Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday tried once again to sabotage President Donald J. Trump’s alliance with White Hat commanders in the US military, a source in General David H. Berger’s office told Real Raw News.
DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican candidate, has not said definitively whether he’ll seek the Oval Office, but his badmouthing Trump clearly suggests his aspirations exceed just another term helming the Sunshine State. On Monday afternoon DeSantis was on the receiving end of a phone call initiated by Gen. Berger, who called not to discuss politics but to ask DeSantis why he had allowed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to run amuck in Southwest Florida following Hurricane Ian. Gen. Berger, our source said, had a tally sheet of the damage FEMA had wrought on displaced Floridians and their properties.
According to General Berger, rogue FEMA agents had plundered or attempted to plunder 125 evacuated homes in and around Naples, Florida. The White Hat partition of the US Military, Gen. Berger told DeSantis, had arrested or otherwise dealt with 47 FEMA desperadoes and retrieved 225 firearms and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry the brigands had stolen from waterlogged homes. The general also said FEMA was directly responsible for the deaths of seven residents.
When asked by Gen. Berger to account for his complacency, DeSantis reportedly said, “Sometimes we have to look the other way for the greater good. I’m not happy about it, but our infrastructure isn’t getting rebuilt without federal money,” then tried to segue the conversation toward a “topic of greater importance:” the military’s unflinching support for Donald J. Trump.
DeSantis called Trump “damaged goods” and a “relic,” saying that Trump’s once unbreakable MAGA coalition had devolved into splinter cells—some quite insane—sans unified leadership. He called out people such as Stephen K. Bannon, Gen. Michael Flynn, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone as reasons why MAGA had become a meme.
“This clown Stone said he’d endorse a Trump/Kanye West ticket. How absurd is that? Crazy MAGAs might let that fly, but surely you, General, can see Trump’s time is done and he’s only marginally better than Biden. If Trump enters and you support him, you’ll be doing a huge disservice to the nation,” DeSantis said. “And let’s not forget, Trump is the father of Operation Warp Speed.”
That poignant comment, our source said, gave the general a moment of pause.
“No one’s happy about Warp Speed, but I didn’t see you on a pulpit condemning it. And if I remember correctly, you were all in favor of getting needles into the arms of senior citizens right out the gate,” the general snapped back. But here you are trying to shift the discourse rather than just answer a few simple questions.”
Speaking of FEMA, DeSantis said he had to pick which battles to fight and which to put on the back-burner. “Aren’t you, General, choosing your battles carefully, too?”
“Gen. Berger realized this conversation wasn’t going anywhere. DeSantis wasn’t interested in discussing FEMA—just impugning Trump’s character, so he opted to end the call. Prior to that, DeSantis got in a last remark, and told the general that if both he and Trump enter the 2024 primaries, the military would be wise to support him over Trump,” our source said.
Gen. Berger, however, scolded DeSantis, labeling him a “true, career politician.”