Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday mentioned that he wouldn’t dine with White nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes as former President Donald Trump did final 12 months, however prevented immediately criticizing his GOP rival for doing so.
When requested how he feels about Republicans associating with Fuentes, DeSantis instructed CNN’s John Berman, “I reject all conspiracy theories of that nature. I believe that we simply have a lot rubbish in our society proper now.”
Pressed once more on whether or not he thinks Republicans must be consuming with Fuentes, DeSantis mentioned, “I might not try this.”
Final 12 months, Trump hosted Fuentes, a White nationalist with well-known antisemitic views, at his Mar-a-Lago property together with rapper Kanye West, only a week after he launched his newest White Home bid. He was criticized for the dinner, together with by soon-to-be 2024 Republican rivals Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson. Trump later denied understanding who Fuentes was when he got here to Mar-a-Lago.
On Wednesday, DeSantis condemned an announcement by Fuentes over the weekend saying Israel’s intelligence failure is “a little bit suspicious in gentle of how the Likud authorities will profit politically from this disaster.”
“That’s completely outrageous,” DeSantis instructed Berman. “This rubbish on the market you hear issues individuals are saying that the infants actually someway weren’t killed, that that is all simply manufactured. I perceive, there’s conspiracy theories that may go on, however we’ve bought to place that rubbish apart, and we’ve bought to face with Israel.”
“We have now to sentence the antisemitism that has motivated these assaults and that has motivated assaults around the globe,” DeSantis added.
DeSantis additionally indicated that he would assist a clear support invoice for Israel within the wake of Hamas’ shock assault over the weekend and Israel’s ensuing struggle declaration, reasonably than tying it to different points, reminiscent of Ukraine support or border safety, as some Republicans and Democrats have prompt.
“What I might simply merely do, is you wish to assist Israel, let’s simply do it and don’t attempt to leverage different issues, however that’s how Congress operates, I’ll allow them to try this,” DeSantis mentioned. “That is an hour that requires robust assist.”
“Congress has been in disarray. They haven’t been producing and I believe they should get their act collectively,” DeSantis added.
Weighing in on President Joe Biden’s speech – wherein the Democrat condemned “pure, unadulterated evil” within the Center East – DeSantis mentioned, “I believe that these phrases have been appreciated.” However he continued to characterize the president as “lacking in motion” over the weekend. On the similar time, he referred to as for “unanimity” throughout the political aisle in assist of Israel.
“Let’s have unanimity between each events all throughout this nation, that we’re going to face with Israel, not simply right now, not simply tomorrow, however within the weeks and months forward,” DeSantis mentioned.
Requested how he would deliver residence Individuals being held hostage by Hamas, DeSantis mentioned, “We’d use all accessible assets to rescue Individuals. That is our job and our responsibility because the president of the USA, and we might try this, and we might work very carefully with the Israelis to get that job accomplished.”
DeSantis additionally referred to as on Biden to “reverse” his insurance policies on the southern border to guard towards potential threats.
“We’re weak when you have got all these military-age males coming in. Do you assume that our enemies haven’t been taking a look at that weak spot?” he mentioned. “We all know individuals from Russia have come, we all know China and different elements of the Center East. That isn’t good for the safety of this nation.”
In a Tuesday interview on “The Howie Carr Present,” DeSantis mentioned Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan have been each good guys, however he indicated he would possible assist Jordan for Home speaker if he have been nonetheless in Congress.
DeSantis instructed Berman, nonetheless, it’s much less in regards to the speaker and extra about who can ship outcomes.
“I like each guys. I’m mates with each of them. I voted for Jim previously. You understand, once I’m again there and my former days, however right here’s the factor: The necessary factor is to finish the chaos and begin delivering outcomes,” DeSantis mentioned.
“If Jim can try this, nice. If Steve can try this, nice. However they should get their act collectively as a result of individuals are watching,” he mentioned.