Rick Scott warns of Democratic ‘authoritarianism’, says his election decertification vote didn’t matter
Sen. Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
The Senator continues to wrestle with Jan. 6.

With President Joe Biden inaugurated, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee is wasting no time going on offense against the Democrat.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott promoted on Wednesday afternoon an op-ed for Newsweek, in which the first-term Republican from Naples warned of a nascent “authoritarianism” from Democrats as a backlash against the events of Jan. 6, while downplaying the impact former President Donald Trump and his supporters had on fueling the terrorist attack on the Capitol.

Scott may have attended the Biden inauguration in deference to what he has called a “peaceful transfer of power” from the Trump administration. However, the timing and the substance of the op-ed release suggests partisan concerns still prevail.

“Democrats, the media and Big Tech are trying to use the events of Jan. 6th to go after all Republicans and all Trump supporters and silence dissenting views. It is authoritarianism masquerading as the force that will keep America safe,” the Senator tweeted from his @ScottforFlorida account used for political endeavors.

Scott added in the editorial that “de-platforming Republicans, censoring dissent, intimidating GOP supporters and promoting the myth that Republicans supported the violence in the Capitol is corrosive and dishonest. Suppressing speech is fundamentally un-American. It undermines the institutions we need at this critical moment to lend stability to the Republican Party and our country.”

And from there, a chilling warning: “When the party that controls both the legislative and executive branches abuses its power, it is more than a destabilizing influence on our political system.”

The Senator’s viability as head of the Senate campaign arm has been questioned after his controversial decision to object to the certification of Pennsylvania’s electors. Scott, roundly criticized for that decision, contends that such criticism is misplaced.

“My vote objecting to Pennsylvania’s process wasn’t about the 2020 election. It would not have changed the outcome,” Scott wrote. “My vote was about elections to come, in 2022, 2024 and beyond, and seeing that they are conducted fairly.”

The Senator continues to evolve his rhetoric on this point, with this defense considerably more restrained than his explanation to a Fox News Radio host earlier this month.

“What’s important to me is election integrity,” Scott said. “They didn’t follow their own laws and I’m fed up with that.”

Scott went on to complain he was “tired of what’s going on in this country.”

As the Senator continues to find his place in Democratic Washington, with Republicans finding common ground with the Biden administration, Scott is poised to continue to recalibrate his rhetoric on the matters of Jan. 6 until the news cycle cools on the matter.

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


  • Bob Swanson

    January 20, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Mr. Scott is largely correct. However, the ideology of the Democrats, particularly like that of Democrats of the Biden/Harris/Sanders ilk is, by its nature, authoritarian. The reaction of Trump’s supporters was wholly inappropriate. However, although it may appear to be peaceably accomplished as the next four years proceed, everyone’s liberty will be thrown asunder by the results of this election.

  • Frankie M.

    January 20, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    …but it’s ok when Republicans control both the House, Senate, Supreme Court, & WH?? As long as they don’t abuse their power of course…ricky just needs to stop talkin out of his arse and stfu. Keep your convoluted rationalizations to yourself if it helps you sleep at nite.

  • Bob Swanson

    January 20, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Well, Frankie, just don’t disagree (publicly) with anything they do or say or whine about higher taxes. They have a way of silencing people.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Word on the street. Nazi Rick may have early stages of dementia ! Notice the desperation for attention and the Moghty Dude complex. Mmm. Worried about you Naxi Rick ! Slow down the crazy bs!

  • Benjie Gloyd

    January 21, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Dumbass dems under every rock. That’s ok, for now the rocks are smarter.

  • Samsezs

    January 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    What are they doing about the integrity of the election? We KNOW this was fraud. Are we just suppose to suck it up? Idc what happened Jan 6. I don’t care what happened the entire summer .. what I care about is our federal election. Want to make our government fair. Then divide the house and senate seats up 50/50. They each get half the house .with any ties going to the Supreme Court. No stacking of the Supreme Court allowed. We have 9 right now. There shouldn’t ever be another added. All seats have a two term limit. Now that is fair. Why can’t this happen? Because no politician wants to have to get a real job. Well tough shit! America will never ever let this die down. we want Joe out of that house. We don’t care if the military has full control we just don’t want a cheat in there. Someone needs to fix this! If the election is not fixed America ceases to exist as of Jan 20 @ 1159. This is on every single politicians head . We want justice . We want our vote!!!!!

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