The political group for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing back against a new ad from a super PAC supporting former President Trump’s 2024 campaign, insisting the ad claim that DeSantis “backed a national sales tax” and a “23% tax increase” during his tenure. The sitting of the Congress is “dishonest” because it does not contain the main details.
Launched Friday by MAGA Inc., the leading super PAC aligned with Trump’s candidacy in the 2024 race for the White House, the ad targeted DeSantis for his support for tax increases and a national sales tax. during his time representing the 6th Congressional of the Sunshine State. House District from 2013 to 2018.
“In Congress, Ron DeSantis supports a national sales tax, a 23% tax increase on almost everything you buy…
While DeSantis actually supports a bill that proposes the introduction of a 23% federal sales tax, important details are omitted from the ad. According to the bill’s proposed federal sales tax, all other federal taxes, including income tax, would have been eliminated if the bill had passed.
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Known as the Fair Tax Act, or HR25, a version of the bill has been introduced in Congress several times since 1999. DeSantis co-sponsored the bill in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
“In Congress, the governor supported the concept of a Fair Tax, a plan to lower an individual’s total tax burden by replacing all federal taxes – including the income tax – with lower taxes,” Bryan Griffin, the DeSantis political team press secretary, said in a statement shared by Fox News Digital. “The plan also sought to end the IRS, which, at the time, was weaponized by the Obama administration. To describe only part of the plan as an attack would be disingenuous.
“In Florida, Gov. DeSantis cut taxes to help families struggling under Biden’s inflation. In 2022, he signed the largest tax relief package in Florida history (over $1.2 billion for (of Florida families).And, this year, he exceeded that by securing a record $2.7 billion in tax relief, including permanent sales tax exemptions for baby items, back-to-school and Fourth the July tax holiday, and $500 million in toll relief,” Griffin added.
“In fact, Florida’s favorable tax climate has encouraged a record number of people to move to the Sunshine State, including former President Donald Trump.”
DeSantis faced a similar attack for his support of a bill from Adam Putnam, who served as Florida’s 11th agriculture commissioner, during Florida’s 2018 primary election. Setting the record straight about Putnam’s 2018 ad, PolitiFact noted that “the idea behind the Fair Tax Act is to introduce a 23% federal sales tax that would replace other federal taxes.”
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“The bill eliminates income, estate, payroll and gift taxes, as well as the Internal Revenue Service itself,” the self-described “nonpartisan fact-checking website” wrote at the time.
Never Back Down, a pro-DeSantis super PAC, targeted Trump earlier this month for trying to “steal pages from the establishment playbook to attack Ron DeSantis from the left” and included several instances of -tape in which Trump “repeatedly” offered support for the Fair Tax during his run for president.
In a 2019 tweet, Trump announced that he and his family would make Palm Beach, Florida, their permanent home because of the treatment he received from New York city and state leaders.
“1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, is the place I love and will stay, hopefully, for another 5 years as we MAKE AMERICA AGAIN, but my family and I will make Palm Beach, Florida, our Permanent Residence. Trump wrote.
“I love New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes every year, I am treated like bad for the political leaders of the city and the state, only a few got sick.
“I hate making this decision, but in the end it’s the best for all concerned.”
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DeSantis, who has served as Florida’s governor since January 2019, is expected to officially enter the 2024 race for the White House next week.
The popular two-term conservative governor will file formal paperwork with the Federal Election Commission next week to declare his candidacy for president, sources familiar with the governor’s decision confirmed to Fox News. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
DeSantis’ filing coincides with his meeting next week in Miami, Florida, with top financial backers, a source told Fox Digital. By law, DeSantis cannot receive or solicit contributions for a presidential campaign unless he has formally declared his candidacy.
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News contributed to this article.