Nikki Fried jabs Gov. DeSantis for calling Parler, big tech his ‘most important legislative issue’
Conservatives are flocking to the Parler 'free speech' app. Image via Getty.

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'That makes crystal clear what his priorities are — and it’s not Floridians.'

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried jabbed Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday after he described combatting big tech’s conservative censorship as his “most important legislative issue.”

Speaking Thursday at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, DeSantis lamented the “decapitation” of Parler — a once rapidly growing social media platform primarily used by conservatives.

Parler touted itself as a censorship-free alternative to Twitter.

“This Governor has overseen a failed pandemic response, a botched COVID-19 vaccine rollout, a broken unemployment system that left out-of-work Floridians waiting months, children and families going hungry, and racial injustice he refuses to acknowledge — and some shut-down app is his ‘most important legislative issue we’ve got to get right?’” Fried said in a statement. “That makes crystal clear what his priorities are — and it’s not Floridians.”

Parler’s popularity among conservatives spiked after the U.S. Capitol riot when Twitter banned President Donald Trump and other conservative accounts.

DeSantis described what happened next as a “coordinated assault.”

Google yanked Parler’s smartphone app from its app store Friday for allowing posts that seek “to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.”

Apple followed suit Saturday evening after giving Parler 24 hours to address complaints that it was used to “plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”

Amazon dealt another blow Saturday, informing Parler it would need to look for a new web-hosting service effective midnight Sunday.

“What really bothered me was how they decapitated this company, Parler,” DeSantis said. “You always said hey, it’s a market, you don’t like Twitter, create your own competitor. Well, they did that.”

DeSantis also said he was disturbed during the presidential election to see “credible articles” about Hunter Biden, the President-elect’s son, “actively suppressed.”

Those actions, he said, affected the election.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, holds an annual Policy Orientation conference.

Texas’ biennial Legislative Session, meanwhile, began Tuesday.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.


3 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 16, 2021 at 3:26 am

    Duffus Desantis is willingly slaughtering Floridians! Vote Florida Democrat Blue in 2022!

  • JB

    January 22, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Florida is under assault by the same communists that run the Deep State. They want our guns, our childrens minds, and our money. They want our freedom and our jobs.

    There is only one solution to the communist problem. The same unfinished solution from Vietnam, Korea, and the Cold War. Slaughter as many as you can. Unfinished business.

  • James Robert Miles

    January 23, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Nothing like a right-wing Nazi talking about communists and still living in the past. You need serious mental help if you want to kill off everyone who does not think like you. You are so un American! Suggest you move to North Korea, Iran or Cuba where I am sure that you will fit right in!! The U.S. had to fight in [email protected] to get rid of people like you!!

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