‘Why Didn’t He Do It’ – DeSantis and Trump Trade Blows as Race Heats Up
Governor DeSantis took a jab at President Trump during a campaigning event in Iowa, asking, “Why didn’t he do it in his first four years?” in response to the former president’s claims that he’d have the country back to normal in “six months.”
The two have traded blows throughout the week as the Florida executive tries to overcome the former president, who has retained a resounding lead in the race despite DeSantis’ recent entrance.
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Thursday night, President Trump took the time to retaliate against DeSantis during a town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“I’ve been watching DeSanctus go out and say, ‘I’ve got eight years. It’s going to be eight years.’ Let me tell you something – right there you should vote against him. It’ll take me six months to have it totally the way it was. We’ll have it fast.”
During Trump’s groundbreaking first term, the president made many ambitious policies but ultimately softened on most. While fighting hard for the critical items on his agenda, namely border security, renewed trade deals, and tax cuts, opposition from within Congress, his party, and even his own white house frequently inhibited the president’s ability to act.
Democrats and Republicans frequently collaborated against President Trump, wasting his GOP trifecta for the first two years in office before losing it in the 2018 midterms.
Comparatively, DeSantis has enjoyed a wildly supportive Florida GOP and a strong majority in the state house and senate. Despite these factors, DeSantis has made his excellent track record and unique policy proposals evidence of his ability to achieve tangible victories for the everyday American.
Supporters of each camp have only grown more ferocious as social media platforms like Twitter have become a battleground between the two candidates.
The economy was in tremendous shape before COVID-19, and everyone knows this.
— JD Sharp (@imjdsharp) June 1, 2023
Christina Pushaw, the vanguard of DeSantis’ online influence team, blamed the president for the effects of COVID on the economy, saying, “That’s like saying my car was in great shape until I drove it off a cliff.”
That's like saying Trump voluntarily shut the economy down. He didn't.
He was facing immense pressure from the public and was following the guidance of what we thought were unbiased health experts about a virus no doctor on Earth had dealt with before.
— JD Sharp (@imjdsharp) June 1, 2023
Trump supporters pointed out DeSantis’ unremarkable voting record during his time as a congressman from Florida.
“Why didn’t he do it in his 6 years as congressman?” ~@fjb4587 on Twitter
During his time as a representative, DeSantis frequently found himself pushing against the worst excesses of leftist influence on the president, with examples ranging from opposing the disastrous “First Step Act” criminal justice reform to the infamous 2018 omnibus bill that left the southern border virtually unguarded.
“We have to dispense with the culture of losing that we’ve seen throughout the Republican Party. [The Republican Party] should have 55 Republican senators right now, if we had played our cards right over the last few years.”
Though the DeSantis campaign has largely avoided the topic, his supporters have frequently commented on Trump’s less-than-bubbly personality.
“Do you want to know one of the biggest reason I am for DeSantis in the primary? because Trump cannot see his own flaws, he has never stopped to ask himself, ‘what have I done to ensure all these good things I have done continue on after I leave this office?’ He lacks that foresight.” ~@Poliscikosis on Twitter
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