DeSantis Threatens Veto and to Block Florida’s Plan to Pay Trump’s

(IntegrityTimes.com) – Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis was blasted by users on social media for reneging on his call for unity just one day after dropping out of the 2024 Republican presidential primary. He shared a post on X, formerly, Twitter, containing an article from Politico regarding the push by some Florida state legislators to pay $5 million of former President Trump’s legal fees. DeSantis captioned the post with “But not the Florida Republican who wields the veto pen.”

While his reasoning for not backing the legislation may be legitimate, most users were scolding him for attacking other Republicans rather than focusing on beating President Biden. Many said that he could sought out the article to take a jab at Trump. The legislative effort began with state Senator Ileana Garcia, who represents Miami. Florida’s chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis, also backed the bill. He has publicly advocated for the state to pay for Trump’s legal defense. However, Garcia withdrew the bill just a few hours after DeSantis’s post. She said that Trump could pay his own legal bills now that he was likely to win the Republican nomination.

Garcia also released a statement nearly 12 hours after withdrawing the legislation. She argued that the Democrats and the Biden administration were doing everything possible to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot. She said that the state would benefit from having a president from Florida and that supporting presidential candidates would be beneficial for the state. The legislation was not specific to Trump, but to any Florida presidential candidates who were facing “political discrimination.”

Politico noted that Republicans had not prioritized the legislation in the new session. However, Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried did not pass up an opportunity to criticize Republicans for allegedly ignoring other issues in the state. Patronis also commented on the legislation, noting that DeSantis could also need help in the future if he decided to run again.

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