Welcome to GOP Primary 2024, starring the twice impeached, six-times bankrupted, insurrectionist sexual assaulter, and the Pathetic White Hope, who is currently the governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis wants you to know what he stands for, besides Make America Florida, which is declaring war on the leftists. Whatever happened to being a president for all the people? I guess that’s a concept destined for the ashbin of history, which is where DeSantis promises to deposit woke ideology after he’s done destroying it.
We don’t need any more divisiveness in this country. We need unity and sanity. This is not the man to provide any of that. Here’s his war declaration, from where else? Fox News, in the wee hours of Memorial Day, no less.
Desantis says Good Morning: “I will serve two terms, and I will be able to destroy leftism in this country.” pic.twitter.com/okqerKl7Gs
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 29, 2023
The left is so divisive. What with not wanting to "be destroyed" and all.
Can you imagine if Biden were to say his goal was to "destroy the right?"
— Machine Pun Kelly Redux (@backell) May 29, 2023
Then he's flat-out unqualified & should drop out. You don't run for president & threaten to "destroy" beliefs of more the half the country, specifically the ones that help the vast majority of ordinary people. You tun to be president of everybody. What an overt fascist.
— Anastasia Pantsios (@anastasjoy) May 29, 2023
This is exactly correct. A POTUS is a president of the UNITED states, not the ruler of whatever tribe can bully its way into office. He’s not talking about democracy. He is talking about autocracy.
I will destwoy woke ideowogy… One finger fucked Puddin cup at a time.
He’s like some animation glitch produced mashup of Lord Farquaad, Sid from Toy Story & Buddy Pine before he becomes Syndrome that some bored Disney Imagineer thought would be fun to run through a 3D printer.
— Jo🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) May 29, 2023
— 𝕊𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕖_𝔻𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕖 (@SundaeDivine) May 29, 2023
A couple of thoughts:
- Whatever DeSantis is raving about, he is not putting forth a new and revitalized GOP. Nor is he doing much to revive any old or traditional conservative values. He’s talking fascism.
- We did see loony tunes Trump get elected, but 2016 was different for a few reasons. Hillary was not an ideal candidate because of misogyny and also because of the 20-plus years of what she called the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against herself and Bill. More importantly, Trump was a unique commodity, something never before seen, back in the day. He was, believably to most folks, a billionaire and a lot of people wanted to give him a shot to do all these amazing things he said he could and would do. We all saw what in fact he could do and did; particularly the half million Americans who died from COVID on his watch. They, and their families and friends, saw it with great clarity. Someone died of COVID once every 26 seconds.
- The question becomes, do Americans want to vote in fascism? Because if DeSantis gets the nomination, that is what’s on the ballot: a continuation of life under a democratic system or a conversion to fascism.
Meanwhile, an oblivious or disinterested Trump is out playing golf.
Worse, and somewhat comically, he actually less in touch w/reality than Trump.
— Just Me (@cnylvr) May 29, 2023
Let’s see what the big money GOP donors do. Rick Wilson said a while back that when push comes to shove they’ll start writing checks to Trump. Let’s see what happens.
Or, maybe something completely bizarre will happen. Maybe the GOP will decide to rally around an old school Republican and elevate Asa Hutchinson. At least the man is not insane, nor a fascist. I think it’s a long shot but in this unstable political climate anything at all is possible. Rule out nothing.