Ron DeSantis’ net worth appeals to voters weary of ‘choosing among elderly millionaires’

Joe Biden is old and tired.

He’s also inexplicably wealthy, despite false claims that he never made more than $400,000. Actually, it’s estimated that he’s worth closer to $9 million.

In other words, there’s nothing “middle class” about “Middle-Class Joe.” Which is why it’s very refreshing to learn about the financial situation of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose net worth, as revealed in FEC filings, is much closer to something we can all relate to. Best of all, he’s about half the age of our current president.

“Gov. DeSantis, who is 43, still has over $21,000 in student loans,” tweeted Kimberly Leonard, of Business Insider. “He doesn’t trade individual stocks. His net worth is $318,987, far lower than many top politicians and if he runs for president he may clock in at the lowest net worth in a crowded field.”

DeSantis is probably also the only politician who hasn’t made money during the last few years, as the filings show that his net worth has decreased over the past year by $30,000, as the result of “spending down cash” from the recent sale of his family’s only home.

It’s quite instructive to compare Ron DeSantis’ net worth with that of a few other presidential contenders in recent years. Donald Trump, of course, is a noted billionaire; nevertheless, Democrats obsessed over his finances, and liberal outlets went to great lengths to insinuate that he wasn’t really a billionaire—as if that were somehow a bad thing, especially coming from a party that regularly maligns the ultra-wealthy.

But what about the Democrats themselves? Well, famed socialist and two-time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million—ten times the net worth of Florida’s governor.

Elizabeth Warren, meanwhile, is worth at least $12 million. Nancy Pelosi is estimated to be worth around $114 million, give or take a few million in lawyer’s fees for her husband’s recent legal troubles.

And there’s no point in even trying to put a value on gazillionaire Michael Bloomberg’s net worth.

So there’s something refreshing, not to say ironic, about the possibility that the 2024 Republican presidential nominee could be someone with half the years, and a tiny fraction of the net worth, of his super-rich, antediluvian Democratic presidential rivals.

As Matt Walsh observes, it’s yet another reason to prefer “Teflon Ron” for president in 2024.


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