Trump and Stand Your Ground: The week in Florida politics

Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week:


Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is putting all his chips on President Donald Trump in the race for governor. Not only did Trump have a campaign rally with DeSantis this week, but DeSantis released a television ad reinforcing the president’s endorsement of his campaign over that of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

The ad seeks seeks to be an amusing approach to the all-Trump, all-the-time strategy DeSantis has used this campaign.

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It opens with his wife, Casey, saying, “Everyone knows my husband, Ron DeSantis, is endorsed by President Trump, but he’s also an amazing dad.”

It then shows the congressman and the couple’s toddler daughter stacking large blocks as he exclaims, “Build the wall!”

In the next scene, DeSantis sits with a book in one hand, and his infant son in the other and says, “Then Mr. Trump said, “You’re fired!” I love that part.”

And then Casey DeSantis says her husband is teaching their daughter Madison to talk. The congressman is shown holding a Trump campaign sign and pointing at each word as he tells his daughter, “Make America Great Again.”

Casey says, “People say Ron’s all Trump, but he is so much more.” The next seen shows Ron DeSantis standing over a crib and watching his son in a “Make America Great Again” onesie.

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