Ron DeSantis donor pitch leans into ‘Charlie Foxtrot’ language about Jan. 6 coverage
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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The Governor continues to complain about Jan. 6 commemorations.

Military men like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis know the actual meaning of the phrase “Charlie Foxtrot,” and while the precise translation isn’t suitable for a family publication, it worked just fine as a title for a fundraising email from the DeSantis re-election campaign.

At issue for DeSantis: the media coverage of the anniversary of the Capitol riot. He was fired up about the issue on Thursday at a press conference, and his rhetoric was no less unsparing here.

Describing a “nauseating display of political hypocrisy and grandstanding from Democrats in Congress and in the corporate media,” DeSantis decreed “Jan. 6th is like Christmas for the out-of-touch D.C., New York political and media class.”

DeSantis then denounced a Thursday speech from the Vice President, in fiery rhetoric that could at least in theory be a preview of a 2024 debate: “It is disgusting and insulting to equate a riot on Jan. 6th to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11th attacks like Kamala Harris did yesterday.”

From there, DeSantis lumped the Capitol rioters in with the mainstream conservative movement: “The Democrat-Media complex is weaponizing Jan. 6th as a way to demonize conservatism across the nation.”

Much of the material on offer for the donor pitch was rehearsed for reporters Thursday, when the Governor claimed that Floridians didn’t care much about Jan. 6 at all.

“It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job, because quite frankly it’s not something that most Floridians are concerned about,” he told reporters at a morning press conference in West Palm Beach.

He went on to say then that he didn’t “expect anything from the corporate press to be enlightening,” predicting “nauseating” coverage.

DeSantis’ Friday fundraising appeal comes as his campaign’s December financial totals are eagerly awaited. Through November, the last month for which records are available, the Governor was dominating his Democratic opposition.

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


  • Anony Mous

    January 7, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    “It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job, because quite frankly it’s not something that most Floridians are concerned about,” he told reporters at a morning press conference in West Palm Beach”… Not really true. There’s one Palm Beach resident that’s freaking out about it. A large percentage of Florida residents are sick about what happened that day and hope the 1/6 commission will recommend prosecution to the DOJ for those involved. I love the USA. Those that tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power on Jan 6, 2021 should be prosecuted in accordance with our laws, no matter who they are.

  • Alex

    January 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Nauseating is the best description of far right liar and fraud DeUseless.

    His hero Trump did this, and he as part of the Freedom Caucus freakshow shares the blame for the most shameful day in American history.

    He won’t of course, because he hasn’t got an ethical bone in his body.

    • Alex

      January 7, 2022 at 9:59 pm

      Seven of the terrorists are from Brevard County.

      Florida is a hotseat of far right losers.

  • tom palmer

    January 7, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    What is nauseous in this country is the idea that lies and conspiracy theories should be believed and acted upon and that cowards like Gov. DeSantis enables them. He is the worst Florida governor in my lifetime as a native Floridian. I’m told Charlie Johns was pretty bad, but I was too young to follow politics then.

    • Frankie M.

      January 7, 2022 at 8:35 pm

      “It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job, because quite frankly it’s not something that most Floridians are concerned about,” he told reporters at a morning press conference in West Palm Beach.

      And CRT is?? Marilyn Manson was right. We’re all stars in the dope show. None more so than Ronnie.

  • Ocean Joe

    January 8, 2022 at 9:58 am

    It’s helpful to remember what the Governor, and Florida’s senators had to say days after Jan 6, 2020.
    You decide, whether a witness who saw a train wreck a year ago somehow has a better recollection of it a year later. The passing of time allows perspective, but should not be a basis to concoct a fantasy about what happened because you realize the Trumpers don’t care. In one of the few truthful statements by the defeated, twice impeached, failed casino operator: “I could shoot someone in the middle of Park Avenue and my supporters wouldn’t care…” Obviously Desantis, Scott and Rubio have learned this fact and have recalibrated accordingly.

  • Cherry Wood

    January 8, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    I agree that the people responsible for starting the riots on January 6th should’ be prosecuted, but it wasn’t started or planned by the right. It is the “LEFTs fault and was planned and funded by the Leftists, who wanted power over everything and everyone. People really need to get over their hate, and research the facts more. This hate is turning the USA into Venezuela number II. Why is most everyone listening to lying spirits, especially if you claim to be a Christian??? However, all you have to do to get the facts here is watch the “UN-DOCTORED” videos and follow the money. By the way, I’m not a Republican.

    • Cherry Wood

      January 8, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      God bless this Nation and heal our Land Please!!!

    • Alex

      January 8, 2022 at 5:33 pm

      Too bad none of the evidence supports your theory.

  • Tom

    January 8, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    The Whiz kid, America’s Gov took a whiz on all 5 of you, what a Charlie Foxtrot. Amazing, can the Dems ever, ever not politicize something. You cretans, Pelosi’s House party is now sleeping with the Cheney’s.
    Delusional. LMMO, enjoy.

  • Beth

    January 8, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Ron helped encourage and continues to fully support a coup attempt against the government of the United States. He has betrayed his oath of office again and again. He does not believe in Democracy. He is a traitor to the United States and should be in jail. Supporting him or sending him money is equal to supporting the rise of Hitler.

    • zhombre

      January 8, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      LOL hysteria and hyperbole much?

    • Tom

      January 10, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      Full of manure Beth!

  • zhombre

    January 8, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    LOL hysteria and hyperbole much?

    • Frankie M.

      January 13, 2022 at 6:34 am


      • Tom

        January 13, 2022 at 7:58 pm

        4 dead, not so much.
        Left behind.

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