As predicted, Rachel Maddow attempts to smear Gov. DeSantis over neo-Nazi protest

One thing that can be said about Liberals: They’re predictable.

If you doubt it, just listen to Rachel Maddow’s Wednesday broadcast, in which she does exactly what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the liberal media would do, following a neo-Nazi demonstration near Orlando: She tried to smear him.

Here’s how the incident began:

As American Wire News reported, after a small group of swastika-wearing Nazis gathered in Waterford Lakes, immediate demands for Gov. DeSantis to condemn the obviously condemnable began pouring in from those who would like nothing better than to somehow paint him as a Nazi sympathizer.

And now, days later, Rachel Maddow is attempting to do just that, through a deceptive report that omits several key points and distorts several others.

“But from the governor, it has been a little weird,” states Maddow. “The only initial response from Florida’s Republican governor was this tweet from his press secretary saying, quote, ‘do we even know if they are Nazis?'”

That was hardly the whole story.

Yes, DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw did delete a questioning whether or not these were actual, confirmed Nazis, but she followed it up with confirmation that they did, in fact, belong to a group called the “National Socialist Movement.”

Democrats swarmed around Pushaw, demanding to know why DeSantis had not yet disavowed the group and implying his delay may be cloaking nefarious thoughts, Pushaw tweeted, “So — If the governor himself does not issue a public statement of specific condemnation of whoever this group is, within a time period that the Left deems acceptable, he is smeared as a Nazi sympathizer by default?”

When one user pointed out the same demands were not being made of the Orlando mayor, a long-serving Democrat, Pushaw stated, “Because when they demand condemnation from Republicans, they are accusing us of being tied to the protest in some way, when that is absolutely not the case.”

Which, of course, is precisely what Maddow has attempted to do.

While Maddow claims, after airing only snippets of the response DeSantis delivered Monday, that the governor “never actually got around to condemning the Nazis,” the claim is provably false. Her selective editing makes it appear as though DeSantis never condemned the protesters, and instead chose to go on an irrational, defensive rant about the media.

Maddow called the question of DeSantis condemning Nazi’s “the easiest, most straightforward question an American politician can get,” stating “there’s only one right answer to that, and you shouldn’t have to memorize it.”

Apparently, the host missed the part where DeSantis referred to the protesters as “jackasses” and vowed that Orlando police were dealing with the situation.

Either that, or she didn’t want her viewers to hear it.

Regarding the games of Democrats and the media, here is DeSantis’s full statement:

So what I’m going ot say is these people, these Democrats who are trying to use this as some type of political issue to try to smear me as if I had something to do with it, we’re not playing their game. Some jackasses doing this on the street, first of all, state law enforcement is going to hold them accountable because they were doing stuff on the overpass. So they’re absolutely goin gto do that, and they should do that. But I’m not going to have people try to smear me who belong to a political party that has elevated antisemites to the halls of Congress, like Ilhan Omar, that have played footsie with the BDS movement.

Congratulations, Rachel.

By responding as predictably as Pavlov’s dog, you have perfectly made Gov. DeSantis’s point for him.

Well done.


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