Nikki Fried’s latest Ron DeSantis attack spotlights Alex Jones endorsement
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Fried.

DeSantis Fried
The company you keep? Fried presses guilt-by-association case on the Governor.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried still has a Democratic Primary ahead of her in the Governor’s race, but she’s already sharpening her General Election message against incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The latest example: a fundraising email from Team Nikki, spotlighting enthusiasm from far-right media personality Alex Jones for the Republican incumbent.

Jones has said DeSantis was “better than (Donald) Trump,” an endorsement that did not go unnoticed by Fried’s team.

“Ron DeSantis has always kept questionable company. So it’s not surprising that just last week, Alex Jones called DeSantis ‘better than Trump’ and gave DeSantis his full support,” the email asserts.

Absent, however, is any sign DeSantis’ team courted or accepted such support. Florida Politics reached out to the DeSantis campaign for a reaction on the endorsement, but the Governor’s office has not yet replied.

Regardless, the Fried team is trying to push a connection. The communique reminded readers of Jones’ skepticism about whether or not there were indeed mass murders in Parkland and Sandy Hook in recent years, including an assertion that survivors of the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were “crisis actors.”

“In short, if you’re looking for a radical, far-right, white supremacist nutjob, Alex Jones is your man. And now, he’s throwing his weight behind DeSantis,” the campaign email contends.

“This is DeSantis’ plan — buddy up to far-right figureheads like Alex Jones, pass dangerous, authoritarian policies that hurt Florida families, and ride the wave of MAGA money all the way to the White House in 2024, leaving us to clean up the mess he’s made,” the pitch continues, closing with an appeal to “chip in” $20 or some other small-dollar amount.

The Fried campaign email referred to a segment Jones recorded in late March, which was curated and transcribed by the left-of-center watchdog group Media Matters. Jones called himself a “shock trooper” as he lionized Gov. DeSantis and Tucker Carlson of Fox News.

“I’ve gone from liking DeSantis to loving DeSantis … and now he’s got my full backing. He’s the real deal, he’s better than Trump. I’m not trying to pick favorites here. I want Trump to get jealous and become more like DeSantis. We all need to be more like DeSantis. He’s a gentleman, he’s smart, he’s a family man, he’s a patriot, he’s a veteran, he is our leader,” Jones enthused.

“I mean, if you want to know about who’s leading the fight against the new world order, it’s Tucker Carlson and it’s DeSantis, who are classy men that are gentlemen, that really care about everybody that I would say are the best examples of leadership in America. It’s DeSantis and Tucker Carlson,” he added.

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


12 comments

  • Fred Williams

    April 8, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    When can we discuss Commissioner Fried unlawfully maintaining a Florida concealed carry license?
    Commissioner Fried has publicly stated she uses medical marijuana. Unfortunately the federal government does not recognize the legitimacy of medical marijuana legalization, and considers any one who uses marijuana, including medical marijuana, “unlawful users of controlled substance” who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms (18 USC 922 g 3). Florida law says that persons prohibited from purchasing firearms are not eligible to obtain (FSS 790.06(2)( n )) or maintain (FSS 790.06(10)(a)) a concealed carry license. Commissioner Fried ignores these laws, which her office is directly in charge of, and continues to hold her own license.

    • Steve

      April 9, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      Suddenly, folks like you are not “states’ rights” folks??? You seem to have forgotten that we amended the state constitution to allow for medical marijuana–along with numerous other states. Guess that’s one of those “when convenient” laws that the Right loves so much, like, it’s ok to shoot somebody if they throw popcorn at you .

  • PeterH

    April 8, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Ugh! Master conspiracy theorist Alex Jones! Next, DeSantis will get an endorsement from Matt Gaetz!

    • Matthew Lusk

      April 8, 2022 at 12:24 pm

      Or Matt Lusk.

      • Matthew Lusk

        April 8, 2022 at 12:26 pm

        And don’t call me a conspiracy theorist. I’m a conspiracy exposer. God Bless all the patriots.

  • Zhombre

    April 8, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    DeSantis is not endorsing Jones, nor is he getting endorsements from the Lincoln Project scumbags like Rick Wilson, PeterH’s idol. DeSantis will be re-elected.

    • Mother Superior Bumpers, Bishop Mansfield Academy For The Endowed

      April 9, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      Dear Mister Zombie Hombre, you make a very good point in pointing out that “DeSantis is not endorsing Jones,” and for that I would pat you on your pointy little head. However, one must point out as well that the sin of omission is lurking in the shadows: Mister DeSantis has not condemned Alex Jones, has not dismissed the support of Alex Jones, has not said anything that might upset the mutual supporters of Mister Alex Jones and himself.

      And that final oomph of yours, where you finally set that stubborn turd of yours free? Well, Mister Zombie Hombre, that is just a pitiful plop of a finale: “DeSantis will be re-elected.” Plop! George Corley Wallace won four terms as Governor of Alabama, but that did not make him a winner in history nor a man of honor.

      Bless your heart.

      • Impeach Biden

        April 9, 2022 at 12:32 pm

        I guess Mother Superior would have preferred the coke snorting and god knows what Gillum would do to those male prostitutes as Governor. That would be a major turd to flush Mother Superior and thank God the fine people of flushed that moron. This state is so much better off with DeSantis as Governor. I’ll pray for your lost soul Mother Superior.😜

        • Zhombre

          April 9, 2022 at 1:32 pm

          Dear Mother Superior: Fricative that rhymes with luck you. Go excommunicate yourself.

        • tom palmer

          April 9, 2022 at 1:40 pm

          Actually a lot of people would have preferred Gwen Graham, but the GOP seems to have put a ringer in the race to further split the vote that allowed the result we got.

          • Andrew Gillum

            April 9, 2022 at 5:13 pm

            We have a real leader in the state of Florida. DeSantis is smart and doesn’t allow the liberal media to bully him. Look at our state. This is a very desirable place to live. If you own a house here, wow!! Thanks to DeSantis, he kept our state open and didn’t allow the midget, Fauci, to shut us down. Love my Governor

          • Impeach Biden

            April 9, 2022 at 5:26 pm

            Gwen Graham? Why, because she is the daughter of Bob Graham? What is she some sort of royalty? No, your Democrat friends spoke loud and clear. They wanted the drug addict and male prostitute living community organizer of Tallahassee. Thank God DeSantis won.

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