The situation at the border has continued to deteriorate under the Biden administration, and DeSantis' claim that he would clean things up was met with cheers from a crowd desperate for fresh leadership.
"Would you build the wall and would you use the military to go after Mexican drug cartels?" a reporter asked, to which DeSantis replied, "Yes, and yes."
"I've said publicly that I've always supported the wall," the governor continued, "just because it's such a big border, you can have border patrol, but you're never gonna be able to have enough."
He went on to suggest that without a wall, cartels will continue to simply "direct people to where there's not surveillance."
"If Joe Biden wants to get serious about that, give me a call," DeSantis continued, pointing out that when the hurricane hit Florida, he was able to assemble a team, and rebuild critical infrastructure with "no bureaucracy, no red tape, no excuses."
DeSantis stated that in the event the federal government approved the plan, he would "send [his] Florida guys down to the border and get them building the wall."
"We also have to understand these cartels are running the show," DeSantis added. "They run the government basically down there, it's totally corrupt, but they are running people into our country, and they are running massive amounts of fentanyl into our country, killing tens of thousands of Americans."
He slammed the media for questioning why the governor of Florida would care about a border that doesn't even touch his state, pointing out that the people and drugs brought over by cartels reach every corner of the nation.
"The idea that we just absorb this with impunity, without doing anything response ... is wrong."
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