Joe Biden will travel to Florida next week to hold a rally for Democratic candidates. That’s not unusual.
What’s unusual is that Biden is reportedly planning to target popular Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is going back and forth with the president he calls “Brandon.”
DeSantis, who is almost certainly a future presidential candidate — though perhaps not in 2024 — has become a lightning rod for the left after sending illegal immigrants to the progressive island of Martha’s Vineyard.
I hope DeSantis drops a busload of illegal immigrants outside the Florida Democratic rally when Biden arrives to lie, I mean speak.
— Let’s roll (@ellisrandy12) September 20, 2022
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Democrats want Biden to ‘get tough’
Reuters points out that Democrats want Biden to pick up the tough guy against DeSantis.
Biden has tried that in the past, once saying of former President Donald Trump, “If we were in high school, I’d take him to the gym and knock him out of his mind.”
It didn’t work out great for Biden then, after Trump roared back with perhaps his most epic “Trumpism”:
Crazy Joe Biden tries to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical violence. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
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Nevertheless, the Democrats seem to crave a fight with DeSantis.
One reason why could be a recent Harvard poll showing DeSantis defeating Trump in a hypothetical Florida primary.
Jennifer Holdsworth is a Democratic adviser. She stated, “I think people are going to look for him aggressively. What DeSantis does is terrible. And there’s no greater juxtaposition than Joe Biden’s kindness and humanity than the, you know, horrible, inhumane bully that is Ron DeSantis. ”
Recently, Joe Biden has preached to the Democratic choir in places like Maryland and New York, but Florida may be a different story. Biden lost in Florida in 2020 and DeSantis is arguably the second most popular Republican in the country, behind Trump.
“President Joe Biden will campaign in Florida later this month as he continues to criticize Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who is running for reelection.”
Would someone please do a video of the buses bringing out-of-state Democrats to attend this!
Trump meeting: pic.twitter.com/7WY5H0MYhl
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Leo 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@TigrozyR) September 18, 2022
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Making an example of DeSantis
There’s also pretty good certainty that Joe Biden will try to make Ron DeSantis an “exemplary” of exactly who he referred to in what was billed as his “soul of the nation” speech, where he called “MAGA Republicans.” mentioned. a ‘threat to democracy’.
In addition to keeping Florida (relatively) open during the pandemic and flying migrants to liberal strongholds like Martha’s Vineyard, Biden may also attack DeSantis for removing Disney World’s special tax status.
Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek criticized a law signed by DeSantis that prohibits teaching or discussing “sexual orientation or gender identity” to preschoolers through third-grade public school students.
In Florida, we take what’s happening on the southern border seriously.
We are not a reception state and we will be happy to facilitate the transportation of illegal immigrants to shelter jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/YeEbMzy8yG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 15, 2022
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Democrats Staying Away?
Republicans in Florida welcome the visit of Joe Biden, whose polls there are under water. Evan Power is the chairman of the Leon County Republican Party. He says, “The more Biden comes to Florida, the better it is for the Republican Party of the state.”
Some Florida Democrats in tight races may think the same. Joe Biden’s rally will be held in Orlando, but Representative Val Demmings, who will face Senator Marco Rubio, will not be there. Her campaign said her absence would be due to “commitments she has as a US representative.”
Governor candidate Charlie Crist, on the other hand, says he will attend and says, “I think he’s great. I think he’s doing great. He is my friend. And I am very proud of him. And he is going to give our campaign a real boost.” An average Real Clear Politics poll has the incumbent DeSantis 4.8 points higher than Crist.
Charlie Crist may be the only Democratic candidate not to distance himself from Joe Biden. Democrats in tight races across the country have tried to distance themselves from Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
Democratic television ads have repeatedly touted themselves and their reputation as “against” Biden and Democrats on things like crime and taxes. The trend is to portray oneself as ‘independent’.
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