Rep. Ron DeSantis cruised to a easy win in the Republican primary for governor of Florida, with his big win being as much a victory for President Donald Trump, who heartily endorsed the candidate, as it was for himself.
A frequent guest on the Fox News Channel, the candidate gave a shout out to Sean Hannity in his acceptance speech, along with Mark Levin, who has a weekend show on the network.
“I want to thank all the volunteers,” DeSantis said. “All the people out there banging on the doors, showing up at our events. We had great surrogates. [State Rep.] Matt Gates was out on the road. Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. I was endorsed early on when people said I didn’t have a chance.”
In noting that he is “not always the most of popular guy in D.C.,” DeSantis thanked President Trump.
“But I did have some support from someone who lives in the white House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said. “I want to thank him for his support and entrusting me and viewing me as somebody who could be a great leader for Florida. So thank you, Mr. President.”
Speaking of Fox News, DeSantis appeared on “The Ingraham File” following his win.
Host Laura Ingraham asked DeSantis about his “hard left” opponent in November, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gilliam, who shocked the state in prevailing in the Democratic primary — she noted that not only was Gillum endorsed by democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, but that his campaign received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Democrat donors George Soros and Tom Steyer.
“He is the most liberal candidate that the Democratic Party has ever nominated in the state of Florida by a country mile in a governor’s race,” DeSantis said. “He wants to abolish ICE, he wants a billion dollar tax increase, he wants a single-payer health care system in Florida which would bankrupt the state.”
The Republican nominee then dropped an epic line: “I’m trying to make Florida even better, he wants to make Florida Venezuela.”
“But he also combines a far-left ideology with managerial incompetence. As mayor of Tallahassee, his tenure has been absolutely disastrous,” he continued. “Tallahassee is one of, if not the most crime-ridden city in all of Florida — year after year, rising crime. He’s embroiled in a lot of corruption scandals.
“This guy can’t even run the city of Tallahassee, there’s no way Florida voters can entrust him with our entire state.”
Leave it to the “future” of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the nicely wrapped, dim-witted democratic socialist from New York, to prove DeSantis right, as she congratulated Gillum on Twitter.
“The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight. Gillum ran on Medicare for All, Legalizing Marijuana,
#AbolishICE & more. Thank you, Florida voters!” she tweeted.
The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight.
Gillum ran on Medicare for All, Legalizing Marijuana, #AbolishICE & more.
Thank you, Florida voters!
On to November 💪🏽💜 https://t.co/8keyzxVmcf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 29, 2018
DeSantis had a great response to Ocasio-Cortez aligning with Gillum.
“We have people who in Florida who have fled socialist countries like Cuba and Venezuela, they don’t want that imported into Florida.,” he said. “We also have people who flee from left-wing policies in states like New York and Connecticut, and they don’t want that imported into Florida.”
President Trump also dinged Gillum in a tweet, calling him a “failed socialist mayor.”
“Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream….a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!” he tweeted.
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