David Jolly, a former Republican congressman, reportedly cautioned MSNBC viewers that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a far greater threat to the country than his rival for the GOP presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump.
Jolly was a Republican congressman from Florida’s 13th district who famously betrayed the party during the Trump administration and has since become a shrill and vocal critic of the outgoing leader as an MSNBC contributor.
He claimed that if DeSantis won the election, he would pose a greater threat to authoritarianism during an appearance on The Mehdi Hasan Show on Sunday night.
“David, last word to you. You and I have talked a great deal about defending this authoritarianism in Florida. Nevertheless, were you shocked by his announcement this week that he would, quote, aggressively go after pardons for one six insurrectionists?” Hasan asked.
“No matter I say this with conviction. I think Ron DeSantis is far more dangerous than Donald Trump for a very specific reason. Donald Trump is willing to ignore the rules, ignore the Constitution, and frankly lead to the incitement of January six. But Donald Trump is a transactional figure and he’ll do whatever it takes to win. Ron DeSantis I believe actually in his ethos, is a cultural warrior who wants to take us back 100 years and believes he can use the Constitution to that, to that end, and ultimately has a very dark vision of what America will be. So the idea of pardoning January six convicts, if you will, at this point is because he believes we are engaged in a real war, that he has to win. Ron DeSantis tonight, a very dark figure on the political landscape, far more dangerous than Donald Trump.” Jolly said.