From Dr. Derek Ellerman
It didn’t take long for World War 24 to go nuclear.
Former President Donald Trump has taken off the gloves, previewing the bare-knuckle fight Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis should be prepared to face if he throws his hat in the ring in 2024.
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Two giants face off
Now, it’s clear that this clash of the titans will match two of the most successful and well-liked Republicans in the country.
Most of the coverage you see in the news media falls along two lines:
- Wow, look how desperate Trump is! No one believes this anti-DeSantis stuff!
- Oh wait, DeSantis is worse than Trump! Super Uber Mecha Double HITLER!!!!
Obviously, it’s too early so they haven’t decided on a normal angle yet. Suffice it to say, if DeSantis makes it to the top (a tall order, but possible) he will step into his new role as “The Next Hitler” just as Dubya, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Donald Trump have.
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(Interestingly, the rise of Trump has seen the media attempt to rehabilitate these past “Hitlers.” Is it really unfathomable that the media will one day bombard us with stories about how reasonable Trump was as president and what a great man he compares to? The new Hitler DeSantis?)
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. My point was to talk about Trump’s comments about DeSantis.
DeSantis voted on three non-binding resolutions in 2013, 2014, and 2015 to raise the retirement age to 70 and cut benefits for millions of earners. pic.twitter.com/jlTgTmcbIH
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) February 1, 2023
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The ‘real’ Ron?
How you see this depends on your perspective. First, let me note that political insiders do not take sides.
There is a small but dedicated cadre on the right, myself included, that supports and admires Trump. Same reason He has been much maligned and faced such unprecedented opposition in the media and government.
The reason for that is foreign policy.
Yes. It’s not a mystery. Even before he went to South Carolina and boldly told a typically neoconservative audience that the Iraq war was a lie that cost thousands of American lives, untold Iraqi lives, and trillions of dollars, Trump was firmly in the old right vein.
(A quick break here for regular scheduled counterprogramming: There is no such thing as “isolationism”. Opposing pointless wars thousands of miles away against third-world swamps is not “isolationism,” and you don’t have to believe me. Just ask America’s greatest son, Thomas Jefferson.)
That’s what America First does: putting America first That means not spending trillions on senseless wars, not selling out the country and letting foreign enemies produce essential goods, etc.
Trump calls Ron DeSantis a globalist and goes to the “Club for No Growth” where he worked. pic.twitter.com/o2vOk82zyp
— CCG Bryson (@RealBrysonGray) January 30, 2023
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So what is Ron’s record?
Just a quick check shows no real effort to vote against ever-increasing spending. Do whatever you want.
He has had some good anti-globalization votes, such as voting against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. (Although here’s a word of caution from an insider: A lot of the time, these votes — I don’t know and make no claims about this particular one — are approved by the leadership. In other words, the members say to the leadership, “Well I can’t vote for this, I’m campaigning against it, but I know it should pass.” And if the bill is guaranteed to pass, he gets the OK to vote.)
Voters are looking to track DeSantis real Congress needs a record of how In fact It works the opposite of how it’s portrayed.
For example, DeSantis voted in favor of the Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act in 2015. Why is that a big deal?
Well, because Congress is crooked, that boring-sounding bill is how the House was able to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Readers may recall this huge Contract again in 2016.
On the bright side, DeSantis has been vocal about opposing the illegal US invasion of Syria. (It’s still happening, for all the people tsk-tsking about Russia “breaking international norms” and “rules-based action”.)
For what it’s worth, neoconservatives at National Review want DeSantis to distance himself from Trump’s America First foreign policy.
Responsible statecraft say they are not keen on diplomacy. (What’s the opposite of diplomacy?) Obviously, that’s a big no-no with America First.
They seem to be all over the regime change in Iran. Again, haven’t we learned our lesson from the desert of half the world yet?
Perhaps tellingly, DeSantis praised Trump for hiring the arch-neocon and perpetually fallible John Bolton.
So where am I going with all this? Trump, after all Actually hiring arch-neocon and eternally wrong John Bolton, and the same can be said of many other wrongdoers.
The thing is, America comes first in foreign policy. More than anyone since Nixon, Trump has shown a willingness to put his own country ahead of empire and defense contractors. What does Ron do?
Time will tell, but the sooner he is asked concrete answers, the sooner Republican voters will be able to make up their minds.
DeSantis was a great governor. Better in America and not even close. But the executive branch deals with bigger and more important issues than the governor. And those issues animate America First And Globalist RINOs put America last.
But one last bit of wisdom before I go.
They say a man can be told by his enemies.
Who are Donald Trump’s enemies?
Who are Ron DeSantis’ enemies? Ask the same question about who is supporting whom.
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