In a bold and unapologetic address at the Concerned Women for America Summit in Washington, D.C., Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took center stage to confront one of the staggering national debts of the country. Here’s the whole story.
Sharing the Weight of Responsibility
In his speech, DeSantis pointed fingers at both congressional Democrats and Republicans, saying that both parties share the blame for this fiscal crisis.
DeSantis said, “I’m not going to let the Congress spend this country into oblivion any longer.”
“And let’s just be clear – we didn’t get $32 trillion in debt just because of one party. It’s been Republicans and Democrats in D.C. who have bankrupted this country,” he continued.
However, this was not the first time DeSantis blamed the Republicans.
Increased Debt Under Trump
In a recent interview with CBS News, DeSantis didn’t shy away from confronting his primary opponent, former President Donald Trump.
During this candid exchange, he underscored the fact that under the Trump administration, the national debt had swelled by a staggering $7.4 trillion.
DeSantis said, “Donald Trump added almost $8 trillion to the debt in four years. He ran saying he was going to eliminate the national debt.”
“He did make that promise, and they did the opposite,” he added.
“Careening Towards Bankruptcy”
DeSantis also condemned the bipartisan debt ceiling deal signed into law by President Biden in June.
He argued that the U.S. is still “careening toward bankruptcy” and criticized the short-term, election-driven mindset that permeates Washington, D.C.
“In Washington, D.C., they do these cycles to just get them through the next election. And that’s ultimately one of the reasons why they continue to fail,” he said.
Tell the American People the Truth
Currently, the GOP is undergoing a reckoning, with prominent figures like DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley publicly acknowledging their party’s role in exacerbating the national debt crisis.
Haley, in particular, made headlines during the first GOP primary debate when she boldly declared, “No one is telling the American people the truth.”
She argued that the blame for the mounting debt crisis should not be solely placed on President Biden.
She pointed out that “our Republicans” also bear responsibility for their actions.
How to Fix It
She added, “When they passed that $2.2 trillion COVID stimulus bill, they left us with 90 million people on Medicaid, 42 million people on food stamps. No one has told you how to fix it.”
She also criticized DeSantis and Trump for voting in favor of raising the debt ceiling.
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One user wrote, “Says the worst Gov. in Fl. History. Wait till we see the Fl. Deficit caused by Him!”
A Racist and a Bigot
Another user added, “DeSantis’ list of failures. Proven record of racism and bigotry, his retaliation against anyone that disagrees with him, his attack on one of FL’s largest employers for publicity, reportedly took $4.9 million dollars in donations from Insurance Companies.”
A third user commented, “And DeSantis is responsible for almost destroying Florida!”
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Andrew Cline
Source: The Hill