President Donald Trump lately issued his fourth official assertion about me since our controversial interview two months in the past.
(The one where he didn’t like me telling him I don’t consider he had the 2020 election stolen from him)
“Piers opened STRONG with me,” Trump sneered about my new TV present Piers Morgan Uncensored, “then ‘died.’ He now solely attracts flies.”
It made me chuckle as a result of a) I’m nonetheless alive b) the present’s going nice (give it a strive on Fox Nation) and c) Trump’s fierce loyalty to pals is barely matched by his comically obsessive trash-talking fury for those who fall out with him.
However there was additionally an irony about his assertion.
On the threat of additional incurring his wrath, if anybody is drawing flies proper now, it’s Donald Trump.
The as soon as all-powerful GOP beast bestriding the American political world like a paw-crunching King Kong is now seeing his stranglehold over the social gathering ebb away sooner than the notorious gorilla tumbled to his demise from the Empire State Constructing after being shot by US Navy jets.
And the identical foe is proving to be the lethal weapon once more now, within the type of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a US Navy conflict hero who suggested SEAL Workforce commanders in Iraq, and who nonetheless serves with the US Navy Reserve.
In the event you have been scripting an ideal Republican presidential candidate, the checklist of most popular necessities would learn one thing like DeSantis’s resume.
He’s a person from humble beginnings, raised in Dunedin, Florida by working-class mother and father (his father put in Nielsen TV scores containers, his mom was a nurse.)
‘He was vivid… very, very attentive,’ Dee Centinaro, DeSantis’ first-grade trainer, told the Miami Herald. ‘I knew he would do his work, I knew he would listen, and I knew I might belief him.’
He graduated with honors from each Yale and Harvard Regulation College.
He was captain of Yale’s baseball workforce and had one of the best batting common (.336). ‘He’s an incredible captain,’ teammate Kyle Cousin mentioned of DeSantis on the time. ‘He helps everyone out. He’s a real chief on and off the sector.’
He was a navy officer who served at Guantanamo Bay, and in Iraq as authorized advisor to SEAL Workforce One in the course of the deadliest yr of the conflict in 2007, making certain the missions have been legally performed and captured detainees have been handled humanely.
DeSantis was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service, and his boss, Navy Capt. Dane Thorleifson, who commanded the SEAL Particular Operations Activity-Drive-West in Fallujah, mentioned of him: ‘He was tremendous sensible, articulate, resourceful and a optimistic a part of the workers. I relied on him closely.’
DeSantis then grew to become a federal prosecutor, serving as a Particular Assistant within the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace within the Center District of Florida.
Ronald Henry, who was DeSantis’ direct supervisor, described him as an ‘aggressive prosecutor who didn’t go mild.’
All of which provides as much as a stunningly spectacular set of ticks within the field for individuals who ought to run for president.
And that’s earlier than we get to his extremely profitable tenure as governor of Florida, the place, no matter you consider him, DeSantis has indisputably confirmed himself to be a daring, fearless, combative and decided chief, incomes him excessive approval scores and the form of nationwide media consideration that potential presidents get.
That’s why Republican billionaires are lining as much as again him, enabling De Santis to construct up a staggering $124 million for his 2022 gubernatorial marketing campaign conflict chest — twice what he wanted to win in 2018 — and that’s why he’s now grow to be Trump’s worst nightmare.
The 2 males have publicly supported one another for years, however I confidently predict this mutual admiration society is about to hit the buffers large time.
For if there’s one factor Trump can’t abdomen greater than individuals who don’t purchase into his ‘rigged election’ bulls–t, it’s individuals who would possibly threaten his possibilities of returning to the White Home in 2024.
And Ron DeSantis, 43, is that particular person.
He isn’t simply 35 years youthful than Trump, he’s extra eloquent, targeted and arranged, going about his enterprise with military-style planning.
He’s additionally extra severe, which is an effective factor, however as he confirmed together with his ‘I welcome help from African-People’ quip after Elon Musk mentioned he was leaning in the direction of supporting him, he can do attraction and sensible humor when he must.
DeSantis could also be Trumpian in terms of coverage, agreeing with him on most points, which can please the MAGA crowd, however he comes with out all of the January 6 baggage (he hasn’t mentioned the 2020 election was stolen) and wildly erratic and polarising persona.
As liberal Invoice Maher put it: ‘You recognize what Ron DeSantis gained’t be doing? He gained’t be poop-tweeting daily. It gained’t be, like, having feuds with Bette Midler on Twitter. He’s not an insane particular person.’
Ron DeSantis is exhibiting himself to be a formidable and dynamic political operator, whether or not it’s taking over Disney over LGBT instructing in colleges, conserving Florida largely open in the course of the covid pandemic — which was lambasted on the time, however the stats have more and more vindicated his controversial resolution with Florida’s demise price decrease than states like New York that opted for harsh lockdowns — or waging conflict on the absurd however harmful woke cancel tradition.
He’s additionally a faithful household man with three younger youngsters whose spouse Casey confirmed her personal combating spirit by beating breast most cancers.
So, by nearly any political metric you select, this man’s a much better possibility for main the Republicans into the 2024 election than Donald Trump, and lots of social gathering activists agree which is why he’s come forward of Trump as most popular candidate in latest polls of Republican voters in Colorado and Wisconsin.
He’s simply youthful, brisker, and extra thrilling than the getting old, raging gorilla who’s grow to be a whiny, Democracy-defying bore.
And if DeSantis does win the nomination, I feel he’ll destroy beleaguered Joe Biden – or every other Democrat, for that matter — to win the presidency.
However don’t take my phrase for his credentials, take Trump’s.
In 2017, when he was President and DeSantis was working for Governor, he tweeted: ‘Ron DeSantis is an excellent younger chief, Yale after which Harvard Regulation, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida. He loves our Nation and is a real FIGHTER!’
He’s, as Trump’s about to search out out.
The sport’s up for The Donald, who opened his political profession STRONG however who’s now “died.”
It’s time Republicans put their religion in The Ronald.