Like Trump before him, Ron DeSantis seems to excel at one particular trade of his: How to make enemies fast. Let us count, in this blog, all the enemies Ron DeSantis has forged just in 2023 as he launches his presidential bid. From individuals, to groups, to institutions, DeSantis is a failure on a grand scale America is watching while it unfolds and collapses at the same time.
Let’s look into the groups that DeSantis has already metastasized into anti-DeSantis committed voting blocks, and who will show up in force come November 5, 2024. If he bypasses Donald Trump, which we believe is a high mountain to climb. Yes, even with Trump’s own army of supporters, most of whom will not show up on November 5 if the GOP favors DeSantis over Trump.
Of course, the GOP will have to choose between fearmongering to persuade Trumps’ supporters to vote, or attacking the record of Joe Biden. Both strategies simultaneously dilute both messages.
DeSantis war on Latinos had the Mexican president call out for refuting the Governor of Florida.
WHO DISLIKES WHAT DESANTIS STANDS FOR?
LGBTQ Communities: No one has assailed the LGBTQ communities like Ron DeSantis has, and even his war on Disney is rooted in that truth. Expect the LGBTQ and their moral supporters to mobilize the Gen. X and Gen. Z voters to pierce badly the DeSantis armor. Or, Trump, for that matter.
Trump and his 30 million hardcore supporters: There is this sense among pundits and analysts that persuading Donald Trump’s’ supporters to actually vote for Ron DeSantis, if he won the nomination, would be a bridge too far to cross. Besides that eye-opening reality, anyone who believes that Ron DeSantis is going to walk away with the nomination without Trump putting up a dirty fight has not read a newspaper or been online in the last 7 years.
Latinos and DeSantis Migrant policies: DeSantis war on Latinos had the Mexican president call out for refuting the Governor of Florida. According to the 2000 census, the Latino voting block is becoming a force to reckon with going forward. Registered Latino voters stand at just over 18 millions, which represents over 11% of all 2020 voters. Even if that number drops to 8% who will not vote for Ron DeSantis, this is a considerable block no future President can do without.
Look for a one million women march in the summer of 2024 to descend on Washington as a warning to the GOP.
WAR ON WOMEN AND CORPORATE AMERICA
Women in General: It is well known that over 60% of the country does not support the style of abortion that Ron DeSantis is imposing on women in Florida (six-week ban). Here is another large voting block of liberals, independents, and even some conservative women who object to their marginalization by old white men, which will march and protest against any DeSantis extremist presidency. Look for a one million women march in the summer of 2024 to descend on Washington as a warning to the GOP.
Corporate America: The GOP is attacking capitalism in shocking ways as companies, like Disney, Bud Light, and Target lose money because of the GOP war on the LGBTQ voters. How will DeSantis war on Disney impact corporate support is yet unknown. Needless to say, that, closer to election time, Disney will have a surprise or two for DeSantis. In fact, DeSantis is raking in enemies like a gardener rakes dead leaves.
Millions of Independents: Most voters who sit in the middle will not vote for DeSantis extremism, no matter the GOP spin to attract their votes. This goes against the very essence of centrism and moderation. Expect that group to voice its concern against DeSantis fanatic policies by voting in droves.
Ron DeSantis is a man with zero social skills to be able to reach the finish line triumphantly.
ALL THE ENEMIES RON DESANTIS HAS FORGED
Possibly the intelligence community: When DeSantis said he would consider aggressively the pardoning of Donald Trump, he made the intelligence community, which believes that Donald Trump is a danger to national security, his enemy. It’s just one more group, DeSantis, in his nonchalant fashion, turned off with his extremism.
Florida’s lobbyists: Even those who voted for Ron DeSantis, like many of the Florida lobbyists he recently blackmailed to donate to his campaign, may be taking a second look at Ron DeSantis the President. Imagine how Ron DeSantis has turned the closest people who deal with his administration into skeptical and angry voters to realize how unfit he is to become the next President.
Ron DeSantis is a man with zero social skills to be able to reach the finish line triumphantly. He has no patience, no personal empathy, and no finesse to find his way through the jungle he just entered.
Besides Donald Trump, all the above people, groups, and institutions are going to eat Ron DeSantis alive. They will not let him destroy our democracy.