Former President Donald Trump is not letting up on his attacks against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, even as the Republican governor continues to lead in the polls.
In fact, Trump has opened up a new front in his assault on DeSantis’ state, claiming that Florida is a high-tax hellhole. Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel has called out Trump’s latest tactic, questioning why the former president is suddenly trying to convince people that Florida is such an unmitigated disaster.
The Trump camp recently released a statement calling DeSantis’ record “one of misery and despair,” claiming that he has left a wake of destruction all across the state.
But how did DeSantis win a landslide re-election victory last fall if his tenure has been such a disaster? And why is it that hundreds of thousands of people have moved to Florida in the last couple of years?
Trump’s sudden dark view of Florida doesn’t seem to pass the grandparent’s test. If it’s such an abysmal place, why are so many grandparents (or parents) moving there or becoming snowbirds for the winter?
It’s hardly unprecedented for governors to face this kind of attack when they run for national office, but DeSantis hasn’t responded directly, as usual. However, the head of his Super PAC, Never Back Down, offered to pay for Trump to move to California “so he can be close to his good buddy Gavin Newsom, whom he loves so intensely and gets along with so well.”