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DeSantis wants Biden oversight if GOP wins in November

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis headlined the Sunshine Summit GOP state fundraiser in Hollywood, Florida.
  • He has pushed congressional Republicans to sue the Biden administration if they win in November.
  • “I’m sick of them telling us what they’re going to do,” DeSantis said.

HOLLYWOOD, Florida— Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was the protagonist of a major statewide fundraiser on Saturday, where he sent a message to Republicans returning to the U.S. Capitol: Get President Joe Biden.

“We need to see action to hold Biden and his minions accountable,” DeSantis told a crowd of 1,500 packed into a banquet hall at the Sunshine Summit, a fundraiser hosted by the Florida Republican Party.

The governor launched a tirade against Biden’s immigration policy. He called the administration’s approach an “open border,” referring to the record number of migrants arriving in the United States over the past year.

DeSantis, who previously served in the U.S. House, also criticized his own party, saying it was too much talk and not enough action.

“If they get majorities in Congress, I’m sick of them talking,” he said at the “Victory Dinner” event as dessert was served. “I’m sick of them telling us what they’re going to do. I’m sick of them going through cable and doing this, and chatting.”

“In Florida, we don’t just talk, we do,” he added.

Republicans are expected to win a majority in the House in November, which will give them control over the public hearings to be held. The fate of the Senate is more uncertain.

DeSantis took the stage for a standing ovation in a ballroom at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Only a few outlets, including Insider, were asked to cover the dinner in person.

Even though the banquet was a campaign event and the governor is re-elected in Florida, he did not once mention his Democratic opponents. They include Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Representative Charlie Crist of Florida, who once served as governor of the state as a Republican. They will face off in the August 23 primary to take on DeSantis.

The governor is expected to be re-elected largely because of his national name recognition and because Republicans in Florida have overtaken registered Democrats in the state by 220,000.

On Saturday, DeSantis revisited several of his favorite talking points in a speech that lasted nearly 30 minutes. But above all, he aimed to portray himself as a foil to Biden, who has COVID-19.

“We should all send our best wishes to President Joe Biden for a speedy recovery from his fight against COVID,” he said. “And I hope the United States recovers quickly from their fight against Joe Biden.”

Throughout the speech, the governor reflected on his tenure and portrayed himself as a fighter against the media, “cancel culture” and “the woke mob” — but mostly as a fighter against Biden.

“You have to have the guts to stand in the way of Brandon’s administration,” DeSantis said, using an anti-Biden moniker often invoked by TV personalities and right-wing voters.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on DeSantis’ speech. The Democratic National Committee pointed to its statement released before the speech, which criticized DeSantis for his administration’s refusal to order COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers.

DeSantis also bragged about his battle over COVID-19 vaccination mandates, his high-profile fight with Disney over a school program his critics called “Don’t Say Gay,” and how he reopened schools. schools earlier than most states.

More than 77,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Florida, and the governor’s actions have drawn ire from Democrats.

But they also endeared DeSantis on the right, with some polls even showing he could overtake former President Donald Trump if he runs for president in 2024. Conservative commentator Dave Rubin pitched DeSantis before he ascended onstage and said he had “acted as president”. for a year and a half.”

DeSantis did not mention Trump in his speech, although the former president often takes credit for endorsing DeSantis during his 2018 run and helping him land the GOP nomination. On Saturday, Trump was across Florida from Tampa delivering his own speech at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit. DeSantis also appeared at that event on Friday.