Despite Overwhelming Tennessee Support For Trump, TN GOP Invites DeSantis As Keynote For Biggest Fundraiser Of The Year

With the vast majority of TN’s Republican representation at the federal level supporting former President Trump as well as the majority of Republican voters, it’s a bit of a mystery that the invited keynote speaker for what is arguably the biggest fundraiser the Tennessee GOP organizes is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Kelly M. Jackson] –

A poll focused on Florida issued this week shows that in a hypothetical head-to-head with Presidential Candidate and current governor of that state Ron DeSantis, former President Donald Trump is strongly favored by a whopping 20 points. This is indeed not so good news for the DeSantis campaign, which has seen better days since Governor DeSantis declared his candidacy a few months ago.

In Tennessee, both Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are part of President Trump’s Federal Leadership Team, alongside a large portion of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation. U.S. Reps. Diana Harshbarger, John Rose, Mark Green, and Chuck Fleischmann along with former U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan endorse Trump for the presidency.

Also endorsing former President Trump, is Freshman Congressman Andy Ogles. Ogles said, “Our country is at a breaking point, and I am confident that President Trump is the leader we need to get America back on track,” in a Tweet published last month. 

A recent, wide-ranging poll conducted by the Beacon Center of Tennessee indicates that Tennessee residents support Donald Trump for president in 2024 by a wide margin.

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With the vast majority of the Republican representation at the federal level supporting former President Trump as well as the majority of Republican voters, it’s a bit of a mystery that the invited keynote speaker for what is arguably the biggest fundraiser the state GOP organizes is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

However, many Republicans also support Governor DeSantis as a presidential candidate, as his message is very similar to that of President Trump. 

The biggest differences based on their decisions as politicians and statements made publicly are generally with regard to the Covid-19 vaccine campaign, and with LGBTQ+ issues. Governor DeSantis has tended to reflect a position more in alignment with the base of conservative populist voters, which is even farther to the right than even President Trump has shown to land over the past several years.

However, because President Trump has a record that some would draw upon as good reason to support him for a second term, some of the perceived mistakes he made during his presidency are easily overlooked by many. This is despite a list of poor decisions regarding who he hired to work within his administration, as well as the Operation Lightning Speed initiative for Covid-19 vaccines, which was then and remains a very sore subject with his base. 

In spite of those facts, the economy and his foreign policy positions seem to be factors that outweigh any misgivings those who could switch their allegiance to Governor DeSantis would have had. Ergo, the 20-point lead, even in Governor DeSantis’s own home state.


The Tennessee Conservative has reached out to Scott Golden, Tennessee state GOP Chairman for comment regarding the keynote speaker choice and has not received a response.

However, in a recent article, he commented on the choice saying, “Since the Statesmen’s Dinner has become a key stop in the presidential primary process, we have sought out those candidates and campaigns over the last several years,” and that when making the decision, “venue capacity and candidate availability both came into play.” 

About the Author: Kelly Jackson is a recent escapee from corporate America, and a California refugee to Tennessee. Christ follower, Wife and Mom of three amazing teenagers. She has a BA in Comm from Point Loma Nazarene University, and has a background in law enforcement and human resources. Since the summer of 2020, she has spent any and all free time in the trenches with local grassroots orgs, including Mom’s for Liberty Williamson County and Tennessee Stands as a core member.  Outspoken advocate for parents rights, medical freedom, and individual liberty. Kelly can be reached at

17 thoughts on “Despite Overwhelming Tennessee Support For Trump, TN GOP Invites DeSantis As Keynote For Biggest Fundraiser Of The Year

  • July 12, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    What kind of mess is this? Ron Desantis is not a populist. First Tennessee Stands and Gary Humble are parading Ken Cucinelli for Desantis and now Tennessee Conservative? No ma’am! Kelly, you & Gary Humble can keep ot pushing elsewhere!

  • July 12, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Gary Humble already told people to dig deeper whilst he digs in a shallow puddle. He really does believe that his supporters are that stupid.

  • July 12, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Since Trump is the leadcer of the pack, it is kinda dumb to promote DeSantis, who is just a shell of Trump. He copies everything about Trump, including a famous line of Turmps. so he will be popular like Turmp, but he is a traitor, and will step onl anyone that helps him, in order to make it up the ladder. Not a nice man. Dumb move to let second place get the publicity..

  • July 12, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    That’s gonna be a problem.

  • July 12, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Because the TN GOP are a bunch of lovers of endless losing wars that kill patriots and make traitors rich, open borders, send your jobs to china, no deficit too big, lie to get in office then vote like antifa, RINO traitors like every single big donor behind neo-con Ron.

  • July 12, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Just more evidence that the establishment GOP aka Uniparty aka Swamp will tell you exactly what you want to hear – to your face – then turn around and stab you in the back! These demons are worse than the Dems. At least we know where they stand. This GOP HATES Trump and the America First platform and will do anything and everything to sabotage them in the most slippery and slimy ways possible.

  • July 12, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    Looking forward to hearing what DeSantis will do to advance the ball…

  • July 12, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    If the GOP supports a candidate, that is a pretty good reason to look for who they are trying to undermine. Probably someone who will not fit into the swamp. If Trump would only admit his mistake on the jab, I would support him unconditionally. That issue is his Achilles Heel.

    On the huge plus side, he negated the military’s desire to go to war with Iran over our downed drone.

    The US needs to stop meddling outside its borders as the Monroe Doctrine promised. (Everyone knows that the Monroe Doctrine instructed Europe to stay out of our hemisphere, but very few know that it promised that the US would stay out of THEIR business.)

    Trump is the Peace Candidate!!! He will tell Zelinsky to go pound sand and negotiate with Putin. This CAN be done. It would not have NEEDED to be done if the US had let Ukraine have its democratically-elected president in 2014.

  • July 12, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    No mystery at all why I sent a significant amount of money to the DeSantis campaign and why I applaud (for once) the Tennessee GOP for making him their keynote speaker for the following reasons:

    1. After banging on about “the wall” he will build all through the 2016 campaign Trump did NOTHING for three years until it was too late to complete the thing during his first term so it sits today uncompleted.

    2. After Trump platformed and featured Fauci DeSantis fought Fauci and his useless mandates that were imposed by the Trump administration.

    3. Trump did nothing about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion poison that is infecting this country, and in fact seems bored by the entire subject, whereas DeSantis has been in the forefront of fighting this poison all through his administration.

    4. There are millions of center-right voters who are essential to a Republican victory in the general who dislike Biden but HATE Trump and simply will not vote for Trump under any circumstances so just as Trump lost in 2020 he will lose in 2024 and we will be stuck with four more years of this dreadful Democratic administration.


    • July 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm

      The Simp bigrade is trying to now infest The Tennessee Conservative like they failed at Twitter? Nop!

  • July 12, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    Once again the Tennessee RINOs show their disregard for their constituents. They support Club For Growth, an open borders group that hates Trump and now try to push the Paul Ryan clone, DeSantis, down our throats. All because they think we’re stupid and too lazy to fight for what’s best for our state. The GOP RINOs in Tennessee are in for a big surprise during the next primary season when we’ll donate, volunteer and support REAL conservatives.

  • July 12, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    I know it has been said many times, but it is worth reiterating once more folks: It is time to rid ourselves from ALL these elected officials and to vote for new blood without exceptions. We have shown many times that the will of the masses can be achieved when we stand together. Why should we keep allegiance to an elected person who doesn’t even care to represent his constituents? Remember it can be done. Just remember the latest Budweiser fiasco.

  • July 12, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    Why I long ago quit supporting RNC/GOP/TNGOP. Their blind eye, deaf ear to their base is KILLING them.

  • July 12, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    Tennessee is overrun with RINOS. The RINOS are everywhere! Even here in the very red state of TENNESSEE, you have fight every day to keep things going in the right direction. The GOP establishment here is not a fan of Trump. We have to keep the pressure on them or they’ll try to cheat him out of his electoral college votes.

  • July 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    Anyone complaining who can’t name their 2 TN GOP SEC members is part of the problem … and, sadly, that would cover many reading and commenting.

    The current TN GOP leadership was just elected by YOU, the TN Republican voters last August.

    Did you research your SEC candidates before voting for them? Did you choose between candidates based on how they would vote in the TN GOP? The leadership We the People elected last August elected Scott Golden in December. When you voted for an SEC member in August did you ask them if they would re-elect him in December or would look for new TN GOP leadership?

    We get the leaders we deserve when we elect them.

    The Republicans of Tennessee Directly elect our Tennessee Republican Party (TRP) State Executive Committee (SEC) Members –>> 2 (1 male, 1 female) for each state Senate district. 33 State Senate Districts so 66 TRP SEC Committeemen/women. They are elected every 4 years in the midterm August primary. The majority of our current TRP SEC was elected last August.

    If you do not know who your TRP SEC Committeeman and woman are then you are part of the problem – ignoring them, giving them no input, asking them no questions, not voting for them in an informed way (some had people running against them last year).

    Next August primary (2024) at least 9 SEC positions will be up for election as 9 (so far since the 2022 August elections) SEC committeemen/women have been appointed. They will have to run for election in 2024. If you are in their district make sure you vet them and if they are not to your liking then be part of the solution – find qualified, Bona Fide Republicans to run for the TRP SEC.

    The TN GOP Chair is elected every Dec. Ask tough questions of the SEC committeewoman/man candidates and get the Tennessee Republican Party that you want to have.

    However, if you don’t attend your county meetings and you don’t vet the SEC candidates that You elect and if you don’t even know who your SEC committeemen/women are then you now know where to start to make a change in the TN GOP!

    NOTE: right now there is a vacant seat – who will be appointed to fill it until the August 2024 elections?

  • July 14, 2023 at 12:15 am

    “In spite of those facts, the economy and his foreign policy positions seem to be factors that outweigh any misgivings those who could switch their allegiance to Governor DeSantis would have had.”

    Kelly Jackson is talking about WW3 and global incineration here, folks : kind of a thing with some people and the national TN GOP too, it appears.

    But Zelesnky will be done by the autmun “rasputitsa”, as the mud season self identifes.
    By then, BRICS will have introduced its own international trade curency, Saudi Aabia will have dumped the Petro-Dollar and hopefully, Joe Biden will still be around to own it all, although it’ll probablly still be all Trump’s fault even if he isn’t elcted by then.

    I don’t worry about 2024. Our politics is dead. Our fate will be determined by foreign powers like a cripple on an escalator.


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