Florida GOP leaders exhibiting assist for former President Trump
TALLAHASSEE – From speaking about naming a freeway after President Donald Trump to calling for re-access to social media platforms banning him, Florida Republicans have the red carpet for the returned, not-so-indigenous son which was twice indicted by Congress.
In his most recent Senate impeachment, Trump is back in Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach Club, which he claimed as his adopted permanent residence a year before his failed re-election bid.
The White House and both houses of Congress are now commanded by Democrats.
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But with Republicans who control the Florida government and US Sens. For Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, prominent voices in Washington, the state has become a safe and welcoming political redoubt for the ex-president and his party.
“No question about it, this is still Trump’s home state.”
While Trump is silenced by a social media ban after he was accused of instigating a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, barely a week has passed since the November election without the Republicans of Florida giving him one Would have paid homage.
“There’s no question that this is still Trump’s home state, and the people of Florida rewarded him by increasing his profit margin three times,” said Senator Joe Gruters of Sarasota, chairman of the Florida Republican Party. “He came home and we’re glad he’s here.”
Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida GOP leaders lobbied their support for laws aimed at punishing social media companies that Trump and others accused of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol fueled on January 6th who tried to overthrow the country result of the November presidential election.
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City guides in Polk Countys Frostproof proclaimed the first week of February as “Donald J. Trump Week” in the ward, where he received 76% of the vote in November. Attending the event was Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, who is trying to get state law to commemorate the 481 miles of US Route 27 in Florida as President Donald J. Trump Highway.
Many elected Florida officials “owe their political careers” to Donald Trump
“Donald Trump is still very popular with the grassroots part of this party,” said Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, a former GOP state chairman. “There are many elected officials up and down who owe their political careers to Donald Trump for helping them get elected with a heavy Republican turnout.”
DeSantis, one of Trump’s closest allies, fits this profile.
DeSantis, a little-known Palm Coast Congressman, was led to victory in the Republican primary for the 2018 governor by tweeted notices from Trump.
The US House came under democratic control this year in a medium-term backlash from voters who rebelled against Trump and his policies. But the president’s influence helped DeSantis narrowly win the governor’s race.
DeSantis is up for re-election next year and in the early days quickly began arguing with the Biden White House about access to COVID-19 vaccines.
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On Tuesday, the governor also avoided asking whether he actually believed Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about the election, an issue DeSantis never addressed.
DeSantis has listed a so-called counterinsurgency law as a further priority for the legislative period, which begins on March 2, which would punish “disorderly” protests with far-reaching penalties.
The governor first spoke of such measures after protests against Black Lives Matter last summer, but the legislation was revealed on the night of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which critics see as a feat that is the focus The measure is intended to divert attention from minorities and young demonstrators whose opponents state the real goal.
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Florida’s only nationally-elected Democrat, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, said the governor’s top legislative issues seem to downplay the state’s ongoing health, social and economic impact, which averaged nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases per day and challenges over the past two weeks involved the vaccine rollout.
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Fried said the governor and GOP leaders appear unwilling to work with the new administration in Washington, despite a large federal inflow approved during Trump’s presidency enabled DeSantis to come up with a relatively robust proposal for create a state budget of $ 96.6 billion for the next year. $ 4.3 billion more than the current year’s spending.
A $ 1.9 trillion bailout package prepared by Biden, of which large swathes of Republicans are opposed in Congress, includes $ 350 billion for state and local governments, potentially adding to the likelihood of severe cuts in Florida public services further reduced.
“These leaders are chosen to serve the entire state, and they must remember – they serve the people of our state, not Donald Trump,” Fried said. “But our governor and lawmakers are prioritizing this battle with social media companies, feigning outrage and taking action to prevent violence rather than responding to issues affecting Floridians every day.”
On the same day that DeSantis launched his call for government regulation of large tech companies, Fried revealed plans for her division to work with the White House and federal agencies on issues related to agriculture, climate change, cannabis policy, nutrition and rural community empowerment.
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“Where is the outrage about our unemployment system, displacement during the pandemic? The fact is, they seem more concerned about pleasing Donald Trump, ”she said.
Trump’s popularity is likely to remain high with Florida voters
Through their actions, Republicans seem to recognize that they expect Trump’s strength to endure among Florida voters. When Trump lost the White House, he carried Florida by 374,852 votes in November, more than three times as much as four years earlier.
Florida Democrats lost seats in Congress and the legislature despite Biden defeating Trump by more than 7 million votes nationally and promoting the electoral college with 306-232 votes.
Florida Republicans are not letting go of the former president.
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“What the grassroots sees are four years in which a president stands up for them,” said Ingoglia. “And push back against the norms. That’s why, in my opinion, he was so thoroughly rewarded for it in the state of Florida. “
Attorney General Ashley Moody, who is up for re-election next year like his Republican compatriot DeSantis, added Florida to the list of states backing a case in Texas dismissed by the US Supreme Court in December. The lawsuit aimed to invalidate election results in four states and hand over the White House to Trump.
Scott, as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, will be in the high-profile position of steering the GOP Senate campaigns for the next year. Since Biden took office, Scott has tightened his rhetoric against the new administration.
He called Biden a “puppet for the radical left” in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday and said “he’s hit the deep end” for a climate change plan that Scott says will cost jobs.
Rubio, Florida’s other Republican senator, also attempted to strike a line with Biden in an inauguration day speech in the Senate.
“The demand that the other side agree to all of your demands is not a unity. It is the arrogance to believe that only those who agree are good and anyone who disagrees is not only wrong – but actually bad “said Rubio.
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