DeSantis says he'd fire Jack Smith on 'day one' if elected president in 2024

 December 30, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says that, if elected president in 2024, he would fire special counsel Jack Smith on "day one" of his presidency. 

DeSantis, according to The Hill, made the remark on Thursday, during an interview with Fox News' Jason Chaffetz.

Take a look:

 "That starts with day one"

The overall point that DeSantis makes during the interview is that, if elected president in 2024, he would look to hold accountable those individuals "who have weaponized the legal system to go after their political enemies."

"I think that a guy like me as the nominee will be able to keep the focus on [President Joe] Biden, keep the focus on the Democrats’ failures, but, then, more importantly, after you win the election, start holding these people accountable, who have weaponized the legal system to go after their political enemies," DeSantis said.

He added, "And that starts with day one, firing somebody like Jack Smith. That goes to dealing with people who are violating constitutional rights at the state and local government area."

Smith is the individual whom the Biden administration has chosen to legally target former President Donald Trump. Smith has done so by bringing two criminal cases against the former president: one in which Smith accuses Trump of mishandling classified documents after he left the White House and one in which Smith accuses Trump of interfering with the 2020 presidential election by attempting to challenge its results.

Trump has maintained his innocence, and he has insisted that Biden and the Democrats are using Smith to interfere with Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.

The 2024 race

In the above interview, DeSantis, in addition to saying that he would look to hold the likes of Smith accountable, also tried to explain why, in his opinion, he would be a better presidential candidate for the Republican Party than former President Donald Trump.

DeSantis did so by stating that he would be able to keep the focus on Biden and the Democrats failures. What DeSantis implies is that Trump would not be able to do so because there are too many distractions surrounding him.

Whether or not this is true is for voters to decide. The polls would certainly seem to suggest that DeSantis is never going to get the opportunity to fire Smith because he is never going to become the Republican Party's presidential candidate, let alone the U.S. president.

Real Clear Politics currently has Trump leading the number two Republican candidate - DeSantis - on average, by over 50 percentage points.

It would be an understatement to say that DeSantis's road to the presidency is an uphill battle.

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