The apparent flip-flop of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on what to do about Ukraine is proof that he is controlled by big donors, at least according to Donald Trump Jr. on the Nelk Boys’ “Full Send” podcast.
“I saw the flip-flop on Ukraine, where it was like [DeSantis] tried sort of taking the Trump approach, like ‘maybe war bad’,” Trump Jr. said. “He was against it. He sort of took a weak Trump stance on it. And then he was like: ‘Well we must stop him, Putin is an evil dictator!’ You know? It’s like holy sh*t…your donors got to you.”
Trump Jr. explained that his father, 45th President Donald Trump, is “like a lame duck” who, if victorious in 2024, will “just go in and break all that sh*t up.”
“You’re not trying to get re-elected again. You can just do everything that you need to do. And that’s the difference between being beholden to your donors, being beholden to the establishment class. You know, the Paul Ryans,” Trump Jr. said.
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Trump Jr. also singled out DeSantis for his muted response to President Trump’s arrest in New York last week.
“Like, really? To me, as a conservative, as a Republican, as someone who’s been in those crosshairs, that’s probably one of the biggest issues we face as a country,” he said.
Trump Jr. argued that the GOP establishment recognizes President Trump’s grassroots support but believes that DeSantis will be more willing to do their bidding, citing Paul Ryan’s endorsement, the pro-DeSantis “Never Back Down” PAC, and former Bush advisor Karl Rove.
“With the donor class, make no mistake…They don’t have the same viewpoint as like the blue collar MAGA Republicans,” Trump Jr. continued. “They know that Trump doesn’t really need them. Trump doesn’t look the same way. DeSantis is a career politician. Guess what, he needs that money.”
“He’s gotta act when they say. When they say ‘jump,’ he says ‘how high’. And that’s the nature of politics. It’s why they went after Trump so hard,” he added.
“When Paul Ryan’s going at him endorsing, and Jeff Roe comes and runs his super PAC, and Karl Rove is out there,” said Trump Jr., “Do you want another Bush administration?”
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