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2020

Ron DeSantis: Democrats are whiners, nobody’s shutting down, rioters will be jailed, media will cry

DeSantis unleashes passion and anger in warming up Donald Trump’s Sanford crowd.

Gov. Ron DeSantis unleashed a tirade of passion and anger Monday as a warm-up speaker to Donald Trump‘s Sanford campaign speech, declaring Democrats are whiners, nothing will be shut down due to coronavirus concerns, rioters are going to jail, and media are going to cry when Trump wins.

The Governor held little back in front of the Trump-base crowd of thousands at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. He followed the often-equally provocative speeches from U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz and Matt Gaetz and Republican congressional candidate Leo Valentin.

The two Congressmen and the congressional hopeful took plenty of shots at Democrats, street protesters, and members of the media, with Gaetz even mocking that they wore masks.

Yet DeSantis offered an expression of anger and frustration that shows how completely he has changed from having strong early relationships with Democrats and journalists during his first year.

DeSantis made pleas to support Trump and Republicans on national issues such as the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. But he also made blistering defenses of his own policies, such as his determination to open Florida’s economy and keep it open, and his proposed anti-violent protest legislation.

“Biden has said if some scientist tells him to shut down he’s going to shut down the country. That would ruin millions of lives. It will cost many lives, I think we’re seeing with some of that. And it’s totally unacceptable from what we know now,” DeSantis said. “We cannot let that happen.

“We’re not going to let them shut our schools. We’re not going to let them close our businesses. We are not going to let them shut down this country,” DeSantis said.

He offered the street protests as a choice between law and order and “letting the rioting and looting continue.” He accused Democratic presidential nominee Biden of being silent about rioting. “As these American cities were ablaze, Biden didn’t step up. He didn’t exercise any leadership because the fact of the matter is he wasn’t opposed to what they were doing.

“I’ve unveiled the strongest anti-looting, anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. And we’re going to pass this,” he said. “It says some things very simply. It tells our local governments, if you defund law enforcement, then the state is going to defund you. And if local government is led by a spineless mayor like that mayor of Minneapolis … we’ll we’re going to waive sovereign immunity and you can sue that local government.

“In Florida it’s going to be a very simple message. If you loot, you’re going to jail. If you riot, you’re going to jail. And if you assault one of our law enforcement officers, you are going to jail,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said that Democrats are whining like his 3-year-old daughter about how unfair it is that the Republican-led U.S. Senate is set to confirm Barrett in the last days before the election after refusing to consider the Democrats choice for eight months in 2016 because it was too close to the election

“I don’t care what they think is fair,” DeSantis said, “We’re going to confirm her and they’re just going to have to deal with it.

DeSantis accused the media of being part of the Democratic Party.

“I can tell you on election night, when all of the people in the media are licking their chops because they want to see the President defeated, the minute that Florida starts to turn, and the Panhandle comes in, you’re going to see all the smiles at CNN turn to tears, and they’re going to cry,” DeSantis said.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. S.B. ANTHONY

    October 12, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    “I don’t care what they think is fair,” DeSantis said, “We’re going to confirm her and they’re just going to have to deal with it.”

    So shortsighted.

    “I can tell you on election night, when all of the people in the media are licking their chops because they want to see the President defeated, the minute that Florida starts to turn, and the Panhandle comes in, you’re going to see all the smiles at CNN turn to tears, and they’re going to cry,”

    So desperate.

    Desantis probably should start getting his resume together.

  2. Cynthia m lenz

    October 12, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    he broke my heart. yep out you go!

  3. Ocean Joe

    October 12, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    A large crowd, and hardly a mask in sight…dumb as a pile of rocks.

  4. Palmer Tom

    October 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Let me get this straight. DeSantis gave a talk whining about how much Democrats whine?

  5. Kei

    October 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Replace “DeSantis unleashes passion and anger in warming up Donald Trump’s Sanford crowd” with “DeSantis makes like a little boy trying to get his indifferent, deadbeat father to say ‘I love you’ to him for the first time in front of Donald Trump’s Sanford crowd” and it would be far more accurate. Just a humble suggestion for an edit.

  6. Surf Nazi

    October 12, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Thank You Lord Jesus For best Florida governor ever Ron Desantis, President Donald J Trump and the AR-15.

  7. Surf Nazi

    October 12, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Are you people mad because governor Desantis is going to have you put in prison for rioting and looting?

  8. Sonja Fitch

    October 13, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Desantis is the poster child for the goptrump cult ! Desantis is despicable and dangerous! Trumpvirus numbers are going up! Desantis says “DIE”. Are you social distancing? No I ain’t afraid of trumpvirus! Are you wearing a mask? Ha ha I ain’t afraid of trumpvirus! May god have mercy on your rotten soul Desantis! Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the common good!

  9. James Robert Miles

    October 13, 2020 at 6:37 am

    DeSatan is the real whiner, along with his master Trump and they will have a lot to whine about in November. Anybody who supports these two bozos is in bed with the devil himself!!

  10. Çatherine Sundell

    October 13, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Governor Desantis and trump are a disgrace to the American people! I saw one positive comment ,one, from someone who put their last name as Nazi, that’s their base, people who call themselves Nazi’s.Dust off your resume Governor while Donald tries to figure out his next fraudulent scheme!

  11. DisplacedCTYankee

    October 13, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Gov DeMAGA was out and about at the Sanford “rally” touching and breathing with the cult followers so he, too, could contract Covid-19, just like his Dear Leader. Will be interesting to see DeMAGA on a drug cocktail of steroids, etc …..

  12. Adam Lin Wendling

    October 13, 2020 at 9:13 am

    This “proposed anti-violent protest legislation” is yet another example of the ‘small government’, ‘freedom-loving’ GOP taking away local control of budget issues. GOP won’t let local governments make standards for businesses, tells local schools what can and can’t be taught while at the same time lauding “school choice”, and now tells local governments how to make their budgets. see the irony?

  13. Bob Smith

    October 13, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Gov DeSantis I will remember everything you’re now when your re-election comes around.

  14. T. Berry

    October 13, 2020 at 10:31 am

    That boy is a whole bucket of stupid!

  15. Joe Fatala

    October 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    What a scumbag. Only cares about himself. Just like his bromance the Sociopath in Chief in the White House.

  16. Linda O

    October 13, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Oh my Lord! I’m losing my mind.. this Governor has drank the Trump kool aid.. He will be sorry for following Trump down the rabbit hole. I understand he has no experience to be governor but to follow Trump blindly who, knows nothing either is his biggest mistake. I believe the history books will show how stupid he was to be his follower and not a leader. Here in Florida we deserve better. I was happy when he won but how he has handled the Corona virus or the right to vote for felony’s is discussing or gun control. I don’t understand why they think all felons will vote Democratic. That blows my mind but him being a Trump loyalist is worse. He is personally responsible for many deaths in this state because of his stupidity. Any Governor who fears Trump tweeting bad things about you is a wimp anyway. Bye bye Mr DeSantis..

  17. C Wenzel

    October 13, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I am disgusted with the governor. I thought he had better sense. I guess I was wrong. What an idiot.

  18. Mohammed

    October 15, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I am moving to Florida because of Ron DeSantis. he is way better than fat ass JB Pritzker im runing from Illinois

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