This past week Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida started to speak out on national and foreign affairs issues that don't directly affect Florida.
He criticized the Communist Party of China (CCP) for not allowing its citizens to speak out Covid clampdowns. He said in a tweet that their "maniacal impulse to exercise total control of the population" is the "hallmark" of the CCP regime.
He also took aim at Apple, Inc. for the company's apparent threat, later retracted by CEO Tim Cook, to drop advertising at Twitter and/or boot Twitter from the Apple App store. This was an issue that in all reality had nothing to do with Florida, but DeSantis felt he had to weigh in on the situation.
So far analysts are not commenting on this as a potential precursor for grander steps by DeSantis in national and foreign affairs. But it certainly looks like it could be the beginning of or part of a lily-hopping effort in that direction.
How They Tie Together
Maybe it's all tied together by DeSantis's theory that there is a woke agenda that he wants to fight. For example, Florida Politics magazine quoted DeSantis as saying this about Musk:
"It’s not like he’s a super-conservative, but he understands the woke elites in this country are trying to shove an agenda down everybody’s throats.”
DeSantis said this in October about Musk but it also applies to the latest situation with his fight with Apple, which now seems to be resolved amicably. Ron DeSantis had no comment after that resolution.
In fact, Florida Politics magazine now says that DeSantis is " showing fewer struggles with supporting DeSantis for President in 2024, a position that seems to have solidified since he first floated it last summer."
In fact, DeSantis went on Fox News with Tucker Carlson this week to comment both about the CCP and the Musk situation. Carlson pointed out that the GOP was mostly silent about these events but only DeSantis spoke up.
That probably shows more about Ron DeSantis's future plans than anything else he did this week. All that he needs to do now is start commenting on major economic events - which again, do not affect just Florida, but the whole nation. Then it will probably be clear to most people that DeSantis is likely going to run in 2024.
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