Midterms 2022: who is Ron De Santis, the Florida governor who challenges Trump for Republican leadership

Elizabeth Smith

Let’s find out who Ron De Santis is. Between biblical metaphors and ultra-conservative acts, the Florida governor is poised to take the Republican leadership.

Ron De Santis is challenging Donald Trump and in Florida is preparing to ‘destroy’ his godfather. De Santis is liked by many in and outside Republican political circles. His political rise began thanks to US cultural battles that made him a man of the people who knows how to speak to people’s bellies.

Let’s find out who is the one who could become the next president of the United States of America.

The political rise of Ron De Santis: who is Donald Trump’s rival

Ron De Santis, born in 1978, turned 44 on 14 September. Father of Madison, Mamie and Mason and husband, since 2010, of former TV host Jill Casey Black. His re-election had never been questioned by the Republicans. This, despite the fact that in 2018 he won in Florida by the skin of his teeth.

A handful of extra votes resulted in De Santis becoming governor, but everything has changed since then. Many have wondered how it is possible that a politician who did not enjoy broad support is now among the candidates for the White House.

The themes dear to Ron De Santis

His rhetoric is almost entirely populist and focused on US culture, as already mentioned. De Santis has openly spoken out against the American left, accusing it of promoting the wrong models of immigration, gender ideology and first and foremost the questionable Covid pandemic management.

Thanks to the pandemic, Ron De Santis found fertile ground to cultivate his political ascendancy. This, by becoming the defender of a section of the population that may not have feared the infamous virus or that raged against restrictions.

In Florida, De Santis fought to reopen schools during periods of hard lockdown and eliminate masks in institutions.

Also on schools, De Santis passed two pieces of legislation: the ‘Stop Woke Act’ and the ‘Don’t Say Gay’. The first law restricted race-related topics from being taught in schools and allowed parents to sue schools and teachers in the event of violations.

The second law, very dear to ultra-conservatives, banned talking about sexual orientation and gender identity in primary schools and restricted its discussion in high school.

De Santis Vs Trump

His speeches do not stray too far from the Republican position, if not outright Trumpian. Donald Trump indeed calls himself the political godfather of Ron De Santis. But as the pupil has now surpassed the master, what was once his godson has now become his arch-enemy.

The former president of the United States of America will challenge him in Florida for the 2024 presidential race, and he is furious because a portion of the party’s influential voters have already declared that they will vote for De Santis.

Perhaps the Republican leadership wants to distance itself from Trump given his experience in the White House and his judicial measures by going all-in with De Santis.

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