“The politics of personal destruction is not the means by which you can achieve victory,” West, speaking Tuesday to American Family Radio, said in light of a political feud that is growing, and will likely only grow nastier, in the weeks and months ahead.
Trump and DeSantis may impress their own fans by taking shots at each other but neither man, he warned, will elevate himself in the eyes of most conservative voters by doing that.
Big names at Chicago summit: Elder, Baucham, West
Charlie Butts, AFN.net
The largest national gathering of black conservatives is coming later this month featuring prominent and notable speakers, and a co-founder of the event says exposing wokeness and its danger will be a key topic.
The fifth annual Black Conservative Summit, scheduled for March 24 and 25 in Chicago, includes columnist Larry Elder, church leader Voddie Baucham Jr., and former congressman Allen West, among many other names.
Dr. Eric Wallace, of the faith-based Freedom’s Journal Institute, says wokeness is attacking the nuclear family, the education of our children, and the Church's teachings about equality and justice.
"Some of these teachings have actually been contrary to the Bible, to the word of God," he tells AFN. "And yet Christians seem to be eating this stuff up, or at least allowing it to come in."
Among the featured speakers, Baucham is expected to speak about “What’s Really Wrong with America.”
West and Elder will participate in a discussion after a showing of “Uncle Tom II,” a sequel documentary about Marxism’s effect on blacks in America.
“They know what is happening in this country,” West said of GOP voters. “They see what is happening as far as our domestic policy, our border security policies, our foreign policy, national security policy. Our economic policy is all in the toilet. And they just want to get things back on the right track.”
In a compilation of polls at RealClearPolitics, seven in all, Trump leads in six of them and DeSantis in only one. Averaged all together, the former president has a 16-point lead in a presidential primary DeSantis has yet to officially enter.
In the interview with AFR host Jenna Ellis, West was commenting on a Trump-DeSantis feud that has gotten more attention this week after Trump said he expects to be indicted by a Manhattan grand jury. That feud likely grew larger after a news reporter predictably asked DeSantis to comment on Trump’s legal troubles. In his response, the governor ripped the “Soros-funded” district attorney, Alvin Bragg, for “weaponizing the office” to target a political opponent who is now running for president.
DeSantis also used the topic to point out he removed a Soros-backed attorney in The Sunshine State.
Trump supporters, however, accused DeSantis of being too tepid in vocally and publicly defending Trump. They also howled in protest after DeSantis seemed to take a swipe at Trump for being involved in “porn star hush money” that is the focus of the grand jury investigation. That amounted to a “cheap shot” against Trump, his defenders said, but it comes after Trump has taken his own childish cheap shots at DeSantis, too, in recent weeks.
One person who stepped into that disagreement is Ellis herself, who served as Trump’s personal attorney and advisor during his one term in the White House, and considers him a personal friend. “Why are people assuming DeSantis has a legal role in this at all?” Ellis wrote in a Twitter post. “I read his comments today saying his office isn’t involved as a matter of fact, not politics or optics.”
Trump spokesperson bashes 'cheap shot'
On her AFR show Wednesday morning, a day after West appeared, Ellis welcomed Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington. She accused DeSantis of taking a “cheap shot” at her boss and said the governor failed to show leadership by more forcefully defending Trump.
“It’s not about President Trump, who’s been falsely accused,” Harrington told Ellis. “It’s about all of us. It’s about if they’ll do this to him, they’ll do it to all of us.”
Replying to Harrington’s accusations, Ellis pointed out DeSantis had ripped Alvin Bragg (pictured at right) in his comments but agreed it appeared DeSantis took a shot at Trump.
“And a lot of people are suggesting,” she agreed, “it would have been wiser to leave that out of it.”
As the interview was wrapping up, Ellis appeared to seek some common ground after gently disagreeing with her guest. So she asked Harrington what the American people should be doing in light of their country being torn apart by banana republic-like lawlessness. People should be praying for their nation, Harrington said, and if they protest they should do it peacefully and avoid violence.
“People see what’s happening. They do not like it,” Harrington concluded. “And we realize that we do need to stand together and come against this, no matter what your party is or affiliation, and unite and make sure that we save America. And by the grace of God we will.”
The topic you might have missed
Interestingly enough, the Florida governor’s comments on Trump and the D.A. came at a press conference in which DeSantis was vowing to fight the federal government if it implements a central bank digital currency, better known as the dystopia-like “digital dollar.”
“What are they going to want to do here?” DeSantis demanded to know. “If you go and buy too much gasoline, they won’t allow you to use this to make a transaction? Who knows? Maybe they won’t let you purchase a firearm.”
That troubling plan is indeed moving forward right now, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, but the topic of the Florida governor's press conference barely made the news.