Byron Donalds Sends Message to Gavin Newsom: ‘Run for President,’ ‘You Will Lose Very, Very Badly’

October 20, 2022 Updated 10:17 AM ET

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-FL, at the Patriot Talk Show, Aug. 19, 2022.
U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-FL, at the Patriot Talk Show, Aug. 19, 2022.

FORT MYERS (FLV) – U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, R-FL, sent a message to California Gov. Gavin Newsom at Florida’s Voice’s Patriot Talk Show Wednesday.

“There’s a guy out in California… Newsom, him, that guy? […] I want him to run for president,” Donalds said. “Hey, Gavin – hey, Byron Donalds, Florida – Gavin, hey listen man: trust me, you should run for president,” he said to laughter from the audience.

“You know why? ‘Cause you will lose very, very badly. And the people of California – they need a break, it’s nuts. But folks, the Democrats are awful.”

The Florida congressman also slammed Democrat Charlie Crist, running for governor in the Sunshine State against incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, for flipping parties multiple times to run for office: “The man was the governor of this state as a Republican. And now he’s running as a Democrat. But in between, he ran as an independent!”

“[Crist is trying] to fundraise and send people to a link to hear their story so they can send you $5 because nobody wants to give you money in normal times because you absolutely suck,” he said. “He is the epitome of what people do not like about politicians.”

Earlier this month, shortly after Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida, Crist was asking victims for donations.

On social media, the Democrat bidding to defeat Gov. Ron DeSantis in November is asking victims of Ian to “Share your story: Florida Property Insurance.”

“If you have paid thousands in premiums under Ron DeSantis, only to have your home insurance coverage not be there for you when you need it most, we want to hear your story,” he tweeted.

The link brings users to Crist’s campaign website, prompting potential victims of Ian to share hardships dealing with the tumultuous insurance market. The responses can be named or anonymous, must include a zip code and email, and optional remarks or descriptions.

“If you suffered damage from Hurricane Ian and have recently been dropped from your insurance, or if the property insurance crisis has impacted you and your family in any other way, we want to hear your story,” it says. When the form is submitted to the Crist campaign, though, the user is promptly asked to donate money: “Now, if you’re able, can you take the next step and make a quick donation?

After Florida’s Voice’s reporting, the page was silently altered to not ask for donations. They did not respond to a request for comment.

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