President Biden's recent and divisive speech in Philadelphia continues to inspire reactions from Republicans and conservatives. Friday night, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) appeared on Fox News' Ingraham Angle, where he calls Biden's address "one of the most disgusting speeches an American president has ever given." DeSantis even refers to Biden as "the American Nero" and "a failed leader."
He points out the hypocrisy of Biden having "ran as being a unifier, and he's basically saying to the vast majority of the country that disapproves of him that they're effectively a threat to the republic." Despite this, says DeSantis, "at the end of the day, his policies are why there's so much opposition to him."
Examples include the border crisis, efforts to curb American oil production, and inflation.
"He came in and he opened the border, and we've seen what a disaster that's been. He kneecapped American energy. We've seen how that's hurt millions and millions of people across our country. They've inflated the currency. We have one of the worst inflations we've had in over 40 years," said DeSantis.
When asked if Biden's "flip-flopping" following the speech is the result of senility or self-preservation, DeSantis answers that the blame rests on "whoever is feeding his teleprompter." This is because the White House Twitter is tweeting similar "nasty stuff he said last night" about Trump and Republicans.
As such, DeSantis says he believes "the people in control of the White House want to send this message that people who dissent from his message are somehow second-class citizens." Subsequently, "they've been willing to mobilize the administrative apparatus of government to go after people they don't like."
DeSantis points out the two Marines standing at attention behind Biden as symbolically representing this weaponization of government against political enemies, which the host compares, tying into DeSantis' earlier Nero reference, to the Praetorian Guard of ancient Rome.
The full interview can be watched here.