Assurances to “start slitting throats” struck a nerve as fat cats from the bloated federal government rolled out their “violent rhetoric” shtick against a leading GOP presidential candidate.
Much like the lingering narrative about Florida’s African American curriculum peddled by Vice President Kamala Harris, the latest attack against Gov. Ron DeSantis, though readily debunked, was certainly stretched out.
Taken from a campaign stop in Rye, New Hampshire, the prominent challenger to former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential primary had used some colorful language to describe his intentions to weed out excess while predicting the backlash that followed.
“On bureaucracy, you know, we’re gonna have all these deep state people…we’re gonna start slitting throats on day one and be ready to go. You’re gonna see a huge, huge outcry because Washington wants to protect its own. But at the end of the day, this is a city that’s failed this country,” expressed the governor in clip featured by CNN’s Jim Acosta.
As the corporate media personality pointed out, in line with DeSantis’ own statement, voices from some of the largest federal employee unions coalesced around a message to defend the status quo in Washington, D.C.
The national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, an AFL-CIO affiliated union representing more than 670,000 federal employees said in part, “Governor DeSantis’ threat to ‘start slitting throats’ of federal employees is dangerous, disgusting, disgraceful, and disqualifying.”
Similarly, the head of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 150,000 employees from 31 different federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service and the Food and Drug Administration, referred to the remarks as “repulsive and unworthy of the presidential campaign trail.”
Read National President Tony Reardon’s full statement in response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s comment about murdering federal employees. pic.twitter.com/lBfly1WSrB
— NTEU News (@NTEUnews) August 3, 2023
Tacking on was National Association of Letter Carriers President Brian Renfroe who chided, “Gov. DeSantis’ violent threat against federal employees is appalling, shocking, disturbing and should alarm every single American. Our members, and all federal employees, have devoted their working lives to public service and do not deserve to be subject to violent threats and assaults, especially from politicians. Gov. DeSantis’ rhetoric would be extremely dangerous at any time, but is particularly disgraceful at a time when letter carriers are increasingly being targeted by violent criminals.”
The governor was confronted about the outcry while on the campaign trail Saturday to which he first replied, “I think people understand that we need to see change, so we’ll bring that about.”
Press furor led him to add, “Well, you guys know…I mean, come on. It’s a figure of speech with that, but it should be taken to mean we want accountability. We’re gonna have a new era of accountability and I think anything less than that is not gonna get the job done.”
Previously, DeSantis had put this plan of action into practice on his own campaign with cuts to his workforce. When asked about it by Fox News host Bret Baier, he had explained, “You put out a commander’s intent and you delegate for people to do it and then you evaluate, and if it’s not up to what you want, then you just make adjustments.”
“Everything you do needs to have a return on the investment,” he detailed. “If there isn’t value in it, then I get changes and then that’s just the reality of what you have to do. So, I’m not a political operative. I’m not a campaign professional. You set out the vision, and you execute on it and if it’s not being executed, you just have to course correct.”
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