Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked the “stalled” federal government during his post-inauguration speech.
DeSantis was sworn in for a second term Tuesday after decisively defeating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in the recent midterm elections.
While his 16 minute speech In the aftermath, DeSantis not only repeated his frequent past attacks on “awakened ideology,” but also targeted the Biden administration and the federal government for impeding Florida’s success.
“Now Florida’s success has been complicated by the faltering federal institute in Washington, DC,” DeSantis said.
“The federal government has unleashed an inflationary spending spree that has left our nation weaker and our citizens poorer. It has enacted pandemic restrictions and mandates based more on ideology and politics than solid science, and this has eroded freedom and stifled trade.
“It has ruthlessly facilitated open borders, flouted the rule of law, allowed massive amounts of drugs to infect our states, imported criminal aliens and greenlit the flow of millions of illegal aliens into our country, affecting communities and taxpayers across the country pollutes the country.”
DeSantis then criticized federal energy policies for driving up prices and undermining national security.
His lengthy screed against the federal government comes as many have viewed the Florida governor as the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
While DeSantis has always been contested, for many he jumped to the front of the pack after Florida Republicans enjoyed outright victories in the last midterms while candidates in the form of former President Donald Trump largely failed in numerous states.
Trump made his long-awaited announcement of a third presidential bid for 2024 just after the midterms, against the wishes of many advisers and amid a cloud of criticism for his negative influence in the party. Despite this sentiment, Trump maintained a sizeable lead over DeSantis in early polls.
However, in the weeks that followed, further polls have indicated that his support among Republicans is waning, while support for DeSantis has surged. A United States todayA Suffolk University poll released in mid-December found that the Florida governor had 56 percent support from Republican voters and independents who identify as either conservative or very conservative. By comparison, Trump had just 33 percent of the support.
The same poll also gave DeSantis a 3 percent lead over Biden in a hypothetical general election, although other polls have given Biden an edge over DeSantis and Trump.
That United States today/Suffolk polled 1,000 registered voters, of whom 374 were registered Republicans or conservative-leaning independents.
news week has reached out to the White House for comment.
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