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From: Don Green6/16/2024 10:32:58 AM
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Trump copies DeSantis
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Donald Trump used to trash Ron DeSantis. Now, he copies him, Axios' Sophia Cai writes.

  • Why it matters: Since their bitter wrangling during the GOP primaries, Trump and the Florida governor have largely aligned on issues ranging from sex education to digital currency and property rights.
?? Trump last year revealed an education plan with a proposal for a "Parental Bill of Rights." It calls for more federal influence in how public schools are run, and for cutting funds to schools that teach "gender ideology."

  • Months earlier, DeSantis signed a "Parental Rights in Education" bill with provisions that banned talk about gender and sexuality in schools.
  • Today, "defund schools" is one of Trump's go-to phrases when he talks about his plans for a second term, an Axios analysisfound.
?? Last year, Florida became the first stateto ban central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) when DeSantis signed legislation that revised the state's definition of money.

  • Months later, Trump pledged to prohibit the Federal Reserve from creating a CBDC. More recently he's made favorable comments about cryptocurrencies, which typically aren't regulated by a central bank.
?? In March, DeSantis signed a bill revoking squatters' rights in Florida. Videos of squatters refusing to leave homes had become a staple of right-wing social media, often cast as examples of chaos in Democrat-run cities.

  • At a campaign rally five days after DeSantis signed the bill, Trump promised to do the same on the federal level.
?? Reality check: A notable exception is abortion.

  • DeSantis signed a six-week abortion ban in Florida and supported a 15-week national ban.
  • Trump opposes a national ban and says regulating abortion should be left to the states rather than the federal government.
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