Donald Trump might be taking a hit from the January 6th hearings, but Florida governor Ron DeSantis has to be loving what’s happening. DeSantis has seen an influx of donors and a significant jump in his poll numbers since the public hearings began, and that all has to do with Republicans waking up to how toxic Trump is. Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.
Link – https://www.reuters.com/world/us/jan-6-hearings-portray-an-unhinged-trump-desantis-may-be-biggest-winner-2022-06-30/
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It’s no secret that Donald Trump is very clearly the big loser from the January 6th, uh, televised hearings. But in order to have a loser, that means you also have to have a winner. And based on the polling data that we’re seeing, it’s kind of hard to say that the Democrats are winning. You know, there’s certainly changing people’s minds, which is great, but it’s not necessarily benefiting the democratic party. So they’re not the winner. So who is benefiting from all of this? Well, that’s a very clear answer folks. And that person happens to be Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, nobody, nobody involved in these hearings has done better than Ron DeSantis, who is not involved in these hearings. So how does something that does not affect Ron DeSantis one way or the other benefit him? Glad you asked folks because it turns out donors. And again, I’ve talked about this at length, but we’re getting more and more reports in as more and more donors, uh, do this big money.
Republican donors are now fleeing from Donald Trump and running to Ron DeSantis, who I just learned this, cuz I hadn’t seen the latest numbers. I was still laboring under the delusion that Ron DeSantis had 50, some odd million dollars in the bank for his reelection. I was way off. He has over a hundred million dollars now in his campaign war chest, a war chest that he probably doesn’t even need to touch in order to win reelection here in the state of Florida, Ron DeSantis, Ron DeSantis is now sitting on more money than the Republican party and the democratic party combined.
Ron DeSantis now has more money than Donald Trump’s political action committee. Ron DeSantis has more money than any other candidate in the United States of America. Think about that for a minute and he didn’t have to spend it on this race. So why is all this money going to him? Well, according to one donor Dan Everhart, who recently spoke to Reuters about this, he said, um, he has spoken to 150 of his fellow Republican donors. Um, and he said that they backed Trump six months ago and only a quarter of that 150 went for DeSantis. But now he says the balance has shifted two thirds, want DeSantis now as the 2024 nominee. So he went from having 25% of the support of these, you know, 150, some odd donors that Everhart talks to, to now having 66% of their support. Now that’s not necessarily where the entirety of his, you know, 110, I think million dollar war chest
Came from, but it’s certainly helping. And these donors as I repeatedly pointed out and I gotta pointed out again, just because it’s important to remember these donors, aren’t trying to buy the state of Florida. They got everything they need here in Florida. Always have always will. Even when the Democrats were in charge, you know, 30 years ago, but they’re trying to pay off DeSantis now so that when he runs in 2024 and assuming he wins, they’ve already bought him. You know, you don’t have to spend a whole heck of a lot of money on the presidential race. If you’ve already gotten in the guy’s good graces and basically, you know, bought him before he gets really expensive. It’s an investment right now. Buying DeSantis is cheap and there’s very little risk involved. Whereas buying Donald Trump, guy’s got a lot of money himself. So you gotta, you gotta spend big to buy into him, not to mention that’s a huge risk that likely is not going to pay off for you. So speaking as you know, an investment DeSantis is clearly more attractive to these people than Donald Trump, which is why Ron DeSantis so far is the biggest winner of these January 6th committee hearings.