In Florida’s one and only director of jurisdiction debate on Monday night, Representative Charlie Crist knocked Governor Ron DeSantis over. 2024 presidential ambition — criticize him for conduct a conservative crusade with the hope of achieving MAGA street credit.
DeSantis’ response was… to spend the evening derailing the person this Republican could face in two years: President Joe Biden.
“Charlie Crist voted with Joe Biden 100% of the time,” began DeSantis, when first asked about the gas price hike.
“We have The worst inflation in 40 years… thanks to Biden-Crist policies,” he said, addressing Florida’s soaring home insurance costs.
On inflation: “We know that these are the effects of the Biden-Crist policies.”
On Illegal Immigration: “All That’s Happening Under the Biden Administration.”
The gimmick opens him up to Crist’s incessant taunts, a former Republican governor who switched to the Democratic Party many years ago and is now a congressman.
“Ron, you talk about Joe Biden a lot. I understand. You thought you would go against him. I can see how you might be confused. But you’re running for governor. And I have a question for you. Why don’t you look the people of Florida in the eye and tell them, if you get re-elected, you’ll serve a full four years as governor. Yes or no?” Crist asked. “Yes or no, Ron?”
DeSantis stared at the moderator for a few seconds, then returned with an apparently rehearsed insult: “The only old donkey I want to put out in the pasture is Charlie Crist.”
Crist repeatedly asked DeSantis to swear that he would focus on managing the affairs of the Sunshine State, which has been hit hard by a spiral of various crises. deadly storm due to climate change, a large death toll from COVID-19and a Housing costs skyrocketed that has made rents and apartments the highest in the country.
“He won’t even tell you if he’ll serve four years if you re-elect him,” Crist said during his closing debate.
Even then, DeSantis didn’t budge.
Since he was elected governor in 2018 — running TV commercials worth it praising then-President Donald Trump and talking about him cheering his toddler on to “build a wall” out of foam blocks — DeSantis raged MAGA. In the name of freedom and transparency, he passed legislation reducing abortion rights, single gay kidslimit transgender youth when it comes to sports and increased government oversight of public school libraries to make it easier to ban books. He also fired a Democratic-elected state attorney in Tampa from public office because the prosecutor refused to carry out an abortion crackdown.
Many believe he is paving the way for a presidential run, although it remains unclear whether DeSantis will run if Trump tries to retake the White House he lost in 2020. But the governor clearly does not. supported by the former president. Private, Trump mocked DeSantis as “fat”, “fake”, “smug” and “boring. And in September, Trump on social media public sharing an article brushed DeSantis aside and said that “now is not his time.”
Monday night’s debate served as a preview of what DeSantis the country could see in two years: a maniac attacking everything he deemed “wake up”. On stage, he defends how he has put public schools under the microscope, creating an environment where kids can’t openly talk about their gay parents and teachers could not tell students how brutally British settlers appropriated available Native American land.
“To say that this country was built on stolen land… that doesn’t sit well with our schools,” DeSantis said.
“We need to focus on education, and not make political war zones out of our schools,” Crist countered, later adding, “He talked about dividing us all night. . That is your person. That’s what you do. “
Crist attacked DeSantis for the aggressive expansion of government control in the name of conservative ideals. He repeatedly reminded the governor that women still feel sore about the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn. Roe v. Wade and drastically withdrew 39-year-old protections that allowed girls and women to terminate pregnancy with restrictions.
“I don’t want to ban abortion. I want to keep the women’s choice in Florida… it’s callous, it’s barbaric, and it’s so wrong. And if you want better, I hope you vote like hell,” Crist said.
The hour-long debate, moderated by WPEC reporter Liz Quirantes, took place at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce. The unruly crowd completely ignored the rules, with fans taking turns loudly supporting either candidate — and several angry pokes at the sitting governor. When DeSantis hit back with a time-tested conservative argument by meticulously describing how late abortions “tear the child’s limbs,” someone in the crowd shouted, “liars.” lie!” (Context is missing: Abortions performed after 21 weeks are extremely uncommon, account for 1% of all abortions in the United States, and are usually performed only when a person’s life is at risk due to a malformation.)
For all the talk about the governor’s dream of being in the White House, Crist offers a specific criticism that will follow DeSantis in 2024: his bullying tactics. Crist grilled the governor because misappropriating taxpayers’ money pay contractors who lie so as not to be suspicious and Desperate Venezuelans fleeing a socialist dictator, sending families consisting of a pregnant woman and a child to a charter flight to the affluent Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard in September.
“It’s not funny, it’s not right, and you’ve been inhumane in the way you treat these people,” Crist said.