MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan said the 2024 GOP choice of Donald Trump vs. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t really much of a choice at all.
“It’s one Florida fascist or another, I mean that,” the TV host said on Sunday night. “Don’t for a second think the Florida governor is any less extreme, any less dangerous, any less authoritarian than Donald Trump.”
DeSantis, Hasan noted, has struggled to differentiate himself from Trump on matters of policy while continuing his attacks on the LGBTQ community, the media, Dr. Anthony Fauci and more.
“DeSantis will take on everyone: The doctors! The media! The gays!” Hasan said. “But he won’t take on the former president.”
As a result, some party insiders say DeSantis can’t beat Trump for the GOP presidential nomination. Hasan noted one private Republican gathering in which donors reportedly suggested that DeSantis hold off on running until at least 2028.
“His own people! His own buddies!” Hasan exclaimed. “They see him as a potential loser, too. The calls are coming from inside the house.”
Hasan said he’s reminded of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) describing the 2016 choice of Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
“Choosing between those two, he said at the time, was like choosing between being shot or poisoned,” Hasan said.
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