Florida’s Ron DeSantis Emerges as The Great Right Hope

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NEW YORK — Democrat governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gavin Newsom of California, and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan shatter everything they touch. Ron DeSantis, conversely, seems to get everything right. The Florida Republican has emerged as America’s governor. 

“We’re standing with our folks. We’re going to do the right thing. We leaned into it, and we stood strong,” DeSantis told Fox News host Tucker Carlson last month.

Rather than snip a tax, kill a regulation, and then doze off, as too many Republicans have done, DeSantis is a tireless, full-spectrum conservative. He has authorized a host of economic, cultural, and law-enforcement initiatives that are buoying Florida and transforming him into the Great Right Hope.

In his first two months, DeSantis cut taxes by $335 million and led a Florida Deregathon that cut red tape, especially occupational-license requirements.

DeSantis’s nominees replaced three state Supreme Court justices who reached 75 — mandatory retirement age. The Court shifted from four liberals and three conservatives to one liberal and six conservatives.

DeSantis’ COVID-19 response enraged the Lockdown Left and cheered pro-freedom conservatives. He shunned mask mandates, was among the first governors to re-open for business, continued in-person learning, shielded seniors from COVID carriers (Cuomo did the reverse; 15,000 elderly New Yorkers died), and delivered below-average infection and fatality rates.

DeSantis signed legislation that requires prison for rioters. He also penalized cities that defund their police.

Florida tabulated 11.4 million ballots and reported reliable results on Election Night 2020. DeSantis subsequently signed a new election-integrity law.

DeSantis approved legislation to protect girl power in government-school sports: Among female competitors, penises no longer are permitted as athletic gear.

In May, DeSantis dramatically expanded school choice.

In June, he urged Florida’s state school board to kill Critical Race Theory (CRT) on government campuses. They did — unanimously.

“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory,” DeSantis declared, leaping intrepidly into America’s most incendiary controversy. “Teaching kids to hate our country and to hate themselves is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.” 

While DeSantis battles this rattlesnake venom that un-American teachers’ unions, school boards, and other cultural Marxists are pumping into government classrooms, he also supplies the antidote.

“I put in a civics requirement for high schools in 2019,” DeSantis said. 

And rather than tear America down, as does far-Left CRT, DeSantis expanded Florida’s curriculum to include “instruction on the evils of Communism and totalitarian ideology.” 

“We want all students to understand the difference,” DeSantis told journalists on June 22. “Why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters?” DeSantis asked. “Why would people leave these countries and risk their lives to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that.”

HB 5, the relevant legislation that DeSantis signed, also creates a “Portraits in Patriotism” library that showcases, as he explained, “real patriots who came to this country after seeing the horrors of these Communist regimes.” 

As early as late February — as masked Manhattanites dodged microbes and snowflakes — Orlando, St. Petersburg, Palm Beach, and Miami offered abundant sun rays, vibrant establishments, smiling faces, and hope. I extended a one-week trip into an 18-day mini-snowbird experience that epitomized individual liberty and human flourishing.

“Back to East Berlin,” I lamented, as I flew home to Gotham.

Palm Beach and Miami were even livelier in June.

Democrat governors could learn plenty from DeSantis. All of this has helped Florida gain two U.S. House seats in the new Census, as internal refugees flee Democrat states to enjoy freedom, fair weather, and non-existent state income taxes. They should leave their voting habits behind, lest they elect Democrats who, like termites, would feast on all that DeSantis and the Floridians have built lately. 

The question for the Sunshine State’s 42-year-old chief executive is whether he aspires to bring his ideas and leadership to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And how does Donald J. Trump envision this? As he often says: We’ll see what happens.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of TrumpTrainNews.com

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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George Lukens
George Lukens
2 months ago

Ron has his state on solid ground. He did it with common sense. This seems to be lacking in government today. He’s rock solid and now proven he is the best governor in the country I would love for him to move into federal government. He will Excell wherever he decides to go. Good luck Governor Desantis! Nuff’said.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  George Lukens

Governor Desantis is an absolute rock star. If he decides to run in 2024, he absolutely has my vote.
Governors in blue states could learn from him and others doing an amazing job. Instead, they double down on policies that hurt their constituents.

anniedawn
2 months ago

Thought you were for Trump? Desantis for Veep 2024. 2028 & 2032. 12 years of Great Presidents.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  anniedawn

Yes, I’m definitely for President Trump.
My only fear is what the media will do with him if he decides to run. Many of the votes last election (excluding the fraud we all know took place) were people voting against the President. I’m not sure how we overcome that in 2024. President Trump did so much in 4 years, yet he gets little credit. It was some crazy woman on one of the lib networks, was giving joe credit for operation Warpspeed.
Today, I watched this week, and they sat there mocking the President for his law suit against big tech. These are the things that worry me for 2024. Unless, many wake up between now and then.

susan dudak
susan dudak
2 months ago

I agree. If Trump actually runs in 2024, I WILL vote for him and hope it will be a Trump/DeSantis ticket. If Trump does not run, DeSantis is definitely my second choice. True Trump supporters will always vote for him. They accepted him as he is in 2016 and will again in 2024. He is truly a lover of this country and it’s citizens. So, he has a law suit. Most politicians have some type of lawsuit against someone.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago

Governor Desantis is an absolute rock star, and I hope the people of Florida realize that.
I absolutely has my vote if he decides to run for President. Yes, loser governors of blue states in BIG turmoil could learn alot from him.
Nah, they instead double down on their stupid policies that hurt their constituents.

Falcon
Falcon
2 months ago

Way to go Gov DeSantis. Wished you were here in Texas. Abbott is 1 or2 levels above Coumo but now where near what a Republican should be. Phalan and his predecessor are a total discrace (sp) to the great state of Texas. If these RINO’s and their dumocrats buddies had their way they would turn us into a sewer and pervert haven like Californication, Washington and Oregon. Looking forward to 2022. Gov DeSantis if you run for President in 2022. Oops wishful thinking. 2024 you will have my and my family’s votes as well as large number of are Friends.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  Falcon

I always thought Governor Abbott was a good one? Not aware of what happened that people have gone against him???

Pandora
Pandora
2 months ago

I thought too, that his people were behind him.

Philip Byler
Philip Byler
2 months ago

Ron will make a great VP in 2024 and a great POTUS in 2028 and 2032.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  Philip Byler

Yes, I agree. Even if he runs for President, he certainly will have my vote.

cashgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Philip Byler

That’s what I’m praying for, Philip! I want President Trump for four more years. And just imagine what he and Ron could do for our country working together! May God and those of us who love our country make it so!

Craig Selley
Craig Selley
2 months ago

Florida does it right. However, it is my preference to have Trump as President in 2024 and DeSantis as Vice President. Then in 2028, elect DeSantis as President. That would give us 12 years of strong conservative leadership. Changes take more than 8 years. If DeSantis was elected in 2024, I believe he would not be effective in his first 4 years. I believe Trump will be effective immediately. Then in 2028, I think DeSantis would be much stronger in his first 4 years to carry on the conservative ideas that Trump has implemented. I believe in 2022 we will become much stronger in Congress with Republicans winning many races. That should also occur in 2024. With majorities in both houses, Trump will do well.

cashgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Craig Selley

That’s my wish and prayer, too, Craig! What a great pair they would make. Just imagine where they could take America together!

drpkjones
drpkjones
2 months ago

You left out the fact that schools were opened for in person learning! Super important! This conservative teacher is on-board!

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago

You idiot MODERATORS. Why are you holding my posts??? RELEASE THEM NOW!

cashgirl
2 months ago

CENSORS — plain and simple! They’re holding two of mine on different threads and I just don’t get it. I thought a website like TTN wouldn’t be so eager to deny us our First Amendment rights to free speech. And I never understand what word I used or statement I made that offended their sensibilities — they are always ultimately approved. So I understand your frustration!!! And always agree with your comments, too! 🙂

jack
jack
1 month ago

EASY, ANY “moderation ” IS censorship . PERIOD!! watch the sites that do that,and then “unsubscribe”.As a Florida resident (35 + years) our governor has instituted a “program” where the “censors” will be fined for their unconstitutional acts against FREE SPEECH .All you need do is file a complaint,(with evidence) to the atty generals office,State of Florida. I think the “fines” are $100K for each offense .. The next conservative pres. NEEDS to do away with the 230 protections these scumbag operators enjoy. THEN, “we” can sue the crap out of those commies. Hopefully put them out of business (or in prison) !

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
2 months ago

As much as I supported what President Trump did in office, I believe his time has passed and he has too much fodder for the media. I believe DeSantis is the future of the Republican Party and the Country, and I hope Republicans have the wisdom to nominate him for the 2024 election campaign.

carefugee
carefugee
2 months ago

I fully agree with you. I loved Trump’s accomplishments but his abrasive personality turned too many conservative people against him in the process. God’s word says “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Prov 15:1). I’m afraid there were just too many harsh words.

cashgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  carefugee

One of the things I loved so much about our good President Trump was that he didn’t speak from both sides of his mouth like typical politicians. He made clear what he meant, said what he was going to do, and did it! Flowery speeches and words don’t get the job done, but President Trump’s actions did. So I would love to have him back for four more years with Ron DeSantis as VP. Just imagine what the two of them could accomplish! 🙂

cashgirl
2 months ago

While I do think DeSantis is great and will be good presidential material, Richard, I do have to disagree about President Trump. I don’t cast my votes for people because they use sweet words. I vote for those I think mean what they say and say what they mean. And President Trump was that person. And — he tells the truth! While the Democrats rely on untruths and fairy tales while using their “nicer” words. Never mind that he may have offended some sensibilities, just look what he was doing for our country, and compare it to the downhill slide we’re on now. I’ll take him and the way he speaks any day of the week over the “squatter” who resides in the White House today, and wish him back every single day!

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
2 months ago
Reply to  cashgirl

cashgirl, I, too, “don’t cast my votes for people because they use sweet words”; I pay attention to what they DO, not what they say or how they say it. However, you and I are smarter than the bulk of the electorate. The 2020 election, even if stolen by the Democrats, proved that. Too many people vote with their emotions, rather than their brains, and their votes are also needed to win elections. I liked how President Trump took the fight to the leftists, but he went too far and became unnecessarily uncivil in stating the truth. A better example would be Sen. Cruz. The media doesn’t like him either, but he doesn’t give them unnecessary fodder when he speaks the truth. I want a president like Trump, Cruz or DeSantis, but we must first get him elected. I don’t believe Trump will be elected again. It’s time to give DeSantis his opportunity.

Jawad
Jawad
2 months ago

Gov. DeSantis realizes that ‘the Left destroys everything it touches.’ HIs head is screwed on clockwise, not counter-clockwise like the Lefties and he has the testicular fortitude to stand up and FIGHT. We need a lot more governors like him and presidential candidates, as well.

Blueberry
Blueberry
2 months ago

A logical, good man. How refreshing.

Dee S
2 months ago

Governor DeSantis is a great governor, he is wise in wisdom, courage, and strength. His years of military service have prepared him to be a strong fighter. One thing I don’t like about the establishment GOP is that they try to tell people who to vote for. We made our decision in 2020 to vote President Trump back in office and they didn’t back the will of the American people or stand up to expose the fraud in the election. They aren’t supposed to be the ones who elect the President and yet they are pushing their will on us just like the socialist left.

Clarence Schuler
Clarence Schuler
2 months ago
Reply to  Dee S

Maybe it is time to have a president with military service this time

Bill
Bill
2 months ago

DeSantis is great and will make a great president but for 2024 we need Trump for his 4 year term then follow with DeSantis for 8 yrs. Pot3ntially this gives our nation 12 yrs to et healed. Trump or DeSantis would be great for us but both in the office gives enough time to bring the US back from the disaster created by Biden and his administration to return as the leader of the free world. My own ideal plan would be Trump Pres. and DeSantis VP for 2024 to 2028 then DeSantis plus one of the rising new Republican stars after DeSantis ! !

Carol
Carol
2 months ago

Ron is doing the RIGHT thing for WE the PEOPLE

susan dudak
susan dudak
2 months ago

I like everything about Ron DeSantis. Think he would be a great president. Has a wonderful disposition and truly loves people. So far, I have not seen or heard about any form of corruption in his politics.

jack
jack
1 month ago

BEST vote (beside Ronald Regan & donald Trump) that I EVER made. Stay strong Gov. DeSantis. The “nut jobs” in the media AND the lunatic democrats (who somehow) still get into office in our great state of Florida will continue their idiotic ways. Hopefully, ALL Floridians will realize that YOU ARE the REAL deal. The best hope for our VERY great Nation .. Thank you ,sir Job well done !!

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