Critics closed out last year asking “Where’s Ron DeSantis?” But Monday night found him in a familiar setting: the Fox News Channel.
DeSantis went on the offense earlier Monday against his “enemies” who complained about a light public schedule during the last two weeks of December as COVID-19 cases spiked and tests proved elusive. Included on that enemies list: Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez last week said DeSantis was “inexplicably missing,” just before Fox News reported DeSantis was accompanying First Lady Casey DeSantis to cancer treatments.
DeSantis discussed this during a morning news conference in South Florida, but he sharpened his arguments on Fox News prime-time. Sean Hannity teased the segment in a tweet promising DeSantis’ reaction to Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez claiming “sexual frustrations” motivated her critics.
While DeSantis did not offer a reaction to that claim of “sexual frustrations,” he did reiterate many of his points about Ocasio-Cortez from the morning event, contending that criticisms of his absence are misplaced.
“It is a private matter,” DeSantis said, “but if people are going to lie, we’re going to fight back.”
“And I can tell you when you have people like that Congresswoman, who ripped Florida because we’re open, who says you need lockdown policies, and then the first chance they get they come running down to my state? If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician who’s done that over the last couple years, I’d be awfully wealthy right now,” the Governor added, repeating a line from the morning event.
DeSantis offered somewhat gentler critiques of attacks he called “dumb” and “not effective” at a news conference highlighting COVID-19 response earlier on Monday.
“When you’re in the political arena, sometimes you’re fortunate with the enemies you have. Because these people just aren’t shooting straight,” DeSantis said of those who, like Ocasio-Cortez, asked where he was as case counts surged in the state.