The GOP’s top two candidates received a heaping helping of “free advice” that both “will probably be unhappy about,” as suspected flaws in their campaigns were called out by one Fox News host.
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Whether looking at polling or perception, former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are far and away considered to be the most likely Republicans to pick up the 2024 presidential nomination. To that end, Fox News host Laura Ingraham offered some unsolicited constructive criticism Friday, reminding that the main objective has always been to defeat President Joe Biden.
The self-aware segment during “The Ingraham Angle” began with the host noting, “Both will probably be unhappy, but there you have it,” before first taking aim at DeSantis.
“They don’t want to hear a litany of Florida accomplishments, as great as they are,” she waded in. “They want to know that you’re going to be able to defeat Biden on the issue that is number one: the economy.”
“So talk about the economy. What are your specific solutions to protect American jobs and bring down the price of energy?” Ingraham asked before injecting a take on optics. “Smile, also. Have fun out there. Don’t be afraid to show your personality and ask the people what’s on their minds. I promise you, it will not be Disney or Bud Light.”
Prior to the host’s suggestions, the governor had taken action in Florida, once again linking culture war concerns with measurable economic results as he called for a review to defend the state pension fund from boycotted beer company, Anheuser-Busch InBev.
In a letter to his State Board of Administration, DeSantis sought to protect “retirees of Florida from losses attributable to AB InBev’s disregard of those duties,” pertaining to shareholders.
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Ingraham then turned to the onetime commander-in-chief to suggest, “And as for President Trump, keep your eye on the prize: 270 electoral votes. Everything you say, everything you do should be geared to winning in the states you need to win. This should be a 50-state campaign for America.”
“Attacking popular Republican governors or senators in battleground states is more than unwise,” she chided. “It’s self-destructive. Why do it?”
“Voters in a general election want to vote for a winner, not a whiner,” her earnest critique went on. “So, please, for the love of God, stop talking about 2020. That will not bring a single voter out to support you who didn’t support you before. You need to grow the pot, not shrink it.”
Of course, in addition to having a trial date set for the federal case related to his handling of documents marked classified for May 20, 2024, reports indicated that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has “developed evidence to charge a sprawling racketeering indictment next month” regarding alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the state of Georgia.
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However, Ingraham didn’t merely suggest Trump take it on the chin. Her advice went on to include a way to rise above the incumbent as she suggested he, “Be magnanimous and be the elder statesman that Biden is not; obviously capable of it. ”
The main point from the host was to “reassure people” as the president’s policies had worked in his administration and will “work again.”
Meanwhile, she concluded, “The Democrats are banking on these trials and they’re banking on a distracted electorate to pull Biden over the finish line. Hey guys, let’s not let ’em get away with that.”
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