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"The View" co-anchor Sunny Hostin called Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis a "fascist" on Tuesday and said that if Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg run as the 2024 Democratic ticket, they would "obliterate" whoever the Republicans nominate, including the governor or former President Donald Trump.
She made those comments during a discussion on prospective 2024 presidential candidates.
Guest host Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former White House communications director for the Trump administration, expressed her opinion that President Joe Biden is not the best candidate for Democrats to run against Trump, who has given no indication he will not run for the White House again in 2024. This led to a conversation about Biden's age, younger Democrats who may be better candidates, and Republicans who might challenge Trump for the GOP nomination.
"I hope it's not DeathSantis over in Florida, because I think he's a fascist," Sunny Hostin declared after Whoopi Goldberg said she's more interested in who Republicans nominate for 2024 than what the Democrats do.
"I think he handled COVID miserably, I think he is a fascist and a bigot," she said, using the nickname critics of the the Republican governor's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic invented.
"Those are his good points!" Joy Behar quipped.
\u201cSpeculating on who could be the GOP nominee in 2024, The View's Sunny Hostin lashes out at "DeathSantis." \n"I think he handled COVID miserably. I think he's a fascist and a bigot...Those are his good points."\n"I like Gavin Newsom because he's really pretty to look at," she added.\u201d— Nicholas Fondacaro (@Nicholas Fondacaro) 1655221351
Hostin went on to say that she hates how people talk about Biden being too old to run for re-election when Trump, his presumptive challenger, would be pushing 80 in that election.
"If the former twice-impeached disgraced president thinks he's such a young spring chicken, I mean, he's going to be 78 when Joe Biden is 81," she said. "And so I don't like this ageism argument."
Hostin added, "I do think there are plenty of Democrats that have tons of verve and energy. I like Gavin Newsom because he's really pretty to look at and I think he does a great job in California."
Then she suggested Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg would be "great" as a ticket.
"Do you think they could win, really?" Behar asked.
"Well, I would vote for them," Hostin enthused. "I hope this country is ready for something like that. I think the brain power alone would just obliterate Trump or DeathSantis."
The discussion came as Biden's poll numbers are flailing and some Democratic Party insiders are expressing concerns about his prospective 2024 re-election campaign. While the president insists he intends to run for re-election, Democratic strategist David Axelrod and others have stated his age would be "a major issue" in the next presidential campaign.
Republican donors are reportedly making similar complaints about Trump. According to the Washington Post, former Vice President Mike Pence and a host of other Republicans are planning to run in 2024 and challenge Trump for the GOP nomination. They are reportedly engaging with Republican donors who believe that voters might want a fresh face challenging Biden instead of a redo of the 2020 presidential election.
DeSantis, meanwhile, is consistently coming in second place or outright beating Trump in prospective 2024 straw polls of conservative activists. While the Florida governor has not said he wants to run for president, he remains extremely popular with Republicans for refusing to lock down his state during the COVID-19 pandemic and for fighting back against woke corporations that have attacked his policies.
When asked about his future ambitions, DeSantis tells the media his focus is on his re-election campaign and on Republicans winning in the 2022 midterms.
“I think you have the opportunity to have a really big red wave,” he said on Fox News Monday. He stated his desire to end Florida's reputation as a swing state and have Republicans "take it off the board" with decisive electoral victories at both the state and local levels.
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