PROOF: DeSantis Copying Trump

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former United States President Donald Trump has recently come forward with allegations that his fellow Republican and presidential candidate, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, has significantly borrowed from his immigration policies. This has further intensified the competitive landscape among the Republican nominees.

In a discussion with Semafor on Tuesday, Trump shared his thoughts on the matter, boldly asserting that DeSantis’s immigration agenda mirrors his own to a striking degree. “His strategy is virtually a replica of mine,” the former president stated emphatically. Trump further elaborated that DeSantis had adopted key facets of his policy, including contentious aspects such as ending ‘catch and release’— a practice where immigrants are released into the U.S. while they await their court dates — and fulfilling the promise to complete the construction of a border wall.

But Trump’s allegations didn’t stop at DeSantis’s policy mirroring. He ventured further, insinuating that the Florida Governor’s proposal to employ “deadly force” against those suspected of drug trafficking wasn’t new. Trump claimed that he had already implemented such measures during his term and that, given the chance, he would not hesitate to “do it” once more, Semafor reported.

Only a day before these allegations, DeSantis had unveiled his immigration strategy, which indeed echoed many aspects of Trump’s previous commitments. This included the pledge to terminate birthright citizenship and the controversial ‘catch and release’ policy. These policy points have been seen by many as DeSantis trying to align himself with a more Trumpian approach to immigration.

However, DeSantis wasn’t entirely flattering of his predecessor. During a border security discussion held in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Monday, he subtly criticized Trump for his perceived failure to deliver on one major promise: the completion of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Showing his determination and commitment to the project, DeSantis made a solemn promise to the public that, if elected, he would complete the project.

In his criticism, DeSantis recounted a recent visit to Arizona where he noticed that the border wall construction had stalled. “During my recent visit to Arizona, I noticed that the border wall just abruptly ends,” DeSantis commented. He went on to emphasize the importance of finishing what has been started in relation to the border wall project, stating, “Building only part of it isn’t enough, we must finish what was started.”

This ongoing exchange between the two Republican figures continues to shape the course of the party’s nomination race and will undoubtedly influence the upcoming elections.

Copyright 2023,