Donald Trump’s latest target is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Despite DeSantis’ landslide re-election victory last fall, Trump has been on a relentless campaign to discredit the governor’s record, even going so far as to claim that Florida is a high-tax hellhole.
But is this claim accurate? Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel says no. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people have moved to Florida in the last couple of years, which would suggest that the state is doing pretty well. And if Florida is such an unmitigated disaster, why is Donald Trump living there?
Trump’s criticisms of DeSantis are hardly unprecedented when governors run for national office. But the head of DeSantis’ Super PAC, Never Back Down, offered to pay for Trump to move to California “” so he can be close to his good buddy Gavin Newsom, whom he loves so intensely and gets along with so well.”
It’s clear that Trump’s sudden dark view of Florida doesn’t pass the grandparent’s test. If it’s such an abysmal place, why are so many grandparents (or parents) moving there or becoming snowbirds for the winter?