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    "Want to know why some people are moving to Florida? Because their communities are no longer safe, thanks to prosecutors that think they know better than the people's representatives, and they get to pick and choose which laws that they're enforcing," the Republican governor of Florida said. “State attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” DeSantis declared. “It is my duty to hold Florida’s elected officials to the highest standards for the people of Florida." "We believe this is a law-and-order state; we are not going to back down," DeSantis proclaimed. DeSantis claimed that money from outside Florida is "really trying to push an agenda" in the state. "I don't think the people of Hillsborough County want to have an agenda that is basically woke, where you're deciding that your view of social justice means that certain laws should be enforced," the governor said. DeSantis referred to how progressive, George Soros-backed San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was...
    Former President Donald Trump made nice when Newsmax’s Rob Finnerty asked if he’d entertain Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his 2024 running mate, but wandered off topic before he could actually answer. The buzz around DeSantis 2024 has intensified recently with the combination of stronger-than-usual showings by the guv in certain polls and the potential for the January 6 hearings to damage Trump politically. On Thursday’s edition of Newsmax’s Wake Up America, Finnerty rolled out his exclusive interview with Trump, which was taped Wednesday in New Jersey. After repeating his election lies and non-tweet statements about the January 6 hearings, Finnerty popped the question on DeSantis’s behalf. Trump started to answer in almost gracious fashion (three seconds in, he took credit for DeSantis’s success), but then sauntered over to other subjects, never to return: FINNERTY: Could you envision a world, sir, where there is a Trump DeSantis ticket in 2024? TRUMP: Well, I get along with them. I was very responsible for his success because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship, just like I endorsed...
    Former President Donald Trump said he was responsible for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) victory in Florida’s razor-thin 2018 gubernatorial election. DeSantis prevailed over Democrat Andrew Gillum by a margin of only 33,063 votes. Since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the governor has elevated his profile nationally with conservatives. Many Republicans would like to see the 43-year-old run for president. Some polls have shown DeSantis prevailing over Trump, should he decide to mount another bid for the White House. Trump has not yet declared if he intends to run again, but speculation is swirling he and DeSantis could go head-to-head in the 2024 primary. Trump joined Newsmax TV’s Eric Bolling Monday to discuss a wide range of topics, including the 2024 presidential election. The host said he did not want to asked Trump if he is running again, as he assumes he will. “So, let me ask you it this way, what would be a mitigating factor?” Bolling asked. “In other words, what would make Donald Trump say, ‘I don’t want it anymore. I did my time. i’m done with it.” Trump said...
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have much in common beyond both being conservative Republicans. Both are governors in their 40s and have elite higher education credentials (Sununu is an MIT-trained engineer, while DeSantis is an alum of Yale College and Harvard Law School). Each won their first gubernatorial race by relatively slim margins. But Sununu and DeSantis in recent months took drastically different paths when it comes to redistricting, the once-in-a-decade process of reconfiguring House and state legislative district lines that's usually a highly partisan endeavor. That's certainly the way DeSantis approached redistricting in Florida, which, due to heavy population growth in the decade before the 2020 census, earned an extra House seat. The Sunshine State will have 28 House districts when the new lines take effect in January 2023, putting it behind only California and Texas for congressional representation. NEW HAMPSHIRE MAP GIVES DEMOCRATIC REP. PAPPAS FIGHTING CHANCE TO STAY IN OFFICE DeSantis successfully pushed to redraw the state's congressional map and give a substantial advantage to Republicans. The...
    ABC legal analyst Sunny Hostin said Monday on “The View ” that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) embodiesu “bigotry” on the ballot, to which the base of the Republican Party “responds.” Co-host Joy Behar said, “So Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is punishing our parent company, Disney, for speaking out against his so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. He revoked Disney’s special status, that could cost Florida taxpayers $2 billion. This goes against the GOP’s brand of being business-friendly. Now can he win this culture war? Because he’s taking on the mouse, and the mouse is bigger than Ron DeSantis.” Hostin said, “I can explain why it’s happening. It’s because bigotry is on the ballot when it comes to Ron DeSantis, right? I mean, that’s what this is about. It’s not anti-Disney, it’s anti-Black, it’s anti-gay, it’s anti-LGBTQ+ community, and for some reason, the Republican base responds to it.” She added, “It’s anti-woke, and woke, what that really means when you look it up in the dictionary, it’s an awareness of social justice. It’s an awareness of marginalized communities. It’s an awareness, and...
    "Can I ask you about [inaudible] rights in education, what critics call the 'Don't Say Gay' bill is on the [Florida] Senate floor —" "Does it say that in the bill?" DeSantis shot back. "Does it say that in the bill?" "I know that you support —" Donovan responded. "I’m asking you to tell me what’s in the bill, because you are pushing false narrative," DeSantis fired back. "It doesn’t matter what critics say." "It bans classroom instruction on sexual identity and gender orientation," Donovan responded “For who? For grades pre-K through three. So 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds," DeSantis responded. "And the idea that you wouldn’t be honest about that and tell people what it actually says — it’s why people don’t trust people like you, because you peddle false narratives." The audience in the room then broke out in applause. "So we disabuse you of those narratives," DeSantis continued. "And we’re going to make sure that parents are able to send their kid to kindergarten without having some of this stuff injected into their school curriculum." JUST NOW: I asked...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hassled a group of college students for wearing masks and said he snoozed through President Joe Biden's State of the Union during an appearance in Tampa Wednesday.  Video footage shows the Republican governor instructing University of South Florida students to take off their masks as he walked toward the podium.  'You do not have to wear those masks. I mean, please take them off,' DeSantis said. 'Honestly it's not doing anything and we've gotta stop with this COVID theater.'    'So if you want to wear it, fine,' he added. 'But this is, this is ridiculous.'  Several students took their masks off, while at least three kept theirs in place.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hassled a group of college students for wearing masks and said he snoozed through President Joe Biden's State of the Union during an appearance in Tampa Wednesday Video footage shows the Republican governor instructing University of South Florida students to take off their masks as he walked toward the podium, calling it 'COVID theater.' Some students took their masks off, while others...
    One of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Democratic rivals compared the Republican to Hitler 'in a lot of ways.'  Florida's Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is trying to oust DeSantis in this year's gubernatorial race, was asked by WJCT reporter Melissa Ross for NPR's The Florida Roundup Podcast on Friday about previously calling DeSantis an 'authoritarian dictator.'  'He is doing everything possible to take power away from local governments, taking away people's abilities to protest, making it harder to vote, talking about, you know, banning books,' Fried said. 'That’s what dictators do.'  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) was compared to Hitler 'in a lot of ways' by Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried (right)  'Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he is trying to govern over the people, and, you know, that, I’m sorry, I’m a student of history, too. I saw the rise of Hitler,' Fried continued.  Ross stopped Fried and asked her if she was comparing DeSantis to the Nazi leader.  'In a lot of ways, yes,' Fried responded. 'I have studied Hitler and how...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) awkwardly dodged the question when Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked him if he had received a Covid-19 booster shot, telling her, “I’ve done whatever I did, the normal shot.” DeSantis received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, his office confirmed in early April. In October, on the cusp of the FDA approval of booster shots for those who had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, DeSantis refused to say whether he would get a booster shot. On Oct. 20, the FDA approved booster shots for all adults who had received the Johnson & Johnson shot at least two months ago, a category that would have included DeSantis since this summer. “Governor, we’re not even sure what fully vaccinated means anymore,” said Bartiromo, mentioning recent comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci that “fully vaccinated” could mean “three shots, which is two shots for the vaccination and then one booster shot.” Bartiromo then asked a very straightforward question of the Florida governor: “Have you gotten the booster?” “So, uh, uh, I’ve done, whatever I did, the normal...
    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his recent dubbing of President Joe Biden’s administration as the “Brandon administration” during a Monday interview. WPEC CBS12 News reporter Jay O’Brien pressed the Florida governor on calling the administration “the Brandon administration” in reference to the popular anti-Biden phrase “Let’s Go, Brandon” at an election integrity press conference on Nov. 3 in Tampa Bay. “Do you feel that that is the proper level of exchange between a governor and a president?” O’Brien asked. “Well, let me ask you how he’s treated us. Well, look, I think it’s a joke but honestly, one of the reasons why that has taken on is because a lot of your folks in the national media, they get very sensitive to it,” DeSantis responded. “Because what happened was people were chanting something else very colorful. You had a reporter though, say it was ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ when that’s not really what was said.” “I think the reason why it’s caught on is because I think it needles the national media a little bit because look, they’ve become very...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) blasted the progressive agenda during a fiery press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, noting that people are “voting with their feet” by flocking to Florida and targeting Dr. Anthony Fauci and the left’s pro-lockdown edicts, telling the crowd that economic recovery begins when “Fauci loses” his job. Last month, DeSantis announced that Florida’s job growth rate was three times the national rate, creating 84,500 jobs in September. According to the Labor Department, the U.S. economy added 194,000 that same month. “Sometimes people will ask me, how come Florida, 84,000 jobs … what can be done to help the rest of the country?” DeSantis said, drawing attention to many of the policies that are driving people to the Sunshine State, including the low per capita tax burden. He noted that New York’s budget is “twice the size” of Florida’s, and taxes are higher, but asked, “Who has better roads, and who has better infrastructure, and who has better education?” “People are voting with their feet. They’re leaving failed states and trying to come to a state that...
    When it comes to killing people with coronavirus, Wall Street apparently prefers the deliberate, methodical approach of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to the chaotic, poo-flinging paroxysms of super-duper-spreader Donald John Trump. While both prioritized the economy and stock market over Americans’ lives, DeSantis was at least doing it out of some misbegotten and fiercely ideological devotion to the invisible hand of the market; I suspect Trump simply wanted to preserve the integrity of the McRib supply chain. Wall Street bigwigs have apparently noticed the difference between the chaotic evil Trump and the lawful evil DeSantis. While DeSantis culls the Florida herd with what could only be described as a clear-eyed zeal, Trump’s administration typically resembled a careening, decommissioned school bus stuffed with gonorrheal tree apes … who occasionally got around to working on COVID-19. What does that mean? We can only speculate, but it sure appears that DeSantis is prepared to challenge Trump for the 2024 nomination, and Wall Street is backing him, big-league. Bloomberg: When it comes to the likely Republican presidential candidates in 2024, Wall Street’s money is on Florida Governor Ron...
    By aggressively disregarding scientific expertise to curry favor with Donald Trump’s base, DeSantis has paved a path to the White House that allows no room for deviation, no matter how many bodies lie between hither and yon.GovRonDeSantis/Twitter On paper, George McClellan was as good a commander as the U.S. had available in 1861. But he was reluctant to attack despite his numerical and tactical advantages. So in November 1862, President Lincoln removed Little Mac as commander of the Army of the Potomac. Thus began the procession of Lincoln’s failed generals—Ambrose Burnside, the sideburn’s namesake; Joe Hooker, whose proclivities might have popularized the slang term for sex workers; George Meade—before the president landed on the unlikely Ulysses S. Grant, who put down the Confederates within a year.  Lincoln was willing to be wrong. That’s what good leaders do. They learn from mistakes. They adapt to new information or changing circumstances. They don’t dig their heels in. Now, as then, politics doesn’t readily reward such flexibility. Lincoln paid a price for firing one high-profile general after another while the war effort...
    Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images President Joe Biden brushed off a reporter’s question about Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Thursday with a flippant, “Governor who?” as the two leaders have exchanged barbs recently about how to handle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The question came from NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, who asked Biden about DeSantis’ comments that he would be “getting in the way” of federal government efforts to impose pandemic restrictions. There is some cross-talk over the video clips, but Biden can be heard responding, “Governor who?” with a laugh, followed by “That’s my response.” NEW: When I asked the president his reaction to @RonDeSantisFL saying he is “getting in the way” over COVID restrictions..Pres. Biden responded “Governor who?… that’s my response” — Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) August 5, 2021 Biden on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL): “Governor Who?” pic.twitter.com/dmmTsd2aPx — The Recount (@therecount) August 5, 2021 Mediaite reached out to DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw for comment. “I think Governor DeSantis said everything he had to say yesterday, in response to the previous two days of unprovoked attacks from the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) prompted a wave of cheers during his Monday press conference, which centered around his signing of the state’s Big Tech censorship bill, SB 7072, pointing to the cherry-picking nature of social media platforms that deplatformed the President of the United States yet continue to allow foreign leaders to openly speak about eradicating Jews. “You’re a loyal supporter of former President Donald Trump. Donald Trump is now a resident in Florida, and he was deplatformed. Is this bill for him?” one reporter asked the governor, prompting an audible reaction in the room. “The bill is for everyday Floridians is what we said,” the Republican governor began, adding, “But I do think that’s another issue.” “When you deplatform the President of the United States but you let Ayatollah Khamenei talk about killing Jews, that is wrong,” he said, triggering extended cheers in the room: Gov. DeSantis just signed a bill into law that allows Floridians to sue Big Tech platforms for monetary damages: "When you deplatform the President of The United States but you let Ayatollah Khomeini...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisNikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't Florida newspaper blasts DeSantis's ban on COVID-19 passports: 'Makes no sense' Buttigieg hopes cruises will return by mid-summer MORE (R), one of several Republican governors pushing new restrictions on mail-in ballots across the country, once had his own mail-in ballot tossed by election officials after his signature was flagged as not matching a previous signature on file. NBC 6 South Florida reported Monday that DeSantis's 2016 primary vote was flagged by Flagler County election officials after they determined the signature on the form bore “no similarities” to the ones they had on file. Neither did a backup signature provided by the governor. As a result, DeSantis's primary mail-in ballot, which was one of six out of seven times he used a no-excuse absentee ballot to vote between 2016 and 2020, was thrown out by election officials. It wasn't immediately clear if the governor submitted another ballot after his vote was rejected. The Hill has reached out to the Florida governor's office for comment. DeSantis has backed attempts by Florida...
    Fox News contributor Joe Concha slammed "60 Minutes" during a Tuesday "Fox & Friends" segment for their Sunday report on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, arguing the show had a "narrative" they intended to push from the beginning.  CBS GOES DARK ON DESANTIS, AVOIDS MENTIONING '60 MINUTES' REPORT ON MORNING, EVENING NEWS PROGRAMS JOE CONCHA: [60 Minutes] is intending to shape a narrative. They had a plan going into that press conference with Ron DeSantis. They had a plan even before they put together this package to hear what DeSantis had to say with an answer to the question. ...  What I want to know is, with "60 Minutes" being based in New York and everything, when is that profile coming on Andrew Cuomo and his handling of nursing homes or of vaccine distribution? Because overall, Florida has an older population, it has a larger population, it has four major cities and Florida has 17,000 fewer deaths than New York. Florida’s been open since last year. New York has basically been shut down until recently. Boy, that would be a pretty good story for...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back on the media for a question about people worrying that not enough is being done in Florida to fight the coronavirus following Super Bowl festivities in which people were seen not wearing masks. "The media is worried about that, obviously,” DeSantis responded Wednesday to a journalist asking about the concerns over COVID-19 in the state. "You don't care as much if it's a 'peaceful protest' ... and then it's fine," DeSantis said. "You don't care as much if they're celebrating a Biden election. You only care about it if it's people you don't like. I'm a Bucs fan. I'm damn proud of what they did on Sunday night." Video circulated on social media showing Super Bowl attendees and partiers in Tampa not wearing masks, sparking an outcry from the media and others. While coronavirus cases in the U.S. are dropping and vaccinations are increasing, this morning there are new concerns over last night's #SuperBowl gatherings as potential super-spreaders and the dangers on new mutations of the virus. @tomcostellonbc has more. pic.twitter.com/FDOTbO7HFG— TODAY...
    Coronavirus whistleblower Rebekah Jones has sued Florida, alleging that state police violated her constitutional rights of free speech and due process when they raided her home earlier this month.  On December 7, agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) carried out a search warrant on 30-year-old Jones' Tallahassee home, while she, her husband their two young children were inside.  Just two weeks after the incident, Jones filed a complaint late Sunday in Leon County Circuit Court, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  The filing alleges that the basis of the search warrant was 'a sham' used to punish her for speaking out against Gov Ron DeSantis for 'refusing to falsify statistics on a "dashboard" she had created for (the Department of Health)'.  Scroll down for video   Coronavirus whistleblower Rebekah Jones has sued Florida, alleging that state police violated her constitutional rights of free speech and due process when they raided her home earlier this month  On December 7, agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) carried out a search warrant on 30-year-old Jones' (pictured...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Gov. Ron DeSantis sat down with CBS4’s Jim DeFede for his first one-on-one interview since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. They touched on a variety of topics from the governor’s handling of the crisis to the perception he’s “tethered” to the Trump administration. UNEMPLOYMENT WAGE DeFede asked the governor if he should raise the state’s unemployment wage. Currently, benefits max out at $275 a week, which is one of the lowest benefits in the country. DeSantis: I would look at it. I don’t think I can unilaterally do it. I think we would have to have the legislature come in. DeFede: Why not call a special session to examine it? I mean, people are right now only going to get at most $275. DeSantis: First of all, there will definitely be more federal assistance, even apart from the unemployment. I can tell you there’s going to be another 1,200 dollars, most likely, that’s going to go out to folks and there is going to be some form of a federal unemployment supplement. So I’m going to...
    History of a sort was made this weekend. Florida’s Ron DeSantis, unparalleled among Republican governors in his slavish devotion to the president, finally found a red line he couldn’t cross.  As the president was wishing testing would go away for the same reason I recently removed a scale from my bathroom, DeSantis said the surge in infections in his state couldn’t be explained away by testing. Cases have increased exponentially while testing has not. There’s even a big uptick in young people, karmic payback for DeSantis providing everything but kegs of Bud Light to lure beachgoers over spring break. In early May, DeSantis clocked 819 cases. He surpassed 5,508 in 24 hours on Tuesday.  Before any other governors could follow DeSantis and contradict the president, Trump ended much of the federal support for COVID-19 testing at the end of the month, proving that he more or less meant it when he said he’d asked staff to please slow it down in keeping with his theory that bad numbers now are worse than bad outcomes later. Aides rushed to say it...
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