Ron DeSantis, Republican candidate for president has put the Deep State on notice that their time is short if he is elected president.
His first move would be to fire FBI director Chris Wray. DeSantis laid out some of the changes he would make early in his presidency if elected in an interview with Glenn Beck.
DeSantis told Beck that there was little that could be done about the Twitter-side technical difficulties resultant of a surge in interest, but that there is much to be done in Washington.
“On day one we’ll be spitting nails.”
He promises to re-constitutionalize the government and to take the power out of the hands of political appointees who wield power as if they were elected and not selected.
He understands that the Deep State does not want to give up its power, but it is important to get the personnel right.
DeSantis indicated that on his first day in office, he would clean house, naming a new FBI director and an:
“Attorney general that has a backbone — an attorney general that recognizes if you are doing your job properly, you are going to be pilloried by the Washington Post and the New York Times and CNN.”
“We have these agencies that have been detached from constitutional accountability. There was never supposed to be a fourth branch of government, but Congress has not held them accountable with the power of the purse or with legislating more precisely. Presidents have not been willing to wield Article 2 power to discipline the bureaucracy.”
Extra to ensuring the right people are in the right jobs, the governor indicated he will wield Article 2 authority to its fullest extent, albeit in a disciplined and strategic manner, as a means to deconstruct the administrative state and take on the antipathetic and obstructionist forces in the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, and other agencies.
DeSantis told Beck that as a consequence of the impotence and deference of past leaders, it is presently unclear whether “we govern ourselves … because right now, the most significant issues tend not to be resolved by our elected representatives. They’re done by these bureaucrats and through these agencies. And so it’s really, I think, a crisis of self-government.”
By curbing and reversing this consolidation of power among technocratic forces who “all have the same worldview,” DeSantis indicated that the power can be returned to the people.
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) May 25, 2023
As a means of bypassing the establishment media and various other gatekeepers, Beck proposed a Blaze TV-hosted presidential debate or roundtable, free from “gotcha questions” and committed to probing topics that actually matter to voters.
“I’d love to be a part of it,” responded DeSantis, adding that he’d like to see the RNC sanction it.
DeSantis, whose campaign claimed to have brought in over $1 million in donations in less than an hour Wednesday evening, stands tall above the rest of the Republican field with the exception of former President Donald Trump, whom the governor trails in the polls by double digits.
The latest Emerson College Iowa Republican presidential caucus poll has Trump up 42 points, with DeSantis at 20. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence are tied for a distant third at five points in the poll.