Op-Ed: Republican Hypocrisy at All-Time High


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Former President Donald Trump meets with Governor DeSantis in the White House.

It’s high time to expose and challenge the hypocrisy that plagues our political landscape and demand more from leaders who supposedly embody integrity, consistency, and genuine commitment to the well-being of the people that they serve. 

Take, for example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who launched his Republican presidential campaign on Wednesday while brutally opposing “woke” politicians and clashing with Disney over LGBTQ+ issues.  

While DeSantis may be admired by conservatives for his accomplishments, a closer examination reveals a disturbing pattern of double standards and inconsistency.   

For many conservatives, DeSantis delivers concrete results.  

When major storms hit Florida in the fall, he managed to get the bridge to Pine Island rebuilt in less than three days; he also cleaned up Sanibel Causeway in two weeks, clearing hundreds of miles of destruction. 

He signed one of the most all-inclusive historical legislations broadening education choices to all Florida students and eliminating financial eligibility restrictions.   

He made child rape eligible for the death penalty and suppressed left-wing “bail reform.” 

DeSantis is very popular among conservatives and Twitter shows that over 3 million people viewed his live campaign announcement on Wednesday, leading to a system crash.  

On Twitter Live, DeSantis made a traditional campaign speech arguing his war on woke is the future. He talked about Florida’s refusal to follow COVID lockdowns and claimed that the state is passing laws that he called “commonsense.” 

Biden’s allowed woke ideology to drive his agenda. We will never surrender to the woke mob, and we will leave woke ideology in the dustbin of history.

— Ron DeSantis

DeSantis has tried to make himself look like a culturally conservative warrior, who can take on disputable issues such as race and gender. He has repeatedly called himself anti-woke, and Disney is a perfect example of his hypocritical war on woke.  

DeSantis labeled Disney as “woke” and faced backlash after opposing a bill that aimed to ban discussions on gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. He then pushed the Florida legislature to revoke Disney’s self-governing authority.  

Although DeSantis is attacking Disney now, he was married at Disney World, and before that, the company was a huge contributor to him, donating over $100,000 to a political action committee linked to the Governor.  

Similarly, he is now targeting banks and other corporations, accusing them of being “woke” due to their climate change policies or efforts to promote workforce diversity. 

On Twitter, DeSantis claimed that left-wing groups are colluding with legacy media to manufacture a narrative that’s aimed at making him look bad.  

In addition, DeSantis is establishing himself as a viable alternative to former President Donald Trump.  

Trump was a huge contributor to DeSantis’ 2018 election as Governor of Florida, and the two were close allies for many years due to their shared traditional right-wing view.  

But DeSantis began to distance himself from the former president when he lost the reelection campaign. He’s tried to alienate himself from Trump while maintaining the support of his followers.  

He claims that if he’s nominated instead of Trump, it’s the Republicans’ best chance at reclaiming the White House.  

Trump may be ahead of DeSantis in the polls right now, but Trump knows he is vulnerable and that’s why he recently spent $15.3 million on ads attacking the Governor.  


In addition, DeSantis depended on public elections funding as a means to secure his position, but he currently aims to eliminate it. 

And that’s not all.  

According to a report by the Washington Post, DeSantis—a strident supporter of gun rights—tried to ban firearms at an election night event in Tampa last year and attempted to blame the city for the policy.  

An email from Chase Finch, the Tampa Convention Center’s safety and security manager, was obtained by The Post, in which Finch explained that the request for the city to shoulder blame was due to “Republicans largely being in support of 2A,” a reference to the Second Amendment.  

DeSantis caters to an extremist, MAGA Republican base by pushing permitless carry while having the privilege to keep those same armed extremists at a distance.

— Chase Finch

Earlier this year, DeSantis enacted a Florida law that enhances penalties for individuals participating in violent demonstrations and introduces new criminal penalties for organizers of unruly protests. Additionally, the law categorizes obstructing certain roadways as a felony and grants legal protection to individuals who drive through road-blocking protesters. 

The bill was introduced following protests for racial justice in 2021, during which police utilized tear gas and made arrests when Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated on the streets.

However, there was a lack of adherence from law enforcement when Cuban Americans protested in the streets for regime change, which aligns with the governor’s political viewpoint.  

“I think it’s just downright hypocrisy we’re seeing from the governor, and even law enforcement in how they’re applying this law. It goes to show how our fears that we had earlier, that it will be used against Black people fighting for equal rights,” Cofounder of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee Michael Sampson said in an interview with the South Florida Times.  

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of hypocrisy in the Republican Party. Look no further than Donald Trump, whose statements throughout his time in office reveal a clear hypocrisy that is hard to ignore. 

Despite repeatedly claiming to be a champion for the working class and vowing to “drain the swamp,” Trump’s policies and decisions often favored the wealthy elite and powerful corporations.  

His tax cuts primarily benefited the rich, exacerbating income inequality. Additionally, while he criticized his opponents for alleged conflicts of interest, Trump himself refused to fully divest from his business empire, creating a constant potential for conflicts.  

Furthermore, his stance on immigration stood in stark contrast to his own hiring practices, as his companies were found to have employed undocumented workers.  

Trump was also a registered Democrat from 2001 to 2009, until changing his party back to Republican. This was just one of six times that he officially changed his party affiliation.  

“I identify with some things as a Democrat,” he told MSNBC in July of 2015.  

But at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 2015, Trump took a completely contradictory angle.  

The Democrats have become too extreme. And they’ve become, frankly, too dangerous to govern. They’ve gone wacko.

— Donald Trump

“They’ve gone so far left that they consider Pocahontas to be a rational person.”  

For context, Trump was referring to Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has said that her family’s oral traditions include accounts of Native American ancestry, and once listed herself that way in a law-school directory; she has since acknowledged that she cannot claim membership in any recognized tribe.  

However, Trump and DeSantis are only prime examples of Republican hypocrisy.  

Many politicians, irrespective of their party affiliation, often succumb to the allure of power. The drive to uphold a positive public persona may lead these politicians to make promises or adopt positions that may not genuinely reflect their beliefs—or that they might be unable to fulfill.

Politicians who engage in hypocrisy not only betray the trust of their electors but also undermine the very foundations of democratic governance.

The obvious contradiction between their words and actions disintegrates public faith in the political system and increases mistrust among voters.

Politicians such as Trump and DeSantis prioritize personal gain and short-term political convenience over the principles they claim to uphold.

It is a disheartening display of opportunism and indifference to the consequences of their actions.  

A strong and vibrant democracy requires leaders who lead by example, with consistency and honesty, rather than those who exploit the system for personal gain.