DeSantis threatens to boot Biden from FL ballots in response to efforts against Trump

 January 7, 2024

Amid a wave of efforts in states across the country to boot former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot, Florida Gov. and current GOP hopeful Ron DeSantis has just floated the idea of playing his own ace by doing the same thing to President Joe Biden, as the Daily Wire explains.

Though there is certainly no love lost between DeSantis and Trump, it appears that the governor is increasingly of the opinion that turnabout is fair play and that Democrats may need a state of their own medicine on this particular issue.

DeSantis issues warning

It was last month that the Colorado Supreme Court declared Trump ineligible to appear on the state's primary ballot, citing the 14th Amendment's “insurrection clause” in a move that was quickly followed by a similar development in Maine.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court has accepted Trump's appeal of the controversy and will weigh in on the applicability of the provision, DeSantis has wasted no time in terms of discussing the possibility of a reciprocal removal of Biden from his state's ballot.

The governor declared, referencing the unprecedented crisis at the southern border, “You could make a case – we're actually, I'm looking at this in Florida now. Could we make a credible case that Biden, because of the invasion of eight million?”

While expressing his disagreement with the ballot removal tactic in a broader sense, DeSantis added, “I think if this is going to happen for them...I don't believe in fighting with one hand tied behind your back. Whatever the rules are applied to us, we're going to fight back and play the rules the other way.”

Final throes of campaign?

DeSantis' apparent openness to some sort of retaliatory action in the wake of anti-Trump ballot efforts comes at a time when some have suggested that the governor's presidential campaign is on its last legs.

Writing in The Hill over the weekend, Douglas MacKinnon revealed that, according to two DeSantis campaign insiders, if the governor fails to defeat Trump in the Iowa caucuses later this month, he will exit the race almost immediately.

In addition, the two sources indicated their belief that DeSantis will then make moves to endorse Trump, albeit rather reluctantly.

If true, DeSantis would thus join a growing list of prominent endorsements secured by the former president, including those of each and every member of the House Republican leadership, an achievement finalized with last week's nod from Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN).

DeSantis bites back

Casting doubt on the veracity of MacKinnon's op-ed, however, was the DeSantis camp itself, with the Daily Mail noting that press secretary Bryan Griffin swiftly took to social media to shoot down its premise.

Writing on X, Griffin said, “Team Trump must be getting nervous. They're acting like the leftist media, pushing fake news from a hack op-ed and anonymous sources.”

“Ron DeSantis is in this for the long haul,” Griffin insisted.

However, given the current realities in Iowa, as revealed by recent polling that puts DeSantis at 18.4% and Trump at a whopping 50%, it remains to be seen whether those confident proclamations will stand the test of time.

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