Report: DeSantis Lured Trump to Hold Now Cancelled RNC in Florida With Big Promises

Ron DeSantis has very big political goals. The governor of Florida is reportedly hoping to parlay leading one of the countries largest states into a 2024 presidential bid. The year of 2020, though, has not been going well for the Yale and Harvard educated lawmaker.

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First, DeSantis has been heavily criticized for Florida’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many have also accused the governor of being overly sycophantic to Donald Trump. According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, DeSantis used this connection with the President to lure the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville. That event, however, had to be cancelled due to the rapid rise of coronavirus in the state.

The RNC was initially meant to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The president then began to blanch at the health related restrictions that would be put in place.

DeSantis swooped in to offer an alternative. Steve Contorno and Kirby Wilson write, “Florida could fly in and put up thousands of delegates, fete Trump in style and keep attendees safe from a fast-spreading disease, DeSantis said in June. And they could do it without all those pesky safety restrictions that North Carolina’s Gov. Roy Cooper would have required in Charlotte.”

Of course, the event would also help to raise DeSantis profile as well. Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters said the event would, “put Gov. DeSantis in the spotlight and add fuel to his efforts to make a national name for himself.”

It was all for naught, however, as Florida is now the nation’s Covid epicenter and not a safe place to hold this kind of gathering. Trump admitted so this week when he told reporters, “The timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right with what’s happened recently — the flare up in Florida — to have a big convention. It’s not the right time.”

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