GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is often called “Trump 2.0” for his embrace of conservative policies and his take-no-prisoners style of politics.
And ahead of the 2024 presidential election — as both Florida men vie to lead the party and ultimately the nation — they have openly feuded over Covid-19 and vaccines and whether DeSantis is truly loyal to the former president, whose 2018 endorsement helped the Florida governor win election.
But the men are also very similar in their approach to issues like critical race theory, China and especially their criticism of Democrats and President Joe Biden.
How similar? POLITICO collected some of Trump’s and DeSantis’ quotes. See if you can tell who said it.
(On fellow Republicans)
“Some of these Republicans, they just sit back like potted plants, and they let the media define the terms of the debate. They take all this incoming because they’re not making anything happen.”
(On Anthony Fauci)
“I’m just sick of seeing him. Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac.”
(On the current conservative-dominated Supreme Court)
“The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price.”
on Truth Social Nov. 23, 2022 after the high court rejected an emergency appeal to keep House Democrats from accessing his tax returns.
(On Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas)
“The gold standard for a Supreme Court appointment on the current court is Clarence Thomas, who is a faithful constitutionalist, possesses the ability to articulate key principles in a compelling fashion and has a backbone made of steel.”
(On health care)
“We’ve really become the health care party — the Republican Party.”
“The CDC is advising the use of nonmedical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure. So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it. They suggested for a period of time, but this is voluntary. I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”
“They want to take your throat out, they want to cut you apart. These are tough people. I’ve dealt with them all my life.”
(On Russia’s War on Ukraine)
“This is a war that never should have happened, but it did. The solution can never be as good as it would have been before the shooting started, but there is a solution.”
(On President Joe Biden’s September 2022 speech on extremism)
“I thought it was one of the most disgusting speeches an American president has ever given.”
“These are babies with beating hearts, who can move, taste, see and feel pain. Proud to defend life!”
(On transgender rights)
“The left-wing gender insanity being pushed at our children is an act of child abuse. Very simple.”
“I stand in total solidarity with the freedom fighters in Cuba and the brave Cuban Americans who have watched their families suffer in the motherland at the hands of this heartless and brutal regime.”
(On gas stoves)
“You’re not taking our gas stoves away from us. That is your choice! And I know many people who cook a lot do not want to part with their gas stoves. … Anything they can get away with, they’re going to get away with.”
(On tech censorship)
“Today they may come after someone who looks like me. Tomorrow they may come after someone who looks like you.”
“There’s no failed policy more in need of urgent change than our government-run education monopoly.”
(On Nancy Pelosi)
“They’re producing this slop up in Washington, you have people like Nancy Pelosi, who by the way, you wanna talk about putting an entire donkey out to pasture, you can get that done very soon.”
(On critical race theory)
“Earlier this year, the Biden administration issued new rules pushing twisted critical race theory into classrooms across the nation, also into our military.”