Ron DeSantis takes anti-AOC case to Fox News prime-time
Ron DeSantis. Image via Fox News Channel

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The Governor rehashed lines from his morning news conference for a national audience.

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.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


20 comments

  • Alex

    January 3, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    He disappears for 9 straight days with no explanation, and now he’s trying to bank creds with his idiot followers by attacking AOC for pointing out the facts.

    High comedy!

    • Debbie

      January 4, 2022 at 12:38 am

      She looked like a hypocritical idiot for frolicking in Florida during our worst Covid surge. And he’s an idiot because nobody believes his BS story.

    • Evan Miller

      January 4, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Were you dropped on your head when you were little?

    • SC

      January 4, 2022 at 4:10 pm

      Alex, you are mis informed. Gov Desantis wasn’t missing for 9 days as you and some in the media and Democrats from Miami and AOC have stated. as his office pointed out last week, he was meeting with different branches of government across the state. His office provided details of dates times if you care to research. He and his wife were in Jacksonville one day for her cancer treatment. Just because he’s not in front of a camera doesn’t mean he’s disappeared and not performing his duties as governor. Wise up…as for AOC, well here actions speak for themself. She appears all mouth with little substance….aka lack of action…

      • Alex

        January 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm

        All that came out AFTER the 9th day SCooter.

    • Pk

      January 5, 2022 at 7:36 pm

      Why aren’t you asking where Joe biden is?

  • Frankie M.

    January 3, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Glad to see Ronnie’s ok. I got worried when I hadn’t heard him troll anybody in a few weeks. #thoughts&prayers

  • tom palmer

    January 4, 2022 at 12:18 am

    If Gov. DeSantis had any class, he would ignore AOC.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 4, 2022 at 7:25 am

      Oh he has class alright. What about the creepy sexualized response from Squad Member AOC? I think she might have the hots for our fine Governor.

    • SC

      January 4, 2022 at 4:17 pm

      Tom, from what I’ve seen, gov Desantis has shown great restraint from some of the attacks and lack of support he has received from the democrats. I’m only sorry I did not vote for him last election however I want make that mistake again. He’s done a GREAT job for Florida a regardless of your party. I think he’s the best governor Florida has had since Bob Graham (D). I’m thankful now that we did NOT get Gillian. I see now he would have been a major CLUSTER F_$#!

      • Tom

        January 6, 2022 at 2:29 pm

        Hey SC, you have your chance to correct the wrong. Yes, DeSantis in general turns the cheek to all these patty and outrageous Manchurian attacks. He and his family are wonderful. Tell 3 friends, family you are and make sure they do to.

    • Tom

      January 10, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      If tom palmer had any dignity he would apologize for calling Gov Ron a racist. It is shameful that you did so last week. Not acceptable apologize.

  • Laura Ann

    January 4, 2022 at 3:38 am

    If he spent as much time working to protect people from COVID as he did going on FOX and avoiding talking to people, florida’s numbers would be much lower.

    • SC

      January 4, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      Laura Ann,. Gov Desantis and President Biden (and trump) before him, can only do so much. The end of the day it’s each person’s responsibility to take proper steps to protect themselves. Follow CDC guidelines, get vaccinated. End of the day, it’s up to each person to take responsibility for themselves.

    • Melissa Harrison

      January 10, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      Me too!!that idiot aoc brought the virus to Florida with her!! Actually she is a virus! And way worse than covid!!

  • Tom

    January 4, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Four ignorant and partisan hacks.
    Palmer you are embarrassment, Alex you are beyond that. Frankie, go wax your car from high school. Laura Ann, your commentary proves how stupid you liberal Dum Manchurians are.
    No one, no one can stop Covid. Blame China you idiots. Your incompetent Biden said he’d stop it. Are you serious? More have perished under incompetent Biden, compared to Trump.
    So that means he should resign. What a joke.
    No take home tests ordered by Biden, are you serious? Monoclonals hoarded by adm., over $80 billion budgeted, no tests.
    Spare us your lies, and fake liberal socialist indignation. What a bunch of losers.

  • Lee

    January 4, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    Tom, well said!

    • Tom

      January 7, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      Always!
      Thank you Lee.
      I’m a legend with FP.
      People like SC above, other Manchurians attach me as they can’t defeat me,
      Stay strong, our cause is great and our adversaries know this. I’ll always right the ship!

  • Beth

    January 8, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Anyone else notice how much time Ronnie spends criticizing women? Yet he throws his full support behind self proclaimed sexual predators like the former defeated president. He continues to prove time and time again what a despicable creep he is.

  • Arch Stanton

    January 10, 2022 at 10:28 am

    What do Florida democrats really LOVE to hear?……..oh YES! LET’S GOOOOOOOOOO BRANDON!!!!! 😉

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