Still the boss: DeSantis squashes attempt to have Florida taxpayers pay Trump’s legal bills

Not so fast. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) may have exited the 2024 presidential race but he served up a stark reminder Monday that he’s still the boss in the Sunshine State.

Politico reported that “some” Florida Republicans wanted to use taxpayer money to assist Donald Trump financially with his mounting legal fees as the former president battles multiple court challenges at the hands of Democrat prosecutors.

But DeSantis squashed their dream without hesitation, responding to a tweet from the political outlet: “But not the Florida Republican who wields the veto pen…”

Politico had reported: “State Sen. Ileana Garcia, a Miami Republican who endorsed Trump’s reelection, has filed a bill for this year’s legislative session that could allow the state to hand out up to $5 million to the embattled Republican front-runner for president. The legislation has already won the endorsement from Jimmy Patronis, the state’s Republican chief financial officer, who for months has been publicly calling for taxpayers to pay to defend Trump from criminal charges.”

After DeSantis put his boot down, lifts or not, showing he’s still a force to be reckoned with for another two years, Garcia beat a hasty retreat.

“This bill was filed on January 5th amidst a crowded primary, including two Florida residents,” Garcia responded to DeSantis. “My concern was the political weaponization against conservative candidates, and while @JimmyPatronis brought me this bill at a time when all candidates were committing to campaign through the primary, one frontrunner now remains, and he can handle himself. I will be withdrawing the bill.”

For good measure, the Trump supporter blocked replies to her tweet.

Fellow Trump supporters who spent the primary attacking DeSantis in all sorts of vile manner took a break from calling for unity to attack DeSantis some more… in all sorts of vile manner:

On the other hand, Floridians not eager to be on the hook for a politician’s legal bills were quick to thank Gov. DeSantis.

Here’s a quick sampling of some of those responses, as seen on X:

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