The Trump campaign took a sledgehammer to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s, R-Fla., voting record on retirement benefits, roasting the Florida leader as colluding with “globalist handlers,” according to Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung.
“DeSantis is colluding with his globalist handlers to go full Never Trump in order to gaslight the people into thinking that Medicare and Social Security should be ripped away from hard-working Americans,” Cheung said in an official statement. “President Trump has made it clear that he will always stand on the side of Americans, and protect benefits seniors worked for and paid for their entire lives.”
The campaign also released a compilation of data that tracked the voting record of Gov. DeSantis when he served as a congressman. Per their information, they claimed that the then-congressman voted strongly against Medicare and Social Security benefit programs on multiple occasions:
- DeSantis voted three times to raise the eligibility for full Social Security benefits to age 70 in 2013, 2014, and 2015,
- DeSantis voted six times to “turn Medicare into a voucher program,”
- DeSantis voted twice to cute Medicare benefits,
- DeSantis voted six times to raise the age of eligibility for Medicare.
The Trump campaign further argued that “Ron DeSantis has long embraced plans to cut Social Security and Medicare, as well as raising the eligibility age of both programs, yet the majority of Americans remain united in their opposition to these positions.”
The campaign cited recent polling from AP-NORC, which found that 79 percent of adults in the U.S. opposed cutting Social Security, while 70 percent opposed raising the age of Medicare benefits to age 70.
The Trump campaign’s roaring attack against DeSantis comes just days after they ripped the Florida governor for his “flip flop” on the standing “Resign to Run” law in the Sunshine State that has seemed to prevent him from officially running.
“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently on a month-long, taxpayer-funded presidential campaign schedule paid for by Florida taxpayers, and new questions are emerging as to whether this will force DeSantis to resign from office,” the campaign stated last week.