Gov. DeSantis says statute of limitations ran out on AOC slam
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Two years is a long time, Governor contends.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, when asked about his 2018 comments about a New York Congresswoman that are newsworthy once more, didn’t want to discuss them Thursday in Melbourne.

“Wasn’t that like two years ago? It was a couple years ago and I’m not interested in dealing with that,” DeSantis said about comments he made about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

DeSantis, however, had great interest in then candidate Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, when he riffed on her at a campaign stop in Orange Park.

“You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe,” DeSantis said in August 2018. “It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”

The comments, forgotten soon after they were made, emerged from the memory hole on the House floor Thursday, as Ocasio-Cortez recalled the DeSantis disparagement in the context of another Florida Republican, Rep. Ted Yoho, allegedly calling her a sexist slur.

DeSantis, back in 2018, firmly defended his remarks on Fox News.

“It’s not about identity politics,” DeSantis said. “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 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.”

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“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.”

DeSantis may think the story is old news. But for Ocasio-Cortez, it clearly was not.

A.G. Gancarski

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


6 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Puke flies everywhere! Only these limped white men spew the sexist vomit! Yoho and Desantis lord help the women in your lives cause you puked will not!

  • TED KRUZE

    July 23, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    You know, Yoho and DeSantis are just Florida redneck Republican pigs – not far removed from their neanderthal genes. In DeSantis’ case – you can send the pig to finishing school at Yale and Harvard – and Yale and Harvard MIGHT help getting a little of the pig stink out – but the pig is still a pig. Put him back in his Florida pigsty – and the reversion becomes complete.

    Of course, maybe the majority of Florida voters are also garden variety redneck Republican pigs. (?) That seems to be an affliction that affects a lot of the southern states – the Bible Belt – the Red States.

    Today’s rightwingnut movers and shakers in the Florida Republican party are much worse than the racist, anti-semitic, authoritarian mooks of the Nixon era – but changing demographics will soon and finally remove them from the world of the much more accomplished, progressive, and egalitarian Florida (and America) that’s on its way!

  • Tjb

    July 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Agree with Ted. DeSantis is only a pig with lipstick. I am beginning to doubt the quality of a Ivy League education when I hear DeSantis and Trump speak.

  • Joan

    July 23, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    De santis…why are you such a suck ass chickenshit. Require people to wear a mask. I’m a republican and voting against you next term. I hope you loose.

  • Lulu

    July 25, 2020 at 10:05 am

    The whiners on this comment board sound like a bunch of crybaby haters! Just like AOC!

    • Patty LaFave

      July 28, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Agree!!!

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