During a conversation about the Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom, Lawrence Jones gave a bit of a right jab at Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the program Fox & Friends.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade opened the show by asking why Newsom did not have the intestinal fortitude to oppose incumbent Democrat Joe Biden for the nomination of the Democratic Party.
Kilmeade noted that Ronald Reagan was a candidate who didn’t wait for the party bosses to tell him to run or not to run against Gerald Ford. He decided to run anyhow. Ted Kennedy didn’t wait for the party leaders to tell him not to run against Jimmy Carter. Barack Obama was a candidate who didn’t consider that it was Hillary Clinton’s time.
The Fox host asked where precisely the guts are on the left. If it’s your time, whether you’re in your fifties or sixties, and you feel you can pull it off, go for it!
Get in there and start campaigning as soon as possible, Kilmeade said.
Jones chimed in, saying it’s an excellent point, but he believes in Newsom’s defense, “you don’t want a DeSantis situation.”
Brian agreed that Jones had a valid point, as well. Jones said you try to “be the guy” and tank in the polling.
The co-host, Steve Doocy, suggested it would be a curse if you lost.
Then it’s over for you, continued the co-host Aisley Earhardt.
Following his resounding victory in the gubernatorial re-election battle in November, DeSantis was hailed as the future of the Republican Party.
Nevertheless, despite his achievements in Florida, DeSantis has been unable to make significant headway in his bid for the presidency.
Despite providing $5 million to Ron DeSantis’ governor re-election campaign and indicating support for a presidential candidacy, Republican megadonor and billionaire Ken Griffin said he will not back DeSantis’ bid for the White House. Griffin made this announcement on Tuesday.
Robert Bigelow, a multimillionaire who had been DeSantis’ single largest individual supporter in the past, declared in August that he would stop sponsoring the governor’s presidential campaign unless the governor revised his political strategy to appeal to moderates.
Newsom wants none of that. He will wait for a clear pathway.