Hillary Clinton sounds like she is among the Americans concerned about the possibility of Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis getting anywhere near the presidency.
He formally unveiled an unsurprising campaign for the Republican nomination this week, entering a contest in which he would need to defeat Donald Trump, who according to polls still has a very large base of support among Republican voters nationwide. If Trump became functionally incapacitated in connection to one of the criminal investigations targeting him, then DeSantis could have an opening, as he’s consistently been the second-place figure in polls featuring the primary field — but for now, the governor seems likely to experience significant struggles.
In Florida, DeSantis has presided over policy initiatives like the effective elimination of a district providing Black residents with direct Congressional representation in the northern parts of the state, sharp limits on abortion, major support for those seeking to challenge books and see them removed from availability in schools, sweeping restrictions on the ability to freely discuss issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms, a law targeting drag shows that has led to a lawsuit, and even a bathroom bill, which mandates that transgender individuals use the bathrooms corresponding to their sex assigned at birth in government buildings like public schools.
He has also been relentless in essentially harassing Disney, which has since scrapped plans for a $1.3 billion development in the Orlando area as DeSantis stays in a perpetual rage over the company daring to utter opposition to his limits on discussing LGBTQ+ identities in schools.
“Ron DeSantis’s ultra-MAGA Florida isn’t safe for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, or even multi-billion dollar corporations,” Clinton said Tuesday.
Biden himself has also already addressed the governor. Posts went up on the president’s personal account on Twitter on Wednesday that mocked the governor’s extreme technical difficulties while trying to have an audio conversation on Twitter with the site’s owner, billionaire public menace Elon Musk. Twitter has onsite audio capabilities… which clearly weren’t effectively tested prior to DeSantis trying to roll out his campaign there.
Ron DeSantis’s ultra-MAGA Florida isn’t safe for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, or even multi-billion dollar corporations. pic.twitter.com/1sxKM5W9ol
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 23, 2023