Nikki Fried compares Ron DeSantis’s leadership with rise of Adolf Hitler
Conflict for Governor, Commish.

DeSantis Fried 3.25.21
Fried made the comments Friday on statewide radio.

In a radio interview Friday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried drew parallels between Gov. Ron DeSantis and German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Fried, who was being interviewed on NPR’s Florida Roundup, called DeSantis an “authoritarian” before advancing the comparison between the Florida Governor and the leader of the Nazi Party.

“Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he’s trying to govern over the people. And that, I’m sorry, I’m a student of history too. I saw the rise of Hitler. I learned those stories,” Fried said.

When asked if she was comparing DeSantis to Hitler, Fried stood her ground.

“In a lot of ways, yes,” Fried told interviewer Melissa Ross. “I have studied Hitler and how he got to power. Wanting his own militia. Having his own army.”

Fried referred to a proposal to revive the Florida State Guard, an auxiliary force at the Governor’s command in emergencies, to take pressure off the National Guard. More than 20 other states have a state-controlled defense force.

Fried asserted the militia concept was “different” in Florida than in other states because “this Governor’s using it for the sole purposes of power.”

“And in doing so to make fear, to instill that, to blame people for what is happening in their lives, blaming certain parts of our society and our culture, and that’s exactly what Hitler did to Jews back in World War II.”

Fried discounted a question about whether she was in danger of invoking Godwin’s Law by saying “not at all.”

“Do I think that we’re going to get to the extent of Hitler’s power? Of course not. But the rise of his power and what he did to scapegoat certain parts, especially the Jewish community in Germany, and how he utilized going after the media, going after and scapegoating people and blaming people and putting fear and taking over the military, that’s what this Governor is doing,” Fried said.

Gubernatorial press secretary Christina Pushaw condemned Fried’s analogy Friday,

If we had an honest media instead of DNC stenographers, reporters would be criticizing Nikki Fried‘s dishonest and offensive claim that Gov. DeSantis is the modern Hitler. Such a comparison trivializes Hitler’s crimes against humanity. This is not funny; it’s sick,” Pushaw tweeted.

By Saturday afternoon, the first Republican call for Fried to step down came from a state legislator.

As a Jew, I am repulsed by Nikki Fried comparing (Gov. DeSantis) to Hitler. No Governor has done more to help Jews in their state than Gov. DeSantis. She needs to disavow her repugnant anti-Semitism — or resign,” tweeted Rep. Randy Fine.

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


  • Tom

    January 15, 2022 at 11:24 am

    One liberal extreme scream antic after another.
    Will FP walk away or continue to encourage to cover this extremism. Shameful, how despicable will this trailer park person engage in.

    • Concern Citizen

      January 15, 2022 at 11:52 am

      She may be correct. Looks like DeSantis and Christina Pushaw are using pages from Paul Joseph Goebbels playbook. When your audience is not fond of critical thinking, it is a playbook that can be effective.

      • PeterH

        January 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm

        One of Goebbel’s playbook strategies …… modeled by Donald Trump and his band of followers like DeSantis ….. is to endlessly repeat the same lie until the lie becomes irrelevant and people believe the lie.

        • Alex

          January 15, 2022 at 12:39 pm

          Two of DeFascists old pals look like they might be key players in the 1/6 treason.

          Meadows & Jordan both are original members f the Freedom Caucus kooks, and so is our freak of a governor.

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        • Impeach Biden

          January 15, 2022 at 3:36 pm

          Kind of like this: There is no problem on the Southern Border. There is no problem on the Southern Border. There is no problem on the Southern Border.

          • Walpurgis

            January 15, 2022 at 5:15 pm

            Yup, that’ll put a brain between trump’s ears all right! Suddenly, wonderfully and magically! Hahahahaha

          • Trump was Impeached Twice for Good Reasons

            January 20, 2022 at 7:21 am

            Thanks for contributing exactly nothing, just like MAGA did. Just lies, insults, and pure ignorance disguised as opinions. Yes we all can have an opinion, but most right wing ones are below a 5th grade level in logic. The ones that aren’t are better executed by the more liberal approach.

  • Don’t Look Up

    January 15, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Breaking News:

    Justice Department arrested another Trump supporter “Proud” Boy here in Florida this week.


    DirectTV has just dropped Trump’s favorite venue OAN. Fios is also considering dumping OAN fake news. OAN readership is now reported to be 14,000 per day.

  • Alex

    January 15, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Yep, he’s a Fascist.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 15, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      Nikki Fraud is nothing but a loud mouth liberal hack. Her days are numbered. Her fund raising is almost nonexistent. So here are the anti DeSantis supporters with their standard he’s a racist, fascist, idiot and on and on. All they have is name calling because DeSantis is truly a great Governor of the State of Florida.

      • Alex

        January 15, 2022 at 12:33 pm

        Aaaw, did you get triggered little loser?

        • Impeach Biden

          January 15, 2022 at 12:45 pm

          There he is Alex the blow hard with his standard talk down. I’m not going away. I will be here to call out your BS.

          • Alex

            January 15, 2022 at 12:52 pm


            All you do is follow me around like a puppy and insult.

            Never anything about issues.

            Because you’re a loser.

      • Impeach Biddn

        January 15, 2022 at 1:33 pm

        After reviewing the thread. I did not address you, it was you with the triggered comment. I guess that makes you my lap dog. Now go get me a beer you liberal hack. 🤣

        • Alex

          January 15, 2022 at 1:55 pm

          You replied to me loser.

          Owned again.


          • Impeach Biden

            January 15, 2022 at 1:59 pm

            Owned? You own nothing you liberal hack. Now get me that beer out of your momma’s fridge. You still living in her basement?

        • Alex

          January 15, 2022 at 2:19 pm

          Little puppy barks!

          So cute.

      • Concern Citizen

        January 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm

        Impeach Biden… name calling and vitriol comments are the hateful and childish attacks that you use when someone does not agree with you. DeSantis is NOT an idiot, he is a man without a moral compass.

        • Impeach Biden

          January 15, 2022 at 2:53 pm

          I guess childish comments and negative attacks are allowed by one side only.

          • Alex

            January 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm

            ..and back to victimhood.

            Puppy needs a nappy.

          • Concern Citizen

            January 15, 2022 at 3:22 pm

            Interesting that you did NOT comment on “he is a man without a moral compass”.

        • Impeach Biden

          January 15, 2022 at 3:03 pm

          Comparing Pushaw to Goebbel is not childish or hateful?

          • Alex

            January 15, 2022 at 3:07 pm

            And there’s the victim mentality.

            Right on cue.

          • Impeach Biden

            January 15, 2022 at 3:10 pm

            The victim, race, and quota card is played by your side. I can handle myself just fine.

          • Concern Citizen

            January 15, 2022 at 3:14 pm

            No. Look at their propaganda methods. Goebbel would be proud. Look at Karma’s comment below. There are many examples to demonstrate their attempts to create an agenda that supports the 5 points Karma mentioned. Want more … follow Pushaw on Twitter if you want to read hateful and divisive tweets.

          • Alex

            January 15, 2022 at 3:22 pm

            Barking is all you have little puppy.

      • Walpurgis

        January 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm

        A Governor so great that he ordered Florida state flags at half staff for F. Limbaugh. Understandable, as he is reliant on the “dumb ‘em down, rile ‘em up” tactic as employed by the late king of right wing hair-on-fire media.

  • Antonio

    January 15, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    “Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he’s trying to govern over the people. And that, I’m sorry, I’m a student of history too. I saw the rise of Hitler. I learned those stories,” Fried said.

    That is practically what every lockdown state governor did, but sure, the guy that allows freedom of choice is the Nazi. Obviously, our 220,000 new residents must not think Desantis is a Nazi, otherwise they wouldn’t have moved here.

    • Concern Citizen

      January 15, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Did 22,000 Nazi’s just moved to Florida? Now I know why DeSantis doesn’t call out the Proud Boy for their >>>>> Antisemitism position.

      • Concern Citizen

        January 15, 2022 at 2:32 pm

        OOPS! . 220,000 Nazi.

      • Antonio

        January 15, 2022 at 4:02 pm

        I wouldn’t know how many Nazi’s moved to Florida, but I do know that 220,000 citizens that likely don’t think of Desantis as a Nazi DID move here in the last 18 months or so.

  • Old Voter

    January 15, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Miss Fried’s comprehension of history is frightening for a person previously assumed to be well educated. Her comparisons of a murderous dictator to a conservative Governor reflect her desperation with her failing campaign. She seems to have no boundaries of decency.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 15, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      She has had no decency since she became the Agriculture Commissioner. Her days are numbered. Her fundraising is abysmal. I’m not even sure MSNBC will put her on tv anymore.

  • Charles

    January 15, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    AG – are you related to Niki Freed, or involved with someone on her staff. You seem
    to do a abnormal number of reports on her. Just wondering

    • Impeach Biden

      January 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      I’m thinking A.G. is on her communication team. Fraud pays him by the ounce. 🤣

      • Concern citizens

        January 15, 2022 at 2:39 pm

        Interesting. AG also does more reports on DeSantis than Fried. Hmm?

  • Zhombre

    January 15, 2022 at 1:27 pm


  • Karma Zappati

    January 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Let me see if I got this right—The mental midget…oops “student of history” comparing her opponent to Hitler, because he is not enforcing totalitarian measures like vaccine passports, mandated medical procedures, closing businesses… etc and letting everyone make their own decisions about their own lives?
    here is something from a real “student of history”
    It Didn’t Start With Gas Chambers
    It Started With
    One Party – Controlling Media & Message
    One Party – Deciding what is Truth
    One Party – Censoring Speech
    One Party – Silencing Opposition
    One Party – Dividing Citizens Through Nonstop Propaganda Into US & THEM
    It Started When Good People Turned A Blind Eye & Let It Happen

    • Concern Citizen

      January 15, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      A perfect description of what DeSantis, and Pushaw are attempting to do. Before, I forget, did DeSantis state if he had a Covid vaccinations as requested by Donald Trump on Tuesday.

      • Antonio

        January 15, 2022 at 3:57 pm

        How are they attempting to that? Please explain, as they are literally staying out of the citizens’ way and letting them make their own choices.

      • Karma Zappati

        January 15, 2022 at 6:41 pm

        “perfect description of what DeSantis, and Pushaw are attempting to do”— really?
        So, according to your ilk letting everyone do their own thing when it comes to their body or their business is now the definition of a dictator ( Hitler if you are Fried)

    • tom palmer

      January 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm

      Sounds like Christine Pshaw alright

  • stephen richard babcock

    January 15, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    fried is unqualified to run a lemonade stand

  • Tom

    January 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    All the Manchurians who replied, concerned Citizen, Alex, don’t look up, peter h, Antonio and other haters are demented sick bastards.

    Niki Fraud is a trailer park bench, used by all.
    It is despicable that FP continues to highlight and provide a forum to this ugly extremism. Gov Ron has done nothing to be treated this way. She set up that fake protest last week, she was one of the first to complain cause he wasn’t out during the holidays, she used a fake federal test issue as a fake topic, she now stoops to the scum of the gutter with the Hitler stuff. It is despicable as she is a mentally ill person. Nikki Frauds hate and pathetic jealousy of the Governor has turned into stalker situation. She never discusses issues. None.
    What’s even worse is the hater manchurians follow her. You sick bastards can go to hell.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 15, 2022 at 3:52 pm


      • Concern Citizen

        January 15, 2022 at 4:21 pm

        Sick bastards. Nice. Back to name calling. Has Ron reply to trumps request if he had a Covid vaccinations?

        • Tom

          January 15, 2022 at 5:10 pm

          Go F” your self you pathetic human.
          Who do you think you are non concerned, illegal citizen.
          Governor Ron doesn’t have to answer to you or anyone else. You act like a smart ass, you are just a dumb ass.

          • PeterH

            January 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm

            Name calling is all you have left. No facts. No links to the truth. Just a constant flow of fake news that you and your clone Impeach Biden spew 24-7. What’s next? Personal threats?

          • Tom

            January 15, 2022 at 8:23 pm

            You are not worth a personal threat peter h. You are the most ignorant, two faced, hypocrite and racist being.
            You lie bout illegal immigration, you lie bout tax cuts, you lie on Covid and other things. You support, come from Lincoln predator Org, a racist Org. Youngkin in V A was sworn in today, Northam the black face Dem Gov is out. You advocate extremism on all issues. Furthermore, you have no knowledge or understanding. You, Alex, Frankie and others engage in liberal folly. You use fake information to perpetuate your liberal garbage. You are like Nikki Fraud, just trailer park. You love to ridicule in your smug arrogant manner, you offer nothing, you know nothing, do nothing. Just a weasel. Your incompetent Biden and Harris have destroyed America. Empty food stores you PUD. Supply ships, 120 stacked in the harbor. No Covid tests, no new therapeutics, no new vaccines. Bare shelves Biden.

            Go figure you idiot. You are a joke peter h Elmo. Despicable all of you.

          • Concern Citizen

            January 16, 2022 at 7:29 am

            Thank you for your kind words.

          • Concern Citizen

            January 16, 2022 at 7:37 am

            So our governor doesn’t have to answer to the citizens of Florida. I guess transparency is characteristic he can not take credit for. What is Ron DeSantis hiding from the good citizens of Florida? From Trump?

    • Ocean Joe

      January 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      Legend Tom, do you ever absorb or actually read others’ comments? Antonio is on “your’ side. You’re welcome.
      You seem to be angry today, hope you feel better tomorrow.

  • Don’t Look Up

    January 15, 2022 at 4:10 pm


    Trump – DeSantis terror supporters have taken FOUR HOSTAGES at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville Texas.

    FBI has identified the terrorist because the Synagogue was live streaming services.

    • Tom

      January 15, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      You mental degenerate “don’t look”, Trump protected and brought more peace to Israel, compared to any president in past 50 years. You are an idiot! The mental aptitude of the Dumcrats supported by FP is 5 yrs old. Waste product. Dumb ass.
      You are ignorant and stupid, you get daily double!

      • Don’t Look Up

        January 15, 2022 at 5:20 pm

        It doesn’t change the fact that this hostage taker loves Trump and would vote for DeSantis.

        Don’t look up Tom….. you might see reality hit you right over the head.

      • Tom is An Ignornat POS

        January 20, 2022 at 7:30 am

        Be glad you’re safe on the Internet you loud mouthed pile of garbage. Scum like you are everything wrong with this country. You’re too f*cking stupid to know how stupid you are. And a wimpy little clamslit. Probably another Zimmerman who can’t handle themselves so they bring a gun everywhere so the “blacks” don’t get them, then plead they were scared because they are the “tough ones”. The right wing of today are the biggest bunch of pu$$ies ever in this country. we can’t get rid of you morons fast enough. STFU and GFY

        • Tom

          January 20, 2022 at 2:15 pm

          Reply to Scum bag, go lick your brothers balls.
          You can’t take issue with anything outlined and I provide plenty of truth.
          Go lay down on Nikki Frauds trailer park bench.
          Anytime you want to meet pal just let know your pile of PUD. Manchurians like you are done a dozen.
          You scum elites love to dish it out but you can’t take it. Nikki Fraud , Joe Biden are uniquely incompetent. Are your feelings hurt! Go lick! Kiss my ass. America’s Governor is the best!

    • Karma Zappati

      January 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

      @Don’t Look Up
      So the hostage-taker is demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani who was convicted of trying to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan – “Definitely” DeSantis supporter(sarcasm)
      Next time before you decide to post something, remember this old proverb:
      It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool than to talk and remove all doubt of it.

  • Tineseley

    January 15, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Nikki, all but buried her future political career. Bye, Bye, brandon jr.

  • Ocean Joe

    January 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Good to see Randy Fine take a break from tormenting and stalking that school board member, and back to reminding us that the GOP’s idea of a big tent is to welcome the skinheads, Aryan Nation types, and so many far righters. Their hatred of Blacks is generally only exceeded by their anti-semitism. Charlottesville (“Jews will not replace us”); Camp Auschwitz tee shirt at the Jan 6 riot: prompts Trump to say: “there are many fine people on both sides”; and “You’re special, we love you.”
    Our friend Pushaw only recently dragged her Rothschild trope out of a dusty drawer. Nikki Fried happens to be Jewish (another reason for certain types to go after her), she can say what she likes about Hitler, I tend to think both Trump and Desantis are more like Mussolini than Hitler, both swaggering blowhards.

    • Tom

      January 15, 2022 at 8:39 pm

      Joe. I don’t care who is what, you don’t get go call someone Hitler cause you don’t like them. She Fried is mentally ill. She’s turned into a stalker. Not one substantive topic comes from her on any topic. She’s constantly stating the most extreme things. FP should be a ashamed, constantly feeding this meaningless garbage. I defy any of you to name 3 issues she articulates. She just hates on DeSantis. She’s a stalker. To attack him being Hitler or frankly Mussolini is just wrong. Enough.

      He’s advocated and articulated positions, he’s encouraged the Legislature to pass and sign bills into law. That’s the democratic process on how law passes. That’s not a dictator.
      My gosh.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 15, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      Hey Ocean,

      I get the discrimination look every day from BLM supporters. Not all but many. They won’t acknowledge or even look me in the eye. Yet I’m the one that is racist as a white man. I treat everyone the same, black, yellow, green, gay. I don’t care. If you are a good person then we are good. Don’t judge me by my skin color and I won’t judge yours.

  • Ed

    January 15, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    So that’s what DeSantis wants: to establish the Florida Brownshirts!
    We need someone like Nikki, whose study of history puts the spotlght on a would-be Hitler. Only she can reverse Florida’s dark descent.
    But can we afford to wait another year? President Biden should take action to remove DeSantis now.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 15, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Biden needs to remove himself and his clueless sidekick. Putin is poking that incoherent and dementia ridden goofball Commander in Chief. He doesn’t fear “Sleepy” and knows that Biden is a cognitive disaster. We need real leadership. 2022 and 2024 can’t come soon enough.

    • Karma Zappati

      January 15, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      @Ed: She is an intellectually inhibited dimwit
      And anyone supporting her is an emotionally incontinent, mental midget
      A State Defense Force (SDF) is a state militia under the command of the chief executive of that state only. Twenty-three states in America have some kind of SDF, and ALL STATES have laws allowing one. Whether they call it state guards, state military reserves, or state militias, they are not a part of the National Guard of that state and only partially regulated by the federal government and cannot come under federal control.
      State Defense Forces have assisted in many disaster-related capacities
      Staes with ACTIVE SDF
      New Mexico
      New York
      Puerto Rico
      Rhode Island
      South Carolina

  • Tom Jones

    January 16, 2022 at 10:06 am

    She sounds as intelligent as AOC. I certainly hope Desantis can successfully navigate around her. I would love to see them debate. LOL. Wait for it…soon it will be “maybe the FL male politicians are just projecting their sexual frustration towards her…” LOL

  • LoonyAnti-Leftist

    January 16, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Do you extremist left wing losers who come here to spew hate actually mean to tell me that DeSantis, a US Navy Veteran and Ivy League educated lawyer, who passionately advocates for personal freedom and choice for Floridians, is the equivalent to Hitler? Hitler?! The most evil man to live in generations? Hitler clearly did not believe in personal choices and freedom. Ie: Papers to permit travel, prohibition on Jews and other groups to shop, travel, own a business, go to school, etc etc.. (not to mention the mass execution of tens of millions of Jews). In your small minds you think Ron is like Hitler? You lunatics should open a book. Spoiler alert: You wont like the ending. People like Nikki are spewing hate and are so desperate to score political points… Here is another spoiler alert: The side to compare their opponent to Hitler is a loser in terms of political acheivments.

    • Tjb

      January 17, 2022 at 10:34 am

      Loony … perhaps Nikki was praising DeSantis.
      … don’t forget, our great President, Donald J Trump stated that Hitler did a lot of good things.

  • Karma Zappati

    January 17, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Are you talking about Michael Bender’s new book that is wildly asserting anything & everything Trump supposedly said?
    Within the pages of that book, there are all kinds of outlandish claims about Trump & what he allegedly said
    There is just one problem with it…

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