On Sunday the Trump 2024 campaign targeted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over his past votes on the entitlement programs, Medicare and Social Security, during his time in Congress.
Steven Cheung, Trump’s spokesperson, stated that DeSantis “is colluding with his globalist handlers to go full Never Trump in order to gaslight the people into thinking that Medicare and Social Security” should no longer be available to Americans. He added that former President Trump on the other hand has stated that he would continue to fight on behalf of Americans and to protect the seniors who have spent their lives paying for these benefits and that now depend on them.
The email campaign pointed out that in the past DeSantis had voted in support of increasing the retirement age to 70 on three separate occasions, once in 2013, once in 2014, and once in 2015. He had also voted in support of altering the formula used to calculate the cost-of-living raises for those three years. In 2015 and 2017, DeSantis also voted to cut the benefits provided to people through Medicare.
An AP-NORC poll earlier this month also found that 79 percent of Americans were against the cutting of Social Security benefits, and 67 percent stated that they were against a potential increase in Medicare premiums. It was also found that around 75 percent were opposed to the retirement age for Social Security being raised to 70. Seventy percent also stated that they were against the possible increase of the age to 70 for Medicare benefits. This is all information that the email points out to stress how DeSantis is someone who has long embraced cuts to these programs as well as an increase in the eligibility age.