The Gatekeeper Makes His Move

In a move that will surprise precisely no one who has been paying any attention at all: Ron DeSantis has finally gone anti-Trump, just in time to announce that he’s running for President:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has finally taken the gloves off and launched a blistering attack on his former mentor, former President Donald Trump.

In an exclusive wide-ranging interview with me airing on Fox Nation’s “Piers Morgan Uncensored” on Thursday, he said “stay tuned” about his widely expected announcement that he’s running for president and declared: “I have what it takes to be president and I can beat [President] Biden.”

But it’s what he said about Trump that will ignite a firestorm in the Republican Party.

It was clear that the governor has had enough of Trump’s constant baiting and felt ready to take him on in what could end up being a ferocious battle for the White House.

And in a series of jabs at likely his biggest rival for the Republican nomination, DeSantis slammed Trump over his character failings, chaotic leadership style, and for his handling of the COVID pandemic — especially in keeping controversial health chief Dr. Anthony Fauci in his post helping to run the White House coronavirus task force.

Trump was an excellent president despite his massive failures. DeSantis has been a very good governor for Florida. But whereas Trump appears to have been defeated by an Establishment that hates him as much as it hates the American people, DeSantis is a creature of the Establishment disguised as an independent player.