Knives Out In DeSantis Campaign

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at a "Unite & Win Rally" at Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr.

It keeps getting weirder in DeSantisland.

The Florida governor’s floundering presidential campaign continues to produce bizarre moments. In New Hampshire last week, DeSantis repeated a threat that he would “start slitting throats on day one” in the far right’s make believe war on a shadowy “deep state.”

Back in reality, the NBA’s players’ union released a statement denouncing the Orlando Magic’s donation to DeSantis’ super political action committee. The union called the $50,000 donation, “alarming given recent comments and policies of its beneficiary."

Meanwhile, other contributors are rethinking their investment. Las Vegas hotelier Robert Bigelow told Reuters he was pausing his support of DeSantis until the candidate adopted more moderate positions. Bigelow, who has donated $20 million to DeSantis’ Never Back Down super PAC, was reportedly turned off by Florida’s six-week abortion ban. 

“Extremism isn’t going to get you elected,” Bigelow warned.

Never Back Down has raised a staggering $130 million according to recent financial reports from the Federal Elections Commission. That figure easily outpaces the rest of the Republican field, but it has not moved DeSantis any closer in the polls to former President Donald Trump.

On Aug. 7, in an interview with NBC News, DeSantis finally admitted Trump lost the 2020 election.

“Of course he lost,” DeSantis said. “Joe Biden’s the president.”

 Photo credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr.


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