Jeanette Nuñez condemns ‘despicable’ Nikki Fried comparison of Ron DeSantis to Adolf Hitler

Jeanette Nunez
Republicans continue to condemn Fried's recent comments.

Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez on Sunday criticized Nikki Fried for comparing Ron DeSantis to Adolf Hitler, calling the comparison “despicable” and saying that “if it wasn’t so sad, it would be laughable.”

Nuñez appeared on “Fox and Friends,” when host Rachel Campos-Duffy asked the LG about the Agriculture Commissioner’s controversial comments from a radio interview on Friday.

“What we’ve seen in terms of her reference is that she is no student of history. Because Gov. DeSantis has stood strong on the side of freedom. He’s protected people’s liberties throughout this entire pandemic,” Nuñez said.

“And as it relates to our stands, Gov. DeSantis is the most pro-Israel governor in America. He has dedicated historic funding to protect Jewish day schools. He has fought the BDS movement and made sure companies like Ben & Jerry’s are held accountable. And he’s prioritized Holocaust survivors throughout this entire pandemic,”  Nuñez added.

“I don’t know what reference she’s referring to as it relates to Hitler, but it is a despicable reference, and it is sad,” Nuñez said. “Nikki, shame on you.”

Fried, who is a candidate for Governor, doubled down on her analogy when challenged.

“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.”

“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 added.

The Governor has not responded personally to the latest attack from Fried, but others have made their position clear.

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 Florida lawmaker.

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 FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


23 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    January 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Fried is completely out of her mind. She is not fit to be the Agriculture Commissioner and should be removed. Her campaign is falling apart. Her fund raising is a joke. She has used her position as AG Commissioner to further her political ambitions. Since the day she took office she has been running for Governor. Nikki, you stand no chance. Your political leanings should take you to NY or Kalifornia. That’s where your people reside.

  • Tom

    January 16, 2022 at 10:48 am

    As Lt Gov should along with any fair minded media outlet or organ should.

    Nikki Fraud is mentally ill. Florida Politics has perpetuated this hateful campaign from this junior college candidate. Something is wrong when someone pretends to run for office and can’t articulate 3 issues. Here persecution campaign of the Gov in hate, jealousy and pettiness is obviously a failure. Fraud needs a mental medical examination as “stalking” charges are appropriate.

    When the Governor provides greater individual and institutional freedom, led open schools, supports greater public school scholarships, refuses to allow school boards to dictate to parents and kids, supported Florida businesses and individual business people, defends life of unborn, defends religious institutions, and on. The Governor has specifically advocated policy and packaged it with legislative/legislature review and approval for law. That’s not a dictator.

    Nikki Fraud is an embarrassment and will lead Dems to political annihilation, she is a disaster.

    The media should be embarrassed with this nut case. There is no excuse for FP.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 16, 2022 at 10:55 am

      Nikki and the “fake scientist” Rebekah Jones are two peas in a pod. Funny how Rebekah gets no air time anymore and her friend Nikki is headed that same way.

  • Ron Ogden

    January 16, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Watching her political career blow up, Fried is descending into hysteria–a ridiculously bad look from someone who is trying to appeal to voters on grounds of her gender.

  • Jackie Russo

    January 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe Nikki needs to speak with any holocaust survivor..I am a Floridian love DeSantis…he is brave and follows the Constitution of the United States…we the people applaud him
    Take your liberal ways back to NY CA
    Any place but not here

    • Concern Citizen

      January 17, 2022 at 10:15 am

      Hitler created hate towards the Jewish population in Europe. DeSantis is creating a hateful and divisive position towards people that don’t agree with his policies. Different from Hitler, but hate is hate.

      • Andrew Finn

        January 17, 2022 at 10:42 am

        You got that right !! There is no cure for stupid !!

      • Maria

        January 28, 2022 at 12:39 am

        Examples of what he has done to spread hate… before spouting opinions you should have something to back them up. Waiting.

  • Alex

    January 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    He’s stood strong for “freedoms” neither he nor any of his followers can name, or show any rights they’ve lost.

    It’s pure propaganda to get the know nothings all fired up and angry, and it’s working.

    • Jagdar

      January 16, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      DeSantis cares only about the rights of *some* people – certainly not those of us who are susceptible to covid and can’t reasonably quarantine at home. He cares only about his base of anti-science, anti-vax, anti-max base

      • Maria

        January 28, 2022 at 1:06 am

        What would you have liked to see happen? People locked down for two years? Who would work to ship food to grocery stores, ship medicine, who would work at the pharmacies so you can get your meds? Grocery stores, Amazon warehouses and delivery so you can get your orders?
        So anyone who is at risk should be able to dictate how others live their lives and if they can make a living?

        You guys fight for vaccines-great. We have them for covid-excellent. But you can still get it from a vaxxed or unvaxxed person. So who are you trying to protect yourself from? I’m confused. So you feel like Desantis is endangering your life? How is that?
        Desantis is pretty much the first governor to offer free monoclonals and create actual sites where you can go. I had them and I believe they helped me get thru a very bad case of covid last yr. He moved very fast to get those facilities up and running and free to the public! Early treatment does save lives. Moncolonals were recommended as treament for covid back in mid 2020 by fda scientists who were demonized by faucci and other certain “politicians” and subsequently fired for spreading “misinformation.” Fast forward to mid 2021 and all of the sudden faucci says ” we can start offering monoclonals that “we are seeing good results” after he allowed thousands to die without treament and now all the sudden monoclonals are ok and no longer a conspiracy theory spread by patriot terrorists. Ok….. Well that was bc desantis went ahead and offered them despite all the rhetoric therefore faucci and Biden could no longer deny the positive results they were seeing .
        Desantis has been pushing them hard. We have never had an illness in the history of this country where it is offensive to discuss early treatment. Ok so let’s tell people to only get help when they cant breathe! Dont go to the hospital unless you cannot breathe. That is completely insane and inhumane. Yes that’s what they were saying in 2020 and 2021 but Desantis had been saying that if people can get treament when they first get covid maybe we can avoid hospitalizations.

        My husband had covid last yr and he was one of those people who didnt get help until he could not breathe. Was in hospital for 6 weeks. He is very fragile and has damage to his lungs now. He wears a mask at work and still caught a cold from another employee who is also required to wear a mask. (And We are Floridians) what is he supposed to do? Attack his coworker for working with a cold bc my husband is fragile and has a poor immune system now? Should we expect everyone to stop their lives because of our circumstances? I think not. If you’re that fragile file for disability or get a job where you can work from home. Stay home 24/7 and order everything online. Dont see any human being ever again. That is your choice. No one is stopping you. The rest of is still have to work and live.

  • Concern Citizen

    January 16, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    He’s protected people’s liberties throughout this entire pandemic,” Núñez said. (Joseph Goebbels propaganda techniques?)
    63,138Floridians have lost their lives to Covid. How many of these deaths could have been prevented if DeSantis had better policies toward the prevention of Covid?
    He will blame people such as President Biden and Dr. Fauci for not doing enough but he will NOT support their attempts to prevent the spread of Covid. If anything, he is creating barriers with lies and misinformation that run contrary to their attempts to stop Covid.
    The cry of “Give Me Liberty (freedom) Or Give Me Death” has taken on a new meaning in Florida

    • Alex

      January 16, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      Let’s Go Darwin!!

      • Tom

        January 16, 2022 at 4:05 pm

        You all, Alex, non concerned, jagdar, peter h and other Manchurians are just as disturbed as Nikki Fraud. Fraud needs mental evaluation as do the above.

        Alex, you really need to stop lying. I outlined the freedoms that Americas Governor ensures. You can continue to whine that it’s not true, it is. Other tyrannical blue state Dums have eliminated freedoms. Governor Ron has expanded them. You can shout all you want but you are just a corrupt socialist liar.

        Nikki Fraud needs to be charged with stalking” offense as she is mentally ill. She is gross and insanely jealous of the Governor.

        No one can defend 3 issues about her. She had no class, dignity or professionalism. Florida politics has mislead the public bout her and is clearly advocating for her. It won’t matter. She will bring electoral disaster to the Dums. Enjoy.

    • Andrew Finn

      January 17, 2022 at 10:47 am

      You are so right. Only 5 million cases and only 63,000 deaths here because of the “Florida Fuhrer”. —— Are we loving that “freedom” yet ??

      • Tom

        January 18, 2022 at 9:26 pm

        Biden 450,000 Covid perished
        Fauci 850,000 Covid perished
        Buy you A holes have the nerve to mention Gov. Shove it up your ass Andrew Finn, you dumb ass. Your garbage like the rest of you Manchurians.
        Nikki Fraud is a mental case stalker. You, Alex, peter h, Concerned citizen, Frankie, J D, wanda, others are disgraceful.
        DeSantis is America’s Governor, the best. He will bust your balls! Fraud is a mental case.

    • Maria

      January 28, 2022 at 1:20 am

      So who is responsible for deaths in NY and california – two states that have very extreme measures to “protect” the public from covid.. how about England who had very extreme measures more so than even NY. People still died at astronomical rates. Who do you need to blame for that? NY, Michigan, California and other states I believe have had more deaths than Florida. But even if they had 100 less who is to blame for those numbers? With their strict measures who would you need to blame then? This is just political for you. You’re a democrat. You hate all Republicans and this is why you’re blaming desantis and making crazy comparisons. Do you know anything about the Holocaust? I would venture no.. did you ever read the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich? Or the book “Night” by Eli Weisel who was a survivor? Have you met any survirors? Desantis is NOTHING like Goebels or Hitler. A great quote for this type of inflammatory language you are using is this:
      ” When debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.” It is fine if you dont like Desantis politics but at least give some concrete examples as to why. Insulting and comparing him to murderers is just silly.

  • Wanda

    January 16, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    DeathDesantis is a want to be dictator just like the orange Julius trump he is just like Hitler she hit the nail on the head vote blue get rid of the low IQ nut job Ron the pig vomit🤮💩

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    January 17, 2022 at 7:40 am

    The responses from the far left lunatics speak for themselves. But the Jewish Democrats are silent. A Shanda

  • Michael Paris

    January 17, 2022 at 9:03 am

    My God, she is totally done. Her lobbyist boyfriend who beat her up and then “gifted” a house to her must have further scrambled her brain. She has failed miserably as AG commissioner and has surrounded herself with morons. She is an idiot and unhinged. Anti-Semitism is rampant with the left. More Jews need to see that democrats have facilitated the current rise in anti-Semitism.

  • It’s Complicated

    January 17, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Too many bong hits for Nikki. Of course, it’s hyperbole. The sad part about these sort of inappropriate ‘grasping for straws’ comparisons is that it diminishes the horrific and monstrous acts of Hitler, and (believe it or not) MANY voters have no idea what Hitler actually did.

  • Andrew Finn

    January 17, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Oh boy !!!!!! Now people are upset because Nikki Fried is “picking on” our “Florida Fuhrer” aka Emperor DeSantis ?? Hopefully, by this time next year ANYBODY else will be the “governor elect” and the Florida Fuhrer will be the “governor eject” !!!!!! Vote for Fried, or Crist, or anybody else who runs against that jackass so Florida can be done with him.

    • Tom

      January 18, 2022 at 9:27 pm

      Finn see my above note to you.!!

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