Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has made a name for himself, nationally, by standing up to the left and, in particular, the administration of President Joe Biden.
But, recently, DeSantis has admitted to teaming up with Biden, and, after receiving criticism from some supporters, DeSantis has now found himself having to explain the association, Florida Politics reports.
DeSantis’s latest explanation came during an appearance Friday on the Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters Primetime. There, DeSantis explained how his association with Biden began.
“Well, I’ll tell you what,” DeSantis began. “I mean, what I told him is that the media was making a big deal that he wasn’t talking to me or whatever, and I told him, I was like, ‘Look, I want to work together for these people because these people are from all walks of life.'”
DeSantis explained, “Republicans, Democrats, they expect us to be able to put our differences aside,” and that is what the Florida governor says he is doing.
DeSantis did make it a point to note that “nobody has done more to stand up to this administration than [he did] in Florida over the last year and a half.”
“But,” DeSantis added, “you’ve got to be willing to work together to help folks. And so, I think the response from local, state, and federal has been pretty seamless. And, I think that’s a testament, that we as a country can get things done when it counts.”
What’s going on?
Many view DeSantis’s willingness to team up with Biden as hypocrisy. In this day and age, Republican voters don’t want to see their politicians doing anything with the likes of Biden.
But, context is important here.
It has to be remembered that Florida was just hit by a massive-destructive hurricane, and the state can use all the help that it can get to recover. This appears to be the main reason why DeSantis has teamed up with Biden.
Given that DeSantis is looking for federal assistance, it is probably not politically shrewd to continue his assault of the Biden administration. And, on top of this, DeSantis is clearly using this as an opportunity to win some voters over by trying to show a willingness to work with his opponents.
In short, DeSantis appears just to be looking out for the best interest of the people of Florida. It would be a different story if DeSantis gave into Biden and the left’s agenda. But, there are no signs of that yet, and likely never will be.