The latest tweet from Nikki Fried, the former Florida agriculture commissioner, helps explain why she got smoked in the Democratic gubernatorial primary by Charlie Crist, a chameleon politician who started his political career as a Republican.
Fried shared what proved to be a complimentary tweet about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Republican incumbent who campaigned on the simple concept of “freedom” in defeating Crist by an astounding 20 points — imagine how badly Fried would have gone down.
The now-unemployed Democrat wanted to inform everyone that DeSantis was one of the founding members of the Freedom Caucus after members of this caucus held up the election of speaker out of concerns about U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. In a continuation of their persistent campaign to demonize Republicans, Democrats responded to the messy prospects of democracy that secured major concessions for conservative lawmakers to call the turn of events an embarrassment before the world.
“Ron Desantis was one of the nine founders of the Congressional Freedom Caucus,” Fried tweeted.
Ron Desantis was one of the nine founders of the Congressional Freedom Caucus.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) January 9, 2023
The tweet comes as some fervid Trump supporters, who fear the Florida governor’s potential, try to smear DeSantis as a “RINO,” a tool of the establishment — the Freedom Caucus serves as a fly in the ointment when it comes to the permanent political class.
As seen on social media, Fried’s tweet was not the ‘own’ she might have thought it was… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
And your point?
— Debbie Mathews (@Hawksgirl80) January 9, 2023
Which is why he carried his re-election in FL with 60% of the vote
— Brian Brady (@MortgageReport) January 9, 2023
You don’t have to sweeten the pot. I already like the dude.
— GA Flyboy (@RightWingman820) January 9, 2023
I don’t think this is gonna go over like she thought it would.. https://t.co/djUfrVOlkW
— Frog Capital (@FrogNews) January 10, 2023
For everyone who claims that DeSantis is a “RINO”: https://t.co/1y9wUixUCR
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 9, 2023
I don’t think this is the “own” that Nikki thinks it is. https://t.co/nVBkSLbARh
— GWardHome (@gwardhome) January 9, 2023
If you like the concessions that the Freedom Caucus was able to get out of Kevin McCarthy, thank Ron DeSantis.
— max (@MaxNordau) January 9, 2023
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