Nikki Fried turns Ron DeSantis ‘private army’ plan into fundraising pitch

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The Governor wants to revive the Florida State Guard.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried fulminated Friday about a proposal from Gov. Ron DeSantis to revive the Florida State Guard and used his pitch to fundraise.

In an email entitled “This is horrifying,” the Democratic candidate for Governor blasted DeSantis’ proposal as an attempt to “form a paramilitary force that answers directly to him and no one else.”

Fried’s Monday email mentioned her cable news hit Friday on MSNBC to “discuss DeSantis’ latest — and most alarming —  authoritarian move.”

“This is horrifying,” Fried said of the proposal on The Reid Out. “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 Friday 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 linked to video in her campaign email, framing it as part of her battle against the Governor’s “authoritarian agenda.” She urged donors to “support Nikki’s fight to end DeSantis’ authoritarian regime.”

Even as Fried parlays the earned media into a fundraising appeal, Republicans noted that during the segment, Fried appeared to agree with the host’s comparisons of DeSantis to a former leader of Communist Cuba.

An email this weekend from the Republican Governors’ Association described Fried as “nodding in agreement as an MSNBC host compared Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the murderous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.”

“Nikki Fried’s agreement with an MSNBC host that Florida’s democratically elected Governor reminds her of Fidel Castro is a slap in the face to the tens of thousands of victims of the Castro regime’s murderous brutality,” said RGA spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez.

The crux of the issue is that host Joy Reid invoked Castro’s name during the segment, and Fried did not object.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Alex

    December 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Good, it’ll be a windfall of donations for her.

    Any sensible American knows DeAnus’s little army is dangerous not only to Florida, but the Nation as well.

  • PeterH

    December 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    It might be different story if the State of Florida was fiscally in the position to pay for these DeSantis warriors with Florida tax revenue.

    But that isn’t possible! Unlike most blue states …. Florida is a “taker state” ….. for every dollar that Florida sends to the national treasury the State receives $3.00 in return.

    • Tom

      December 6, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      Peter h Idiocy.

      tourism and sales tax contribute millions. Florida’s budget has increased significantly, even in a pandemic cause of the brilliance of America’s Governor.

      4.6 unemployment rate, over 10 million Floridians working, earning and making Florida’s economy strong.

      Businesses prospering, middle class, blue collar workers earning, re aligning to GOP.

      Governor whiz kid. DeSantis The best!

      • tjb

        December 8, 2021 at 9:30 am

        If whiz kid Desantis gets credit for the 4.6 unemployment rate, perhaps we should praise Bidens 4.2% rate.

      • tjb

        December 8, 2021 at 9:35 am

        If whiz kid DeSantis is getting praise for his 4.6% unemployment rate, perhaps Biden should get credit for the 4.2% rate for the entire USA.

  • Tom

    December 6, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Yes the Fraud and her pathetic lying minions.
    Angry Alex and pop goes weasel, peter h.
    Fraud has made over $800,000 in investment income that we know of, as office holder.
    So much for families with 40 yr high inflation high. Totally out of touch with real people like the Dems,

    22 states or more have a separate state guard force. No big deal. It’s a non issue.
    Tell Fraud to light up and have a smoke. You both need your meds.

    Let’s go Brandon!

  • Tom

    December 6, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    As if weasel, peter h knows better then America’s Governor and or the legislature if funding is lacking.

    Unbelievable. What a joke.

    Thanks, Tom.

  • Tom

    December 6, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    You are an idiot peter h. Lincoln predator.

    IRS data released proved that GOP tax cuts helped lower and middle class workers.
    Deductions ran up to 20%. With Salaries from $35,000. To over $1 million. Higher earners had less deductions, as they paid more.

    This is from the IRS. Not liars Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders and AOC,

    Furthermore, the US Treasury reported that tax revenue collected $4.5 trillion, record collection as tax cuts paid for themselves. Additional revenues, another $2 trillion plus the $4.5 trillion. Some $6.5 trillion total to treasury.

    So dumb peter h.

    Typical leftists lies from Manchurians.

    • PeterH

      December 6, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      You stupid incompetent moron! Tax revenue under the Trump regime never covered budgeted expenditures! Here is an analysis for morons like you!

      Furthermore, the last president to offer a balanced budget since Eisenhower was Bill Clinton.

      End your stupid lies you idiot!

      • Tom

        December 6, 2021 at 9:05 pm


        IRS study released confirms tax data proved to be winner.
        U. S. Treasury collected unprecedented dollars into fed treasury after tax cuts.

        You are a Dum a dolt peter h.
        You have no grasp, go play with Elmo.

        Lincoln Org is done. Tiki torch and all.


      • Tom

        December 6, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        Pops goes weasel, peter h u fool.
        Tiki torch, Lincoln predator, racist.
        You are an idiot. Wah, Wah, Wah.

      • Tom

        December 7, 2021 at 4:34 pm

        Right weasel.

        U S Treasury is wrong, you are right
        IRS is wrong, you are right.

        Go play with Elmo. LMAO

  • Rob Kerr

    December 6, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    You fidiots do realize that NY and California already have militias, right? Played again…lol

  • zhombre

    December 7, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Hey, chill out. Fried spoke in an interview on the Reid Out, on MSNBC, thus nobody saw it. Except the political geeks at FP; they may represent MSNBC’s core audience.

  • Tom

    December 8, 2021 at 9:02 am

    As a member of the Proud Boys and the White Nationists, me and my friends are ready to serve our great governor, Ron DeSantis, in his private army. It is time that we fight our enemies such as Antifa, people of color, non -American citizens, and Democrats and high taxes

  • Concern Citizen

    December 8, 2021 at 9:15 am

    As a member of the Proud Boys and the White Nationists, me and my friends are ready to serve our great governor, Ron DeSantis, in his private army. It is time that we protect ourselves from groups such as Antifa, people of color, non -American citizens, and Democrats, and high taxes

    • PeterH

      December 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Blah blah blah! Republicans are the party of grifters!


  • tjb

    December 8, 2021 at 9:19 am

    As a member of the Proud Boys and the White Nationists, me and my friends are ready to serve our great governor, Ron DeSantis, in his private army. It is time that we protect ourselves from groups such as Antifa, people of color, non -American citizens, and Democrats, and high taxes

  • James Conyers

    December 8, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    A State Militia is a Very Good Idea, as in other States where they Already Have them and its not a problem. Remember it was Farmers, Armed Citizens, Hunters, Militias and a Small Army That Gave us our Freedom in the First Place. You People Really Believe Washington and The Democrats and Some Back Stabbing ” Republicans ” care about Our Freedom, No they Want to Destroy It, Turn This Once Great Nation in to The Laughingstock among The Others. Nikki Fried and Socialist Democrat Party Agenda Need to be Run out of this State. I Know Myself and Plenty of people, are Ready to Join a State Militia or Army as Volunteers without Compensation, Because We Love our Freedom and Won’t Give It Up

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