‘Evil,’ ‘authoritarian dictator’: Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried blast Ron DeSantis
The national Democratic Party insists it’s not writing off Florida — but few are convinced.

Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist
Rebekah Jones then used an expletive to describe DeSantis.

Gloves came off in Orlando Wednesday as Democratic gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried tore into Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“This Governor is out of his mind,” Crist, the Congressman from St. Petersburg said of DeSantis.

“Evil,” he added.

“Authoritarian dictator,” Agriculture Commissioner Fried insisted.

Crist and Fried joined other Democratic candidates and office holders, and progressive activists at a “Remove Ron” rally, organized by Gen-Z for Change, on a rainy afternoon on the steps of Orlando City Hall.

One speaker after another, including congressional candidates Maxwell Alejandro Frost of Orlando and Rebekah Jones of Gulf Breeze and state Rep. Anna V. Eskamani of Orlando railed against DeSantis’ policies on gay rights, guns, abortion, race relations, voting, women, health care, mental health funding, climate change, environmental protection and other issues.

They also — especially Crist, Fried and Jones — attacked DeSantis personally, denouncing both his mental state and character.

Rivals Crist and Fried applauded one another while they did so.

“He’s out of his mind. He lost his mind,” Crist said. “Or, it may be worse.”

DeSantis, he suggested, appears to be smart enough to know what he’s been doing, in Crist’s words, trading Florida’s well-being for a White House run.

“That makes him evil,” Crist said. “This is good versus evil in this election.”

Not to be topped, Fried said she had been the first to call DeSantis an “authoritarian dictator” the way he forced his political agenda onto the Legislature, the Supreme Court of Florida and Floridians. She said she’s sticking to that assessment after this year’s Legislative Session and Special Sessions.

“He may be our problem today. But he is the country’s problem in 2024 if we don’t stop him here today,” Fried said.

“A Governor is supposed to bring people together, not divide us; talk about the issues that impact the people of our state, not create these ‘culture wars,'” she added. “We know we can do better than that.”

Jones had personal battles with DeSantis — which in many ways are ongoing — after she was fired from the Department of Health in 2020. She charged that DeSantis and his appointees were trying to manipulate COVID-19 data to downplay the pandemic. That allegation led to a long, vicious war of words and actions in and out of court between Jones and DeSantis and his team.

Last week, the state Inspector General wrapped up a probe concluding that her allegations were “unsubstantiated” or “unfounded.” Jones dismissed that finding as an expected and meaningless result of an inside investigation.

She’s now running for Congress in Florida’s 1st Congressional District. She joined the Gen-Z For Change rally in Orlando, and let loose on the Governor and what she called “a corrupt regime.”

“DeSantis is going to answer for what he did to us, when I take his lying a** to court to answer to all of his crimes under oath,” she vowed. “He won’t be able to run and hide. He won’t be able to threaten his way out. He will lose.”

“Together, we’re going to take down the son of a b*tch,” Jones said.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


45 comments

  • Tom

    June 1, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Good going Scott and FP.
    Hopefully Peter S and Joe H will make a copy of this Adam Schiff on a stick.

    How much venom of hate will FP tolerate in a story? How many different ways can these incompetents be allowed to abuse someone in public discourse. Chameleon crisp is a flip flopper sell out. Fraud is an extremist who crawls on the ground. It is interesting that Rebekah Jones was included. She has proven to be a psycho nut case. Calling her a liar is a understatement.

    Scurrilous, despicable, demented and hateful bastards, all three!

    America’s Governor has saved Florida from the type of blue state tyrants. They make home look moderate. Florida’s economy, schools, jobs, opportunity, peacefulness, environment, and most importantly people know that Gov Ron is on there side! DeSantis is rising tide for all, not a few!

    God Bless America’s Gov, First Lady Casey and the children. This is what happens happens when you stand up front and center to these un cultural extremist ingrates and oggers.

    Pathetic. Gov Ron wins bigly!

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    • Will soon

      June 7, 2022 at 5:59 am

      Hey Casey cancer got you yet? Lol

  • Matt

    June 1, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Wow. Crust and Fried have lost their minds. They sound like little children.

    • Bill

      June 3, 2022 at 8:45 am

      You’re not wrong. The Republican playbook of insults and ad hominem attacks really isn’t a good look.

  • Suzanne Keppler

    June 1, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    GOVENOR charlie Christ was the best GOVENOR of Florida he always cared about the public in Florida we need him back GOVENOR RON DESANTIS does not care about the public we have very high inflation and we are starving he refuses federal emergency foodstamps allotment to help the whole public in Florida not even a stimulas to help and would not sign the bill for rent control and messed up Disney and all these other bad laws about the public we have an emergency and he will not even try to help the children or public with extra FOODSTAMPS we need help it’s bad in Florida he will not even help FIXXED INCOME LOW INCOME no income people we are struggling in Florida he says the virus over but not true our family got COVID he said take off your masks if not he saw kids wearing it in school then would not sign for emergency foodstamps allotment snap told him that there are over 20 MILLION Children out there starving he told snap he hates children it was on the snap site I read it I could not believe it he’s the worse GOVENOR

    • Tom

      June 1, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      Parthetic liar, no such truths Suzanne.
      Everyone is receiving food stamps.
      Everyone is receiving health care.
      Gov and legislature increased housing expenses starting in July. More to follow with new budget.

      You are crazy thinking that chameleon was the best Gov. He a con chameleon. He tells everybody what they want to hear. It’s called political hypocrisy. He flips like a fish gasping for last breath.

      The inflation you idiot is from Biden. He’s at 35% in Florida approval. He’s below 50% in 46 states, he’s a 100 PF anchor on Nikki Fraud, Chameleon crispy and Dum Dum Demings!

      Florida has the best Governor, best economy, lowest unemployment and best future with Gov Ron. Period!

      You are scurrilous, and despicable like the the above 3 gross beings. You got no issues.

      DeSantis will win with 54%!

      • Martha Meyers

        June 2, 2022 at 2:37 pm

        I would almost believe your arguments, if you they not so full of bile and hatred. Name calling is generally reserved for elementary school children. It greatly diminishes your talking points.

        • Tom

          June 2, 2022 at 10:33 pm

          You are a moron! My as you agree.
          Truths hurt! Buck you bronco.
          Toughen up the garter belt.
          $5000,000 more cause of Dem Dum Biden Harris economic ruin.
          It’s over! How dare anyone criticize this wonderful being and America’s Gov and Casey. He defeats the uncultured left.
          Get on board Martha Meyers, your country is being destroyed. How’s aoc sanders anti carbon oil hate working out?
          Don’t give me liberal bull jive!
          I am FP legend. DeSantis save America from the extremists as you have done for Florida. Everything is truth!

          • RonDeSantis sucks

            June 6, 2022 at 12:57 am

            Tom, you’re the stuff of nightmares, not legends.

      • Tjb

        June 3, 2022 at 2:48 pm

        Tom, please describe how Biden is responsible for inflation.

        • Tom

          June 3, 2022 at 8:17 pm

          Tjb, I answered you on Biden’s disastrous approval rating, gas policy in the other post.

          I am the FP legend, so your query is appropriate. Biden’s problem is that inflation in January of 21 was about 1.9%. That was after two bipartisan Covid bills. The second one I was very much opposed, even though the first one was questionable.

          Pelosi purposefully held up the second one prolonging it as people openly lost benefits. Dems can never except less on spending ogres. They both were bi partisan. The terrible spending bill that the Dems passed In MArch of 21 was a Dem wish list, and it blew up the economy which was over spent already. The infrastructure bill that passed months later only made things extremely worse.
          Inflation jumped by the end of 21 into 22. With the Fed and the Treasury ignoring the inflation blinking light signs and the WH claiming it was transitory. The feds have kept rates to low she refused to stop flooding the market with dollars. The supply chain is separate but the fact that the feds provided money to Americans caused greater demand. Asian supplies have slowed down at times but the U S govt paying people not to work through last fall created lack of workers for trucking and other supply work service as well.

          Biden’s incompetence is overwhelming and his cabinets elite disdain and arrogance is why we have the worst Potus since Hoover 100 yrs ago. You can cry a tear for Joe and Kamala but you, they and all Manchurian Dums are on the verge of a major annihilation in Nov. We are talking 40 to 70 house seats and 10 Senate seats. If the rescission comes before the election it will be worse.
          Biden is negative in 46 states, in Florida he’s 35%. Btw, thats blue states as well.

          Once again a conservative must explain why Manchurians are failures.
          DeSantis wins big November. Biden’s his salvation. Enjoy!

    • Jerry

      June 1, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      The inflation isn’t because of DeSantis, it’s because of the federal government. You can blame Congress and the senile old man in the White House for that. The rising gas prices. The rising food prices. The supply chain problems. An out of control national debt… etc.. You can blame all that on the federal government.

      And it will get worse. It’s going to get MUCH worse. Because these liberals in power right now…they have absolutely no idea what they are doing. They care more about flying rainbow flags, taking away the first and second amendments and making sure women can kill their babies. Those things are their priority….not the economy.

      • Pancho Villar

        June 3, 2022 at 8:24 am

        The Fed Chief, Jerome Powell, was appointed to this position by Trump. He’s still working in the same position under Biden. The supply chain issues started prior to Biden. Arguably, Trump fast-forwarded supply chain issues with his idiotic tariff war with China. Inflation is a world-wide phenomenon, it’s not just occurring here in the States.

  • Nancy A Lightner

    June 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    These two are the evil liars in all aspects. THE PERFECT OF EXAMPLE OF CALL GOOD EVIL AND EVIL GOOD..
    ALL THESE DEMONCRATS ARE TOTAL LIARS, SLANDERERS AND FALSE WITNESSES.
    THERE IS A PLACE IN THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL LIARS. DEMS BEWARE YOUR FALL IS COMING.

    • But he don’t

      June 7, 2022 at 6:03 am

      If Jesus really loved you he would take you out of the trailer lol

  • tom palmer

    June 1, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Crist certainly wasn’t Florida’s best governor. In my lifetime Leroy Collins, Reubin Askew and Bob Graham rank higher. Nevertheless, I would not be sad to see Crist back in the Governor’s Mansion,.

  • Jerry

    June 1, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    The Democrats want to glue masks to everyone’s face. Force injections into everyone’s arms. Take everyone’s guns away. Censor the internet. Force CRT down everyone’s throat. But it’s DeSantis who is the “evil authoritarian dictator.” I think you liberals need a dictionary and a history book.

    I hope Crist and Fried do keep up this attitude of theirs. They look like crazed socialist maniacs desperate to get into power. DeSantis will win by double-digits easily.

    • Adam West

      June 4, 2022 at 7:00 am

      How would that evil 18 year old kill innocent children without a gun? The vaccine is saving lives. CRT is very important in educating everyone instead of white washing history. Desantis and his twin brother Trump want everyone who is not white, male, straight and dumb to be like them. Democrats want to save lives and include everyone. Republicans are self serving egotistical maniacs who don’t give a damn about anyone. All they care about is gaining votes and power.

  • Tom

    June 2, 2022 at 7:38 am

    You won’t Palmer.
    I’ll give you Graham on personality and pleasant demeanor. His style was all slick and he had a centered way bout him.

    America’s Gov, Desantis will go down as the very best ever in Florida, with his re elect and anything else that may follow. His signature enactment of legislation into law will go down as historic.

    His leadership during Covid is already being identified as the right course, especially in light of blue state failures.

    America’s Gov the very best! Ever.

    • Jay Smif

      June 2, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      Hey Tom – think you can wedge fascist, worthless, aspiring white-nationalist, and pudgy traitor DeSantis’ nutsack a little deeper into your mouth-hole, or are you at maximum capacity right now?

      • Tom

        June 2, 2022 at 11:00 pm

        Another jay sniffer moron!
        You loser Manchurians are brain dead. You gots nothing, chameleon crispy, naughty nikki fraud. Please.
        You are the party of extremists.
        35% approval for Biden j. Florida. He’s a 100 Pd weight.
        Harris is incompetent.
        Enjoy!
        DeSantis, America’s Gov. wins bigly. Marco wins bigly. Repub. will win 20 Florida total congressional seats, possibly 21. It’s over!

        • RonDeSantis sucks

          June 6, 2022 at 12:56 am

          Republicans may take 20 seats, but that’s because DeSantis literally gerrymandered the maps. And I do mean literally: the cowardly legislature bowed down to him and did his bidding.

          • They aren’t worth

            June 7, 2022 at 6:05 am

            It does not matter how many they take.

            These Mouth breathers are just brands. They can’t do anything once someone gives them a headache. hope they leave earth soon lol

  • Shari

    June 2, 2022 at 8:49 am

    This makes me very sad. How dare these incompetents slander our governor. Play fair. What a joke I am so proud to be living in Florida. I have worked through the so called pandemic and thankful I was able to

    • No leg desantis

      June 7, 2022 at 6:07 am

      “Play fair”

      Sweep his leg lol

  • Niki fried for Socialist Florida.

    June 2, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Niki fried for Socialist Florida.

  • The Monsters March

    June 2, 2022 at 10:35 am

    It’s only June, and this is only Florida. Looking electoral disaster in the face (will the party even survive?), Democrats are willing to say anything, no matter how ridiculous, to destroy Republicans. I worry that, when they find their hate-rage shrieks are gaining them nothing, they will decide to DO anything to destroy Republicans and anyone else who gets in their way. I mean physically, with the power of the unstoppable central government behind them. Black shirts and lightning insignia.

  • Kevin Ritchie

    June 2, 2022 at 11:00 am

    They never said how many attended, was it the usual half dozen brain dead Dems with their heads in the sand, blaming their policies on everybody else?

    • Based Desantis Supporter

      June 4, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Not even. Democrats are about as popular as herpes here in the sunshine state

  • Geoff Stabb

    June 2, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Crist is a moron, He was a moron when he was Governor, He was a bigger moron when he flipped to being a Dem

  • RonDeSantis Sucks

    June 2, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a tyrant, and it’s nice that people are willing to call him out on his BS. Here’s hoping he loses big in 2022. We need someone who is not an authoritarian fascist in the governor’s mansion.

    • Tom

      June 2, 2022 at 10:36 pm

      Suck hole moron!
      You suck animals genitals!

      • RonDeSantis Sucks

        June 6, 2022 at 12:45 am

        Awwww, did I make you mad?

      • Goodbye

        June 7, 2022 at 6:09 am

        Your mom died in a hurricane and you will too lol

    • Impeach Biden

      June 2, 2022 at 10:55 pm

      Like who? Andrew Gillum? Cuomo? Newsom? Is that what you have in mind? I’ll take DeSantis any day. You can pack your bags and go back to New York.

      • RonDeSantis Sucks

        June 6, 2022 at 12:47 am

        I’m a Floridan who does not want to be ruled by a tyrant. Literally any moderate Republican and nearly any Democrat would be better than DeSantis.

      • Good idea

        June 7, 2022 at 6:10 am

        Yeah go back to New York.
        The cars don’t float when it rains lol

    • Tim

      June 3, 2022 at 6:32 am

      When you say ‘we’ who do you think you are speaking for?
      I find your opinions to be ignorant at best

      • RonDeSantis Sucks

        June 6, 2022 at 12:51 am

        By ‘we’ I mean Floridians. Some people may think they want what DeSantis is selling (fascism), but they don’t. But that’s the pernicious thing about fascism — by the time everyone recognizes it — it’s too late.

  • slb

    June 3, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Karma is gonna hit Der Dwarf like a shovel. I hope to be in a front row seat.

  • Tim

    June 3, 2022 at 6:31 am

    They have to pander to kids because adults are too smart to believe their nonsense. Nikki can’t even stand up to David Hoogg

  • Brian

    June 3, 2022 at 12:42 pm

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  • Based Desantis Supporter

    June 4, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Lmao these losers are getting desperate. And for good reason. The closest they come to desantis is a five% point loss. It’s gonna be an ugly midterm for the democrats in general but especially in Florida

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