Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that the primary difference between him and former President Donald Trump is that he’d clean house on day one.
He made the remarks during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“We will end the weaponization of government. And that’s, of course, a new FBI director on day one. That’s the difference between me and Donald Trump. He says the jury’s still out on FBI Director Wray. I think you need a new start on day one. We’re going to clean house at the Department of Justice,” he said.
“And, you know, I look back at the Hunter Biden censorship, which was a huge, huge deal to happen in the 2020 election. And yet, those were Donald Trump’s own agencies that were colluding with Big Tech. I would never allow that to happen. I would fire those people immediately,” he added.
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He continued by describing the successes he’s scored in Florida.
“In Florida we’ve signed legislation that prohibits all state and local government officials in our state from colluding with tech companies to try to censor the political speech of Americans,” he said.
Next, he called for there to be “one standard of justice” in America.
“Right now, if you’re connected to the D.C. elite — like Hunter Biden. I mean, look, if he was Republican, he would have been in jail years ago, and I think we all know that. But if you’re connected to the D.C. ruling class, you’re able to get away with conduct that the average American won’t,” he said.
“And so what we have is these institutions have been captured by one particular faction of our society, and they wield power against other factions that they don’t like. And so if you’re like a pro-life activist, you may have FBI agents swarm your house even though you said you would surrender voluntarily. And so people see that over and over again.”
And lastly, he listed what’s needed from a president to tackle these problems.
It requires a president that’s disciplined, a president that’s focused. You can’t get distracted on this. These people are not going to voluntarily give up the power that they’ve accumulated over many decades of neglect,” he said.
“I’ve shown in Florida the ability to get the job done. We’ve cleaned house in our state, whether it’s firing a Soros prosecutor in Tampa, removing a sheriff in Broward, we take the decisive actions necessary. But we gotta get it done this time. Because if we don’t get it done this time, it’s not going to happen,” he added.
His remarks prompted criticism:
— LindaRN (@LindaG_RN) July 9, 2023
DeSantis isn’t going to fire his Deep State friends, like Wray who Bush, Ron’s friend, first hired!
Swamp Rat DeSantis, likely recommended his long time friend and donor John Bolton, who Trump had to fire for being a warmonger! It’s likely why too, DeSantis floated recently,…
— Gracie Smith (@GraceSm16250397) July 9, 2023
So refreshing listening to RD.
— Blue Chickie ↙️ (@BlueChickie) July 9, 2023
This is was an excellent answer. In practical terms Desantis has very good ideas and he probably can implement them more effectively. I seriously doubt he can beat Trump now. We shall see….
— Louis Buchalter (@lepke2112) July 9, 2023
Earlier in the segment, host Maria Bartiromo questioned him about the state of his campaign, which both the media and Trump supporters have alleged is faltering and possibly already over.
“What’s going on with your campaign? There was a lot of optimism about you running for president earlier in the year. … What happened?!” she said.
“These are narratives. The media does not want me to be the nominee. I think that’s very, very clear. Why? Because they know I’ll beat Biden. But even more importantly, they know I will actually deliver on all these things,” DeSantis replied.
“We will stop the invasion at the border. We’ll take on the drug cartels. We’ll curtail the administrative state. We’ll get spending under control. We’ll do all the things that they don’t want to see done,” he added.
“I never expected to just snap fingers and all of a sudden, you know, you win seven months before anything happens. You got to earn it and you got to work. And it requires a lot of toil and tears and sweat. And we’re going to do that,” he concluded.
As of early July, DeSantis was polling at an average of 20.9 percent, down by over 30 points from Trump’s 53.0 percent, according to averages maintained by RealClearPolitics.
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