Governor Ron DeSantis is being slammed by a Biden-appointed official as a “mini-Donald Trump” and “children’s child” as support grows for the Republican official to run for president in 2024.
Gwen Graham, an assistant secretary of the Department of Education, has almost turned her Twitter page into an anti-DeSantis platform, recently saying she discovered him “a long time ago” when the two were representing Florida in Congress.
DeSantis won a second term as the state’s governor on Nov. 8 from Democrat Charle Crist in the latest sign that the state has swung further to the right. He had previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018.
Leading up to the midterm elections, Graham posted a series of tweets against DeSantis between posts glorifying President Joe Biden or showing off her life as a politician.
“Look at the date on this tweet,” Graham tweeted on Oct. 27 while referencing a previous one from September 2019. “Over three years ago. I discovered Ron a long time ago when we served in Congress together. Just bad.’
Graham was referring to her previous tweet where she failed to convince the public that DeSantis was not who he said he was.
“DO NOT believe @GovRonDeSantis’ bipartisan spin,” Graham wrote. He’s a mini @realDonaldTrump. To the Floridians… who have said, “He’s not as bad as I thought he would be,” I say, “No, he’s worse.” Attention Florida. Actions rather than words.’
Florida residents didn’t seem to take Graham’s warning too seriously, as the governor won by nearly 20 votes, including in impossibly blue Miami-Dade County.
Gwen Graham, a Department of Education official, for years reiterated her distaste for DeSantis in failed attempts to warn the public about him on Twitter
Governor Ron DeSantis is constantly criticized by Graham as a ‘mini Donald Trump’ and ‘man child’
Graham’s Twitter profile has turned into a DeSantis complaints page with occasional posts praising Joe Biden and her glamorous life
Graham commented on her thoughts on DeSantis running for president in 2024
DeSantis’ rise to stardom began when he refused to follow public health guidelines. Lately, it has turned into frequent discussions with the Biden administration about everything from immigration to gender expression in classrooms.
Graham previously tried to slam DeSantis on Twitter, calling him a “cowardly bully.”
While Graham gave no context to support her claim against the Florida governor, she appears to support her statements.
“I know Ron,” she wrote in June. “He’s a cowardly bully. He will turn and run if he can’t use his office as a stage to make him look fake big. He is small.’
She also called the governor a “man child” in January 2021 and posted a meme of DeSantis as Lord Farquaad from Shrek saying, “Some of you may die.” But that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.’
In a recent attempt to discredit DeSantis, Graham poked Crist at the governor during his gubernatorial debate on Oct. 24.
“No debate training will help Ron,” Graham wrote on Twitter. ‘Not possible. He will be eaten alive if he ever (&, please NO) makes it to the presidential debate stage. If Trump, or any R with presidential aspirations, were watching tonight, they’re looking for the chance to destroy him.”
It seemed like Graham was referring to Crist’s question to DeSantis about his aspirations for governor and whether he spent all four years of his term at the governor’s mansion.
She also called the governor a “man child” in January 2021 and posted a meme of DeSantis as Lord Farquaad from Shrek saying, “Some of you may die.” But that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make’
Charlie Crist, a former congressman, gave his concession speech on Nov. 8 in St. Petersburg, Florida
DeSantis has gained a national profile over the past two years, opening his state earlier than others during the COVID-19 pandemic and taking a central role in the country’s culture wars.
Shortly before the election, he ordered the state to fly migrants from Texas to the smart liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard in protest of the federal government’s failure to prevent people from crossing the southern border.
He built up a war chest of some $200 million during the last election and is well placed to launch a presidential run once the formality of re-election is over.
A strong showing with Florida’s Hispanics could make him the kind of Republican who can build a multi-ethnic coalition and win the White House back from the Democrats.
The results from Miami-Dade, with its large Latino population, suggest that he has done just that.
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis waves from the podium along with his wife Casey and children before delivering a victory speech on Nov. 8
“We saw freedom and our way of life wither on the vine in so many other jurisdictions in this country. Florida held on,” he cheered during his victory speech
The 44-year-old regularly tops polls on who Republicans would want to run for the White House in 2024 — if former President Donald Trump sits out.
Trump, for his part, sees the danger and has fired shots across the governor’s bow.
At a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Trump revealed a new nickname for him: “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
And he later gave a veiled threat.
“I don’t know if he’s on the run. I think if he runs he could hurt himself really bad, I do believe he could hurt himself really bad,” Trump said.
He hinted that he was ready to go on the offensive with personal details.
“But if he ran, I could tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him, except maybe his wife, who actually runs his campaign.