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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting pounded by many conservatives over his silence regarding the potential arrest of former President Donald Trump.

Trump announced in a fiery post on his Truth Social account on Saturday that, based on leaks he had been made aware of, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is preparing to indict him over alleged hush money payments Trump made during his 2016 presidential campaign to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Former Vice President Mike Pence has condemned Bragg for going after Trump. Also, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has been very outspoken in condemning the possibility that Trump might be indicted.

Ramaswamy noted in one video statement that this isn’t about Trump or any one person, but this is about principal, and he denounced the Democrat party for trying to use “police power” to stop Joe Biden’s opponent from running.

However, DeSantis, who is expected to run against Trump and is the governor of Trump’s home state, has so far remained completely silent on the matter.  GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley has also failed to issue any statement addressing the case.

Conservatives are praising Ramaswamy for speaking out, and are questioning the deafening silence from DeSantis.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted, “Good for @VivekGRamaswamy who is standing up for principle. Where are the other possible & declared GOP candidates? This truly is not about 1 person. It’s about turning USA into police state to punish political enemies.”

Derrick Evans, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from West Virginia, tweeted, “Thank you @VivekGRamaswamy for being the ONLY person running against President Trump to speak about how wrong this is. While others are being silent in hopes it helps their campaign, Vivek is standing with truth, justice, and the dangerous precedent this will set. Thank you 🇺🇸.”

Collin Rugg, co-owner of Trending Politics, tweeted, “I’ve stayed quiet about the Trump / DeSantis rift. I think it’s a waste of time for the most part. That being said, DeSantis has a unique opportunity to come forward and denounce the political persecution of Trump yet he stays silent. Why?”

Author Todd Cefaratti tweeted, “If DeSantis doesn’t come out and publicly denounce what the radical left is doing and put his support behind Trump, he is done with me and millions of others.”

Cefaratti added, “I like and support Governor DeSantis. This is not about Trump, but abuse of power and political targeting by the state. And trust me, if he remains silent on this important issue, he will never be president, this term or any other term and will lose a lot of his support as Gov.”

Human Events editor Jack Posobiec tweeted, “It takes 10 seconds to send a tweet “This prosecution of President Trump is a farce and does grave damage to our republic.” We have eyes to see today.”

“Pay attention to which Republicans spoke out against this corrupt BS immediately and who sat on their hands and waited to see which way the wind was blowing,” responded Donald Trump Jr.

Strategist Alex Bruesewitz tweeted, “Ron DeSantis is MIA as the man who he used to “put him on the map” is being politically persecuted by a Soros funded DA in NYC. Many other Republican leaders from @SpeakerMcCarthy to even Mike Pence have spoken out and denounced this disgrace!”

Ryan Fournier, founder of Students for Trump, wrote, “Where is Ron DeSantis? Why hasn’t he denounced the political persecution of @realDonaldTrump yet?”

“So when does DeSantis say something? Curious,” tweeted Sebastian Gorka.

Phillip Buchanan, a conservative podcaster from Florida who goes by the name “Catturd” on social media, tweeted, “You know I’m 100% Trump 2024 but I still love DeSantis as my Governor – but if DeSantis doesn’t come out soon and make a bold statement against this political witch hunt against Trump – the primary is already over.”

“This is 1,000 times bigger than any Presidential primary. Our country can’t survive with this communist two-tiered justice system. I’m watching this closely to see who will stand on principle, no matter the political fallout, and who will not. This is about saving our country from the enemy from within – not one person’s political future.”

Eric Matheny, an attorney and podcaster, suggested, “Trump should remain in Florida and let New York attempt to extradite him. Ron DeSantis – using his statutory authority – can order an investigation into Manhattan’s warrant and extradition request and can deny the request.”

Political strategist Joey Mannarino from Philadelphia shared the following:

I’m not sure how many people understand this but Trump is being charged on state charges in New York – not federal charges. Trump is a resident of Florida, meaning as long as he hides out in Florida, New York doesn’t have jurisdiction.

DeSantis would have to approve of the extradition of Trump to New York. That is the Governor’s discretion. These aren’t federal charges so New York can’t just go gangbusters on Mar-A-Lago.

If DeSantis signs that extradition request, his political career as we know it would be over. He’d be worse than Pence.

If he doesn’t sign them, he becomes a hero to MAGA and possibly becomes the de facto nominee for 2024 – or mends fences with Trump and forms a unity ticket with himself as VP.

This of course assumes Trump doesn’t just turn himself in, which would be very odd for anyone to do.

Conservative media personality Stew Peters wrote, “If Ron Desantis is the conservative hero he projects himself to be, he should REFUSE to honor the arrest warrant for President-in-exile Trump and send the Florida National Guard to Mar-a-lago to ensure Trump’s protection. Period. Anything less proves Desantis is a fraud.”

Mike Cernovich posted a sample statement DeSantis should issue, saying this would be the “easiest win that DeSantis could take right now.”

The statement he wants DeSantis to issue is as follows:

Donald Trump is a citizen of Florida. A Soros-funded District Attorney who has allowed anti-Semitic violence to send new York City into a state of anarcho-tyranny is allegedly seeking to take Trump into custody on spurious charges.

I am prepared to exercise my lawful authority as Governor to examine the legality of any extradition request, to ensure that no citizen of my state will have his rights violated by vindictive prosecutors in other states.

However, author Ryan Girdusky pointed out that just days earlier, the pro-Trump Super PAC Make America Great Again Inc. filed an ethics complaint against DeSantis, accusing him of engaging in “illegal conduct” running a “shadow presidential campaign.”

Girdusky wrote, “Just three days ago the Trump Super PAC sent an election ethics complaint against DeSantis and demanded the ethics board force DeSantis to resign. Most people on this site were totally silent about the fact that the Trump campaign were trying to oust DeSantis.”

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