GOP consultant exposes why DeSantis' Trump-like campaign is flopping in Florida against Gillum
Rep. Ron DeSantis shakes Donald Trump's hand at Florida rally (Photo: Facebook

During a panel discussion on MSNBC on Sunday morning, a Republican consultant explained that the campaign of former U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is floundering because he is trying to portray himself as another Donald Trump and he doesn't have the chops to pull it off.

Speaking with AM Joy host Joy Reid, conservative Christopher Metzler said that DeSantis should have run on topics that people care about, but instead tried to follow in the footsteps of Trump with a campaign based on bombast and race.

"Where we are right now it seems like, for example, in the state of Florida, why are we not talking about health care?" Metzler asked. "Why are we not talking about sugar? Why are we not talking about algae? We are talking about race with less than two days to go in this race."

"So what that says to me is part of the problem that DeSantis clearly has is how much of the party can he hold together to win the race?" he added.

With host Reid pointing out the changing demographics in Florida, saying appeals to only white voters won't work, Metzler agreed.

"What DeSantis did not look at very effectively is that fact that he is not Donald Trump," he stated. "Now what works for Trump doesn't work for other candidates. You can put the baby in a Trump onesie, but at the end of the day you're not Donald Trump."

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