HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — During a speech at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference on Saturday, Governor Ron DeSantis poked fun at President Biden’s poor performance, calling him a “floundering leader.” DeSantis said the President’s poor performance contributed to Florida’s Red wave in 2022.
“We are in the highest percentage of the vote that any Republican candidate for governor has ever received in the history of the state of Florida,” DeSantis told the audience. “We were able to flip Democrat counties or urban counties like Miami-Dade County. And not only did we flip it, we won it by double digits.”
DeSantis told the crowd the November election was a massive defeat for the Democratic Party in Florida.
“They did not want to see Florida go Red,” DeSantis said. “They threw everything but the kitchen sink to stop us. And yet, we have left the Democratic Party for dead in the state of Florida.”
For months, the governor has traveled the country presenting his roadmap and conservative victories in Florida as a blueprint for the nation. As a result, DeSantis has been fiercely attacked – both by the Biden administration and the Trump campaign – the latter of which sees him as a rival for the presidency.
Despite the attacks from Donald Trump, DeSantis said last week he “will not assist” in any extradition request by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg regarding what he called “questionable circumstances” surrounding the case against Trump. DeSantis called the charges “un-American” and a “weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda.”
Nikki Fried, newly elected Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, vowed to unite the party and work to keep Ron DeSantis out of the White House. The popular Florida governor is expected to announce his run for president sometime after the state legislative session wraps up on May 5.
“You better believe we are going to take it to Ron DeSantis every damn day,” Fried told a room of Democrats the night she won the appointment.