Joe Biden will travel to Florida next week hold a rally for Democratic candidates. It’s not unusual.
What’s unusual is that Biden reportedly intends to directly target popular Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has gone back and forth with the president he calls “Brandon.”
DeSantis, who is almost certainly a future presidential candidate – but maybe not in 2024 – has become a lightning rod for the left after ferrying illegal immigrants to the progressive island of Martha’s Vineyard.
I hope DeSantis drops off a bus loaded with illegal immigrants in front of the Florida Democrat rally when Biden arrives to lie, I mean talk.
— 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 act tough against DeSantis.
Biden has tried this in the past, once said of former President Donald Trump that, ‘If we were in high school, I would take him behind the gym and beat him like crazy.’
It didn’t work out so well for Biden then, after Trump roared back with perhaps his most epic “Trumpism”:
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a badass. In fact, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he is threatening me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would come down fast and hard, crying the whole way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
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Nonetheless, Democrats seem to be looking forward to a fight with DeSantis.
One reason could be a recent Harvard poll showing DeSantis beating Trump in a hypothetical Florida primary.
Jennifer Holdsworth is a Democratic consultant. She said: “I think people are going to look for him to be aggressive. What DeSantis is doing is a horrible thing. And there’s no greater juxtaposition than the kindness and humanity of Joe Biden than the, you know, awful, inhuman, bully that is Ron DeSantis.
Recently, Joe Biden 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 re-election.”
Could someone film the buses bringing Democrats from out of state to attend, please!
Trump rally: pic.twitter.com/7WY5H0MYhl
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Leo 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@TigrozyR) September 18, 2022
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Make an example of DeSantis
There’s also pretty good certainty that Joe Biden will attempt to make Ron DeSantis an “example” of who exactly he was referring to in what was billed as his “Soul of the Nation” speech, where he called “MAGA Républicains” a “threat to democracy”.
In addition to keeping Florida (relatively) open during the pandemic and ferrying migrants to liberal strongholds like Martha’s Vineyard, Biden may also pounce on DeSantis for withdrawing special tax status for Disney World.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has slammed a law DeSantis signed banning the teaching or discussion of ‘sexual orientation or gender identity’ for kindergarten through third graders in public schools .
In Florida, we take what happens on the southern border seriously.
We are not a sanctuary state and we will gladly facilitate the transport of illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/YeEbMzy8yG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 15, 2022
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Are the Democrats staying away?
Florida Republicans welcome visit from Joe Biden, whose ballot numbers are under water the. Evan Power is the chairman of the Leon County Republican Party. He says, “The longer Biden comes to Florida, the better for the Republican Party in the state.”
Some Florida Democrats in tight races may think the same. Joe Biden’s rally will take place in Orlando, but Rep. Val Demmings, who is running against Sen. Marco Rubio, will not be there. Her campaign said her absence would be due to “commitments she has as a U.S. Representative.”
Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, on the other hand, says he will be there, saying, “I think he’s great. I think he does a great job. He is my friend. And I’m very proud of him. And he’s going to give our campaign a real boost. A real clear policy average poll has holder DeSantis up 4.8 points on Crist.
Charlie Crist may be the only Democratic candidate not to distance himself from Joe Biden. Democrats in close races all over the country tried to distance himself from Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
Democratic TV ads have repeatedly boasted and their records as “going against” Biden and Democrats on issues such as crime and taxes. The tendency has been to present themselves as “independent”.
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