Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Criticizes Kevin McCarthy's Comparison to Trump

Harper Quill

Updated Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 2:51 AM CDT

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Criticizes Kevin McCarthy's Comparison to Trump

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently took to social media to criticize Speaker Kevin McCarthy for his comments suggesting that DeSantis is not on the same level as former President Donald Trump. DeSantis pointed out that while McCarthy and Trump added $7 trillion to the national debt in just four years, Florida has been running budget surpluses and paying down its debt.

DeSantis also highlighted McCarthy's struggles to win the gavel earlier this year, suggesting that Trump's support played a crucial role in McCarthy's victory. Currently, McCarthy faces mounting challenges in the House.

During a press conference, DeSantis reaffirmed that he has kept every promise he made as governor. He criticized McCarthy and Trump for adding more debt to the country in four years than it had accumulated in its first 200 years.

The ongoing spending fight was also brought up by DeSantis, who spent about 30 minutes on the phone with conservative representatives Chip Roy, Thomas Massie, and Bob Good. He urged them to continue stonewalling any spending propositions that don't include hard-right policy demands.

In addition to his clash with McCarthy, DeSantis has also faced criticism from former President Trump. Trump declined to say whether he would support a federal ban on abortion but criticized DeSantis' signing of a six-week ban on abortion in Florida as a "terrible mistake." DeSantis defended his decision, calling it "noble and just" and criticizing Trump for criticizing states that enact pro-life protections for babies.

The issue of abortion has become a divisive topic within the Republican Party. While most Republican-led states have imposed new restrictions on abortion, states led by Democrats have passed protections. The Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade left the decision of whether and how to restrict abortion to the states, resulting in a patchwork of laws across the country.

According to polls, banning abortion at six weeks of pregnancy is unpopular with the U.S. public. A majority of Americans believe that abortion should be allowed up to six weeks of pregnancy, with half of Americans supporting abortions up to 15 weeks. Among Republicans, 56% believe abortion should be allowed up to six weeks, while 29% support making the procedure legal up to 15 weeks.

Despite the split among GOP voters and activists on Trump's stance on abortion, he has called himself the "most pro-life president in American history." However, he has declined to go along with some of his rivals, including Mike Pence, who is pushing for national abortion bans.

The clash between DeSantis, McCarthy, and Trump highlights the divisions within the Republican Party on issues such as fiscal responsibility and abortion. While DeSantis touts Florida's financial success and defends his pro-life stance, McCarthy and Trump face criticism for their handling of the national debt and their views on abortion. The ongoing debates will continue to shape the future of the party and its policy positions.

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