DeSantis won’t cower to media smear game, rips ‘jackasses’, Ilhan Omar and fellow anti-Semites in offensive strike

Following an ugly neo-Nazi event in Florida, yet another denouncement dance played out Monday on Twitter, after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis didn’t declare the obvious —  that Nazis are bad — quickly enough to appease the liberal mob.

Instead, DeSantis denounced the media for playing its usual political games.

It began with a small group of swastika-wearing, goose-stepping, cosplay-looking racists gathered in Waterford Lakes, near Orlando, to spew hatred and assault passersby.

Videos of the event hit Twitter and quickly went viral:

https://twitter.com/sotiridi/status/1487933653367889920?s=20&t=5zZqZlXbSxR2DT89MT9wuw

 

DeSantis spokesperson, Christina Pushaw pushed back against those demanding an official DeSantis denouncement to prove he, too, isn’t aligned with Nazis.

“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?” she tweeted.

Many quickly saw through the tired ploy, calling it out for what it is: gross.

Associate Director for the Center for the Middle East & International Law Erielle Davidson tweeted: “Florida Dems magnify a few Nazi losers for political gain. They don’t care about antisemitism — they just want to see how ‘big’ they can make half a dozen losers seem in order to score political points.”

 

And when one user noted that no such demands were made of  “the longest serving democrat mayor of Orlando,” who “hosted this horrific act,”  Pushaw responded that it’s 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.”

Gov. DeSantis did make a statement, Monday afternoon, though probably not the one the salivating media were expecting.

“So what I’m going to 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,” DeSantis informed them. “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 going to 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 anti-Semites to the halls of Congress, like Ilhan Omar, that have played footsie with the BDS movement.”

“And so they try to play games to try to politicize,” DeSantis continued. “Why would they want to elevate a half-dozen malcontents and try to make this an issue for political gain?”

Naturally, liberals reacted as though the smear against DeSantis was itself a smear.

Meanwhile, Pushaw continued to duke it out on Twitter, fighting off those who now demanded her condemnation.

“Yes of course I unequivocally condemn that unacceptable behavior from anyone,” she tweeted, asking, “Why is it your default assumption that we support it? And… When will all the Florida Dems condemn Hamas and BDS?”

It didn’t take long, however, for support for the popular DeSantis to pour in.

Melissa Fine

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