DeSantis's Shocking Stance on Trump: Not Enough to Just Win Elections?



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

DeSantis's Shocking Stance on Trump: Not Enough to Just Win Elections?
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Donald Trump's assertive claims of expansive presidential power are raising profound constitutional concerns. Trump, a potential front-runner, is contending in various legal arenas that his status as a former president affords him immunity not granted to ordinary citizens.

This stance, if validated, could have far-reaching implications, particularly considering his narrow lead over President Joe Biden in some key state polls. The issue extends beyond legal accountability; it's about the very limits of presidential power and the potential reshaping of the American political landscape.

Trump's recent comments have further inflamed the debate. "Joe Biden is not the defender of American democracy,” Trump stated during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Joe Biden is the destroyer of American democracy and … it’s him and his people.

They’re the wreckers of the American dream. The American dream is dead with them in office, it’s sad”.

The Republican Response: Between Support and Criticism

The response from Republican figures to Trump's assertions and rhetoric varies, highlighting the party's internal struggle.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in a statement that surprised many, seemed to critique Trump not for his attempts to overturn the election but for not succeeding in doing so. “Am I going to let them take an election for me?” DeSantis rhetorically asked.

“Of course I’m not going to do that. I’m going to do everything I can to ensure that the people’s voice is heard. I’m sick of the whining about it, when you don’t do anything about it. Why would you have let them get away with it? I mean, I don’t understand.

If you didn’t stop it when you were in office, how are you going to stop it when you’re out of office?” In stark contrast, former Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, who has been vocal in her criticism of Trump, paid a steep political price for her stance.

In a recent interview, Cheney declared that the new Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson was "absolutely" a collaborator in Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. She expressed grave concerns about the party's current trajectory: “I believe very strongly in those principles and ideals that have defined the Republican party, but the Republican Party of today has made a choice and they haven’t chosen the Constitution,” Cheney said.

“And so I do think it presents a threat if the Republicans are in the majority in January 2025”. Cheney's forewarning about Trump's potential reelection is alarming: “One of the things that we see happening today is a sort of a sleepwalking into dictatorship in the United States”.

The dynamics within the Republican Party, Trump's audacious claims, and the contrasting responses from key figures paint a complex picture of the upcoming election. It's not merely a political race but a critical reflection on the principles of American democracy.

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