Ahead of ‘not guilty’ verdict, Ron DeSantis lined up with Kyle Rittenhouse

DeSantis sent an email to backers: 'Kenosha, Rittenhouse, and Media Lies.'

The fate of Kyle Rittenhouse, charged in the deaths of two men and shooting of a third during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was decided as “not guilty” by a jury Friday.

But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared DeSantis innocent earlier in the week, in a fundraising email.

The Governor’s take is that while Rittenhouse was on trial, it is the corporate media that was guilty.

“The whole Kenosha episode has been a tragic farce built upon a foundation of corporate media lies,” DeSantis asserted.

DeSantis’ campaign released an essay Wednesday to its email list. The treatise, entitled “Kenosha, Rittenhouse, and Media Lies,” urged supporters to join him and “fight back” against the corporate media and its purported mendacities.

“Corporate media lies are perverting our system of justice yet again,” reads the opening, setting up two compare and contrast paragraphs.

DeSantis juxtaposes “scumbag” Jacob Blake, who was shot by a police officer and paralyzed, with Rittenhouse, a defender of the community.

“He saw Kenosha on fire as a result of media-fueled rioting and did what we should want citizens to do in such a situation: step forward to defend the community against mob violence. In spite of the facts, corporate media, Big Tech, and the Democratic Party baselessly smeared Kyle as a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘domestic terrorist’ and then practically convicted him of murder in the court of public opinion,” the polemic continued.

Much of the email includes familiar attacks.

“Unfortunately, this is the foreseeable product when you have poorly run Democratic cities that have entirely abandoned the concept of law and order, and a corporate press that gaslights people into believing that the rioters are the good guys and the protectors are the bad guys,” DeSantis contended, urging supporters to join him in battle.

“We need to fight back — against attacks on law enforcement, against the smearing of innocent people by the media, against the censorship of the truth by Big Tech, and against those who seek to eliminate our right to defend ourselves and our communities,” the argument continued.

DeSantis is often called “America’s Governor.” And here, he showed his willingness to again wade into the sovereign affairs of other states, offering sharp, unsolicited barbs.

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


  • Charles Plumery

    November 18, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Who are you to impugn our duly elected Governor while hiding behind a left wing publication. Governor DeSantis is doing a credible job as Governor, in fact a more than average job compared to the past governors I have lived under. The communists on the left won’t cease their caterwauling in spite of the good we have in Florida.

    • Gucci Mane

      November 19, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      you’re retarded

  • Terry Bluett

    November 18, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Using “Let’s go Brandon” is something a 5th grader would say. Time for American leaders to grow up. Also, even 5th graders would handle the pandemic better than DeSantis. How sad!!!

  • zhombre

    November 19, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    I salute the jurors in the Rittenhouse case, and support Governor DeSantis. You don’t like that? Lump it.

  • zhombre

    November 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    … and I hope Rittenhouse follows the example and advice of Nicholas Sandmann and sues media outlets for slander and defamation.

  • Ron Ogden

    November 19, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Prescient, ain’t he? Another good quality in a national leader.

    • zhombre

      November 19, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      Didn’t have to be prescient. Only had to look at the evidence and trust the jurors wouldn’t be intimidated by the leftist trash flash mob. The assorted nutcases who post here damning Rittenhouse are, objectively, brain dead. Brain dead and rotting.

  • Don jordan

    November 20, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Your publication is obviously far far far too far to the left and you can be sure I would never subscribe

  • Swamp Dog

    November 22, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Rittenhouse is NOT a hero. He should not be treated like one. He may not have been guilty of premeditated murder, but he did not travel across state lines, pick up a loaded AR-15, knowingly go into a hot zone with that weapon, all for the purpose of visiting, say, the Museum of Fine China. He deliberately placed himself, with a weapon, in a dangerous situation. I believe he was overcharged by prosecutors with a woke political agenda, but he is a vigilante and should be treated like one. He is no hero.

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