Trump’s demagogic clown show was a warm-up for DeSantis outright autocracy

The United States spent a tense four years under President Donald J. Trump which culminated in the January 6, Insurrection, the “Parler Putsch” which was inspired by Florida Republicans.

For all the pressure Trump put on American democracy and institutions we did survive – albeit just barely.

Next time we may not be so lucky, and if the GOP nominates Governor Ron DeSantis for President, the danger will be greater than under Trump. If DeSantis is elected, we may lose our democracy for good. DeSantis has taken all the rhetorical and autocratic lessons from Trump and applied them with greater vigor, discipline and effect here in Florida.

Fears about Trump who was a demagogic clown coming back are well-founded. But what is also true is Trump’s 2017-2021 tenure may prove a critical fire drill for facing a more competent and focused autocrat like DeSantis.

Though the flip side is since we survived they may desensitize the public to the threat from a more focused and disciplined demagogic autocrat like DeSantis or even a second Trump Presidency.

It also should be noted at this point, while DeSantis is a more effective autocrat than Trump ever could be, he lacks Trump’s personality-cult and political/business infrastructure – but this is not a piece about whether DeSantis is likely to get elected President, but one about the danger the nation would face if he were President.

Here is my reasoning on this:

➡️ DeSantis is more competent than Trump and far more capable of getting those around him to completely bend to his will. Trump’s rhetoric gets mimicked by other Republicans but it took him three plus years in office to get advisors around him who would completely cave in to his demands.

➡️ DeSantis is far more focused and disciplined in how he presents his ideology – an ideology which in itself is inconsistent but unlike Trump whose lack of consistent messaging opened himself up the inconsistency, DeSantis has skirted this line thus far.

➡️ Trump, who had no ideology other than maintenance of power was often impressionable to the last person in the room. DeSantis ideology despite its inconsistency is hard-edged and dug-in. He’s never open to changing his mind or pivoting.

➡️ Trump probably lacks empathy for ordinary people but DeSantis for sure lacks empathy and is better than Trump at spinning to make HIMSELF look like the victim of things like COVID-19.

➡️ DeSantis knows how to manipulate the media and opinion leaders better than Trump. He’s fooled many, including myself at various times during his candidacy and Governorship.

➡️ DeSantis does emergencies like Hurricanes and building collapses far better than Trump could dream to and gets the media to back off him during these critical moments where the public is paying attention.

➡️ DeSantis is far more adept at successful bullying governmental agencies and legislators to bend to his will. Anyone living in Florida currently knows this is the case.

➡️ A January 6 repeat is almost certain to be successful with the discipline and focus DeSantis demonstrates v Trump’s impulsiveness, indiscipline and mad ramblings. But as the below bullet point states, it may never come to January 6 if DeSantis is on the ballot

➡️ DeSantis has already perfected using agencies to engage in data suppression and manipulation so may never come to Jan 6. Trump NEVER fully mastered this. If he had, he may still be President.

➡️ DeSantis is a laser-focused, highly scripted and disciplined politician who has taken all the anger Trump created, all the red meat issues he threw to his base and given them a messaging consistency Trump never could. Trump for all his demagogic rhetoric, meandered all over the place even during individual speeches.

Trump was a wake-up call for those who value democracy, transparency and normalcy. Based on his record and rhetoric in Florida, If Ron DeSantis were elected President, all the lessons of the Trump years will need to be applied to stop a more disciplined and ruthless operator from breaking America for good.


  1. Trump won · ·

    Democrats are the real fascists

    Uncontrolled spending


    Open border

    Covid being spread by illegal immigrants

    Forcing vaccines

    Forcing masks

    It’s my body

    It is my choice

    DeSantis is preserving freedom from the wine mob


  2. Trump Won · ·

    You are a wuss

    Darwinism will take care of the woke libs


    1. Anonymous · ·

      Uncontrolled spending…not just a democratic problem, both sides of the isle are more than guilty.

      Inflation, eventually was going to happen. Just hope it doesn’t end with stagflation after the initial spike of salary increases.

      Open border and SARS-CoV-2 being spread by illegals…proof of this? Oh that’s right you have none from any news source that is remotely credible.

      Forcing vaccines – see Massachusetts v Small Pox…it’s more or less the law. Oh and recent court cases have backed that (and before you say Fascist Reckless Ronnie the Ridiculous beat the CDC…see NCL and their victory).

      Forcing masks and it’s your body your choice…it’s actually not your choice when you are a human virus shedding it to others because of your own ignorant stupidity.

      Darwinism will take care of…kinda like the way all the right wing nut jobs are the only ones dying?

      Nice try, please play again in another tinier playground.


    2. You’re vaxxed, still masked and still a scared puss. Grow a pair and man up. Pathetic and soft.


      1. Has less to do with me and more to do with society as a whole. If I die who gives a damn, it’s one person bit 40k+ deaths in Florida, more deaths in a week last week than CA + TX + NY combined that’s the issue.


  3. Anonymous · ·

    What a wuss to delete comments

    You’re so tough you wimpy mask wearing wanna be American


  4. Live Free or Die · ·


    Let freedom ring!


  5. […] Trump, who wanted to consolidate power in his own hands but was largely clueless on how to do so, DeSantis has carefully built a construct where he can strip power and independence away from other e…olidate it around his inner circle. DeSantis focus and discipline in executing such a move is what […]


  6. […] The bottom line remains this – Florida is deeply divided about COVID-19. A little over half the state is vaccinated, a little under half isn’t. The Governor has made a calculated decision that his political interests are best served by largely ignoring the need to mitigate the spread of the virus. DeSantis isn’t concerned about mitigation and has used the crisis as an opportunity to further centralize power in his office. The threat from this Governor, as I wrote last week is far more tangible than anything we saw from Rick Scott or Donald Trump. […]


  7. […] So unprecedented and so childishly immature, yet irrationally dangerous it defies anything that came before it. The letter furthers my view that DeSantis represents a far more dangerous turn for the Republican Party than Donald Trump represented. […]


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