Ron DeSantis

Trump: Jamie Dimon Doesn’t Have the ‘Smarts’ to Be President, PR Hurricane Death Toll Inflated
President contends Democrats inflated Puerto Rico numbers

President Donald Trump walks from the South Lawn to Marine One on his way to Joint Base Andrews on July 27. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:43 a.m. | President Donald Trump warned those in Hurricane Florence’s path of the storm’s power, but then returned to attacking his foes and painting himself as the victim of an internal FBI scheme to damage him politically. And he essentially accused Puerto Rican officials and Democrats of lying about how many people died there after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island.

“That doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t know why he’d say that,” Florida GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo told reporters when informed of the president’s tweet saying the death toll from Hurricane Maria was a ploy by Democrats.

Midterms Show We’re Not Any Closer to a Post-Racial America
Racially charged language is a trademark rather than a flaw to many

Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, warned state voters not to “monkey this up” by electing his Democratic opponent, who is African-American. Above, DeSantis and Trump appear at a rally in Tampa, Fla., in July. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

OPINION — Remember the time when Trent Lott got in a heap of trouble for remembering the time?

It was 2002, and the Senate Republican leader representing Mississippi was waxing nostalgic for what he considered the good old days at a 100th birthday celebration for South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond. Carried away by the moment — and in remarks that recalled similar words from 1980 — Lott said: “When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

Ron DeSantis Resigning from Congress to Focus on Governor’s Race
Florida Republican facing national media scrutiny in his race against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis is resigning from Congress to focus on his run for governor, his campaign said Monday.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan released by his campaign, DeSantis asked for his resignation to take effect immediately. 

Democratic Poll Shows Neck-and-Neck Race for DeSantis’ Florida Seat
Democrat Nancy Soderbeg was essentially tied with Republican Michael Waltz

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis is vacating his 6th District seat for a gubernatorial run, and the race to replace him could be competitive, a new Democratic poll showed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Nancy Soderberg and Republican Michael Waltz were essentially tied in a poll commissioned by the Democrat’s campaign in an open Florida district that President Donald Trump carried by double digits.

Waltz led Soderberg 47 percent to 46 percent in the 6th District poll, shared first with Roll Call. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research surveyed 400 likely voters from Sept. 4-6, with 31 percent reached by cell phone. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

6 Takeaways From the 2018 Primary Season, So Far
President, female candidates play key roles in drawing the midterm battle lines

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez set the internet ablaze with her upset of House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley, but overall, the 2018 primaries have been kind to incumbents. (Mario Tama/Getty Images file photo)

With only three states left to hold primaries this year, the battle lines have firmed up for a midterm election that could also determine the future for President Donald Trump.

Democrats need to net 23 seats to take control of the House, which would give them a platform to block the president’s agenda and launch their own investigations of his finances and the 2016 election that could rival those already underway at the Justice Department.

GOP Rep Says DeSantis Should Apologize for ‘Stupid’ Monkey Comment
Florida Republican Curbelo calls out DeSantis over comment he made about black opponent

Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, said he didn’t think fellow GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis is a racist, but his comment on his African-American opponent is. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said fellow Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis should apologize for a remark he made about his Democratic opponent in the state’s governor’s race that has been criticized as racist.

DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, came under fire for saying in an interview with Fox News that Florida could not afford to “monkey this up” by electing Democratic nominee Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is African-American.

Trump’s Rally, Biden’s McCain Eulogy Offer Possible 2020 Preview
Former VP rejects tribal politics. The president embraces it

President Donald Trump greets former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden after he was sworn in on in January 2017. They both spoke Thursday and offered a potential 2020 preview. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS | Two very different speeches by two very different politicians Thursday  — made 1,600 miles apart  —  provide a possible preview of the next presidential campaign.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, went first by feting his longtime friend Sen. John McCain at a memorial service for the late Arizona Republican in Phoenix. Biden spoke about “values, fairness, honesty, dignity, respect,” and McCain’s belief in “giving hate no safe harbor.”

Florida’s Ron DeSantis Doubles Down on ‘Monkey This Up’ Comment
‘It has zero to do with race,’ GOP governor candidate says

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., won the GOP primary for Florida governor on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ron DeSantis, who won the GOP nomination Tuesday for Florida’s governor race later this year, leaned into a comment he made Wednesday on Fox News that voters should not “monkey this up” by voting for his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black.

“It has zero to do with race,” DeSantis, who is vacating his seat in Florida’s 6th District to run for governor, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on prime time Wednesday night, just hours after he made the “monkey” remark.

Rep. Ron DeSantis Slammed for ‘Racist Dog Whistle’ in Post-Primary Interview
Trump-backed Florida gubernatorial candidate says African American opponent would “Monkey” up the economy

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, fresh off a Trump-endorsed victory in the Florida gubernatorial primary, was under fire Wednesday for using a “racist dog whistle,” in a television interview about his opponent.

The state is going in a good direction, but voters would  “monkey this up” if they elected Andrew D. Gillum, a Democrat who stands to be the state’s first African American governor, DeSantis said in a morning Fox News appearance. 

Trump: DeSantis’ Democratic Foe a ‘Failed Socialist Mayor’
Andrew Gillum shocked establishment by winning Florida governor Democratic primary

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally last week in West Virginia. He and Vice President Mike Pence are taking a Twitter victory lap after Tuesday night’s primaries saw candidates they backed secure nominations. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated Rep. Ron DeSantis capturing the Florida GOP gubernatorial nomination, and labeled his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum a “a failed Socialist Mayor.”

Trump backed the conservative congressman over former Rep. Adam Putnam, the state’s agriculture commissioner, in a move that irked some Republican Party officials. But with 91 percent of precincts reporting, DeSantis was up by a wide margin, 56 percent to 37 percent, according to The Associated Press.