keep our state open. To have kids in school. Fauci, the task force, all those people, they were sending me missives, even January of 2021, right before he left office, his task force was telling us in Florida to close and so he didn’t have control over his own government.”
“He didn’t have control over Fauci. Fauci ran that government his last year in office,” he added. “Trump should have fired him, he did not do that. He elevated Fauci and he made Fauci an international celebrity…”
In response to the veep and her big lie about the new Florida curriculum and the false claim that she continues to make that it presents slavery as having beneficial to slaves, which some Republicans have parroted, DeSantis pushed back.
“We didn’t pick the fight, Bret,” he pointed out. “Kamala Harris got on a jet at taxpayer expense and flew to Florida to lie about the African American history standards that were developed.”
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“Why is this important, though? You can’t bend the knee to the left’s lies,” DeSantis continued. “When the left lies and creates these phony narratives, you’ve got to push back. They’ve been doing this to Republicans for years and years. Republicans bend the knee, and it’s just one thing after another.”
“Harris comes in and parachutes,” he said, referring to the veep’s speech in Jacksonville last week, adding, “What Republicans should have done is pushed back against her, say, ‘You are operating in bad faith. These guys down in Florida – they didn’t have an agenda. They were just trying to shoot straight.’ We know what the left does.”
“Republicans, you can not take that bait, you’ve got to fight back against these people,” DeSantis added.
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