Here’s how you know Donald Trump is afraid of Ron DeSantis, who’s running for governor of Florida with a populist, anti-Washington message. The businessman wrote an op-ed in The Hill on Tuesday saying DeSantis was a “flip-flopper” on the issue of gun control.
“When you think about it, maybe the governor isn’t a very good leader,” Trump wrote. “I mean, he’s not good at anything.”
Trump didn’t explicitly mention DeSantis by name, but he is referring to Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, who is running in the governor’s race and is a vocal supporter of gun control and Second Amendment rights.
The president added DeSantis’ name to the list of Republicans who he said were flip-flopping on the issue of gun control.
“It was amazing to watch the first debate at the NRA meeting and see how DeSantis was just like the rest of them,” Trump wrote. “He was just another flip-flopper.”
And it wasn’t just DeSantis, Trump wrote.
“And now, every time I think he’s right, he’s wrong,” Trump wrote.
He added: “I wonder why people like him.”
Watch the president’s piece in the video below for more:
Trump is referring to Gillum’s support for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and a ban on high-capacity magazines and “stand your ground” laws.
DeSantis, meanwhile, was supportive of the president’s position that gun violence is a public health crisis.
“A nation that is not prepared to protect its people from violent criminals and gangs cannot compete in the global marketplace,” he wrote. “To achieve that goal, we must reduce violent crime and reduce the demand for illegal guns.”
“This will be a difficult task, but it’s the necessary one. It is the one that will keep us safe and give us the opportunity to thrive.”
The president also used his op-ed to say that “gun violence is a public health crisis.”
That was an unsubstantiated claim.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said, “The overwhelming majority of gun-related deaths are suicides, and firearms suicides