DeSantis responds to opponent Charlie Crist’s bizarre rant, telling voters ‘I don’t want your vote!’

Incumbent Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed his gubernatorial opponent, Democrat Charlie Crist, for implying that anyone who supports him is full of “hate.”

Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” this Wednesday, the governor explained that people, including parents, voting for the guy who’s been “fighting for them” on several policy fronts doesn’t make them hateful.

“People support me because I kept the state open and protected their jobs. Charlie Crist wanted it locked down. So that’s not hate in their heart. They’re just appreciative that they had a governor who was standing up for them,” he said.

“Parents around the state support me because we made sure schools were open, and we’re working to make sure they get education not indoctrination. That’s not hate in their heart. They’re just appreciative that they have a governor that’s fighting for them.”

He added that it’s “contemptible” how Crist “claims that he wants to unify Florida” but then turns around and “condemn[s] a majority of the people in the state of Florida.”

“Give me a break!” DeSantis said.

“And the thing about what I’ve done is, you know, we’ve done issues that people across the spectrum have been able to agree with, and that’s really what it’s all about. It’s not hating the other side. It’s trying to have policies that a majority can agree with,” he added.

The response from the governor came only hours after Crist, fresh off of winning his Democrat primary race, said point-blank at his first general election campaign stop early Wednesday that he doesn’t want the vote of anyone who currently supports DeSantis.

Listen:

“Those who support the governor should stay with him and vote for him, and I don’t want your vote. If you have that hate in your heart, keep it there,” he said.

“I want the vote of the people of Florida who care about our state: good Democrats, good Independents, good Republicans. Unify with this ticket. Those who are haters, you’re gonna go off in your own world.”

Notice how he basically implied that anyone — Democrat, Independent, or Republican — who currently backs DeSantis is morally bad and repugnant.

The seemingly bigoted remarks provoked heavy backlash on social media, with critics noting that he sounded like the hateful one, not DeSantis.

Look:

Yet Crist has only doubled down on his attacks.

Case in point:

During his appearance on Fox News, the governor also accused Crist of being a “chameleon” and “typical career politician.”

This particular remark was based on the current Democrat’s political history. As previously reported, he used to be a Republican who served first as Florida’s attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and then later as the state’s governor from 2007 to 2011.

During his last full year in office, however, he apparently had a suspiciously timed change of heart when his attempt to run for a Senate seat fell by the wayside.

“Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, determining that he can’t win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, has decided to exit that race and run in November’s general election without a party affiliation,” The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

Two years later, he endorsed then-President Barack Obama and formally joined the Democrat Party, prompting criticism from his former Republican colleagues.

“In recent weeks, Republicans have increased their criticism of Mr. Crist and have pointed out that he had been critical of Mr. Obama and once described himself as a Republican in the mold of former President Ronald Reagan and Mr. Crist’s predecessor as governor, Jeb Bush,” The New York Times reported.

Four years later, he ran for a House seat and won it, thus officially becoming a Democrat politician:

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