Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is speaking out in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s indictment last week by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
At a fundraiser in Garden City, NY, the Republican governor – who has not yet announced a presidential campaign and has faced verbal assaults from Trump – described Bragg as “a menace to society” and a risk to democratic governance.
“This guy is all about politics,” DeSantis said, according to reports. “His whole thing is he doesn’t want people to be in jail, he wants to downgrade felonies to misdemeanors. Really, really dangerous stuff.
“And then he turns around, does a flimsy indictment against a former president of the United States. All these legal gymnastics to act like this is a felony – when almost every other time, he’s trying to take the felonies and downgrade them,” the popular governor noted further.
“This guy is doing politics! He has an agenda, that is not the rule of law,” he went on.
In his 50-minute speech, the governor refrained from directly mentioning Trump, who has frequently criticized him in the past. However, DeSantis did criticize President Joe Biden during his speech.
“Our president, Joe Biden — he’s weak, he’s floundering,” DeSantis opined. “He’s really being controlled by the leftist elements of the Democratic Party.”
“If you look at our financial problems, we now are $31 trillion in debt. They did trillions and trillions of dollars of fiscal stimulus. The Fed printed trillions and trillions of dollars of money. What do you think is going to happen? Of course, you’re going to get inflation. They tried to say it was transitory. That didn’t work out for them. Then they spent last year hiking rates very quickly and that’s created dislocation in our economy,” he continued, going on to note that during his tenure, the Sunshine State went from being a purple battleground to solid red.
“The Democratic Party in the state of Florida is dead, dead, dead right now,” he said.
“We’ve really had a fundamental shift in our electorate. When I got elected governor, we had almost 300,000 more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans. And we had never in the history of the state had more registered Republicans and registered Democrats,” the governor added. “Well, fast-forward four and a half years later, we now have almost 450,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats.”