Nikki Fried returned to MSNBC’s Reid Out on Friday, which offered its typical open forum for critiques of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
And Fried provided them, blasting the Governor’s plan to revive the dormant Florida State Guard as “alarming” and “scary” and labeling DeSantis as an “authoritarian dictator.”
The State Guard would respond to emergencies at the Governor’s sole discretion, a force similar to that in 23 other states. Fried’s concern, however, is mission creep: the idea that an “authoritarian dictator” DeSantis could somehow exploit the paramilitary brigade for nefarious purposes.
“This is horrifying,” Fried said of the proposal. “He’s not only forming his own army. But it’s an army that’s not accountable to anybody. Not to the people of our state. Not to the Constitution.”
Fried went on to say that “this should be alarming, not just to the people of our state, but the entire country that the Governor who is unhinged, who is going out of his way to show that he is an authoritarian dictator here in our state, believes that he is above the law, doesn’t listen to the Legislature, doesn’t communicate with the Legislature … this is an individual who believes he is running for President in 2024.”
Fried has frequently suggested that DeSantis has no intention of completing a second term should he be re-elected. DeSantis continues to contend he has no interest in running for the presidency in 2024, copious evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
Fried went on to say asking for a revived State Guard was “the most alarming action and scary action he’s taken so far in his administration.”
Florida’s National Guard suffers from an acute shortage of troops. DeSantis wants the civilian volunteer force to include about 200 members. They would assist the National Guard with hurricane, natural disaster and other state-specific emergency response. The initial budget would be $3.5 million.
The media hit comes as campaign finance watchers anticipate November fundraising reports from candidates including Fried and DeSantis. The Governor became an official candidate for re-election in November, so what will be his first report is eagerly anticipated. Thus far, DeSantis has had all the momentum.
Elsewhere, there are also scant indications of real drama regarding DeSantis’ re-election. The PredictIt prediction market for the 2022 gubernatorial election has seen momentum swing even further toward the Governor in recent months. His re-election contract is valued at 84¢, well above Nikki Fried and Rep. Charlie Crist, priced at 8¢ and 10¢, respectively.
Fried’s TV hit came after a memorable tweet about the “paramilitary force” earlier Friday.
Can't believe I have to say this, but Florida doesn't need a paramilitary force that only answers to @RonDeSantisFL. Millions of Floridians know what it's like to live under regimes like this — and came to our state to escape them. This must be stopped. https://t.co/JoTgXmKTzc
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) December 2, 2021
December 3, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Snowflake DeSantis wants to spend our tax money on frivolous lawsuits and NOW THIS.
You would think he’s the Governor of a tax surplus blue State like New Your or California!
December 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm
Fried keeps screaming at the moon and no one listens to her, especially DeSantis. The marijuana lady days are numbered and I for one am looking forward to it, Hey MS Consumer Affairs Commissioner, still not a word about the huge increase in fuel prices. You can’t beat DeSantis, start doing your job.
December 3, 2021 at 9:53 pm
DeSantis enthusiastically supports the legalization of marijuana! Not sure if he’s an investor….. but with his positive rhetoric he might be.
December 3, 2021 at 9:58 pm
December 3, 2021 at 9:22 pm
Many states have the same thing. They are useful. Implying that such a group would be some sort of SS is just this witch Nikki Fraud shrieking as her political career dissolves into a puddle of green muck. Somebody needs to give her a colonoscopy through her nose.
December 4, 2021 at 10:22 am
We need our own Space Force in Florida. The Martians are coming.
December 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm
Yes needed to ship all Manchurian tom a tons to the space station. Alex, Frankie, tjb, Sonja, ocean, science believer, peter h weasel, concern citizen, JD and plenty of others. Plenty of room.
December 4, 2021 at 8:44 am
How are those financing disclosures coming along Nikki?
December 4, 2021 at 9:02 am
The states of Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee Texas, & Vermont all have an active State Guard. Is Nikki going to call for abolishing those units? Is it Dictatorial for the governors of CA & NY to use their State Guard?
December 4, 2021 at 9:29 am
Fried is completely clueless. She is our Florida Squad member with the likes of AOC, Jayapal, Omar, Bush, Tlaib. An idiot like the rest of them.
December 4, 2021 at 9:44 am
DDS – DeSantis Derangement Syndrome
December 4, 2021 at 9:45 am
DDS – DeSantis Derangement Syndrome
December 4, 2021 at 9:53 am
DDS. DeSantis Derangement Syndrome.
December 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm
We need a militia like they have in Michigan. I always see them out there on the Capitol steps in Lansing whenever they close down bars because of the coco. We can call it “Ronnie’s rednecks” or the FL militia if we want to be generic about it.
December 7, 2021 at 8:44 am
Michigan Governor is to stupid, that’s why she lost VP to incompetent giggles Harris. She’s against boating and gardening. True blue state tyrant.
Clown show, harris, mayor pete, sec energy granholm, garland.
Frankie the fool, like peter h, alex, others.
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