Ron DeSantis bemoans ‘political correctness run amok’ in flap with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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On Fox News Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis addressed his recent spat with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democratic congressional nominee who DeSantis lampooned in an Orange Park campaign stop last weekend.

“You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe,” DeSantis said. “It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”

Ocasio-Cortez capitalized on DeSantis’ remark on Twitter.

In the days since DeSantis offered that quote, he’s been pilloried on the left. (Worth noting: primary opponent Adam Putnam has not messaged against DeSantis for remarks perceived in many quarters as misogynistic).

Fox News, a friendly venue, allowed DeSantis to get his side of the story out Wednesday morning.

“It’s not about identity politics,” said DeSantis. “She referred to herself as a ‘girl from the Bronx’ … she said ‘Trump can’t handle a girl from the Bronx’.”

“This is just political correctness run amok … a way to obscure scrutiny on her views, which are socialist and they’re wrapped in ignorance,” DeSantis added, noting that Florida has many people who have “fled from socialism” in Latin America.

“We understand socialism doesn’t work, and when you’re justifying it by saying ‘the unemployment rate is low because people are working multiple jobs’, it just shows that you don’t know what you’re talking about,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said he brought Ocasio-Cortez up in Orange Park because she’d been “slamming Israel repeatedly throughout her campaign … talking about the Israeli occupation of Palestine. But there’s no Palestinian state, there’s never been a Palestinian state.”

“She was asked to justify those views, and she couldn’t justify her views,” DeSantis said. “I think the socialism and the ignorance is a toxic combination.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

One comment

  • Frankie M.

    July 25, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    When in doubt double down. When did basic human decency become politically correct? Might as well change his name to Trump Jr.

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