Gov. DeSantis decries ‘deafening’ media silence about threat to Brett Kavanaugh

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'If the shoe was reversed, they'd be going berserk.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expressing concern over a threat to a Supreme Court Justice’s life and implored the media to cover it with more emphasis.

“A lot of them have some really screwed-up priorities as we see almost every day,” the Governor said in Fort Walton Beach Thursday.

DeSantis was in town for an unrelated press conference when he offered remarks about security issues at the homes of conservative justices in the wake of a leaked draft opinion in a Mississippi case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

“This guy yesterday was saying that he wanted to go and kill (Brett) Kavanaugh, because he was concerned about court decisions that may be rendered. So he’s trying to change the operation of one branch of our government through political assassination,” DeSantis said of Nicholas Roske, who had lethal weapons and malicious intent when he taxied to Kavanaugh’s home early one morning this week.

“The silence is deafening from a lot of our media outlets on this,” DeSantis said. “They do not want to talk about it.”

“If the shoe was reversed,” DeSantis added, “they’d be going berserk if some (Donald) Trump supporter were doing anything approaching … that.”

The Governor returned to this line of argument later in his monologue, saying he hasn’t heard a “sufficient amount of response” to what happened.

DeSantis also urged “people across the political spectrum to say that there’s no place for that type of behavior in American society.”

The Governor noted that it can be “frustrating” not to get what one wants politically, noting that “every single election doesn’t go the way” he wants, and that the Supreme Court has a history of decisions over “many decades” that have been “head-scratchers.”

“That doesn’t give you the right to take the law in your hands and attempt something of that magnitude,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis condemned the leak itself when it was first reported in May, calling the released document a “judicial insurrection.”

“You want to talk about an insurrection, that’s a judicial insurrection, to be taking that out and trying to kneecap a potential majority through kind of extra-constitutional means,” the Governor said.

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


  • SteveHC

    June 9, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    It’s going to get to the point where peopke will just stop paying attention to DeSantis – he’s oversaturating with worthless speech.

    • Nothing at all

      June 9, 2022 at 12:42 pm

      Besides republicans said so themselves

      Nothing we can do lol

  • tom palmer

    June 9, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    I cannot think of a media outlet that didn’t report on the assassination attempt. Silent indeed.

  • Impeach Biden

    June 9, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Anyone with half a brain knows that if a threat was made against let’s say Kagan, or Sotomayor, Biden would have the DOJ all over it. He would probably address the nation as well and actively go after anyone threatening them. He is whistling from the sidelines on this one.

    • Lynda

      June 9, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      Pres. Biden is a moral human being. He was VP to Pres. Obama for nominations of Justices Kagan and Sotomayor. I am 100% sure President Biden ( who does not hold grudges) is very concerned about the danger to Kavanaugh from a crazy person who also had Democratic governors on his kill list.

    • Dadood

      June 11, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      20 children died in Texas from a right wing shooter. All we saw was “thoughts and prayers”, “one door” and “That is the cost of freedom” from the republicans. Kavanaugh gets a death threat and the republicans go nuts about security and demand 24/7 armed security. Apparently, to republicans, one supreme court justice is worth more than 20 school children. What we don’t know is how many children murdered by guns equal one republican in office. Maybe they could provide a chart. House reps equal 100 kids, SCOTUS is 200 kids, a senator must be worth at least 1,000.

    • Tjb

      June 12, 2022 at 8:38 am

      Hey Impeach…my thoughts and prayers are with Brett. There is no need to do more to protect him.

  • PeterH

    June 9, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    The thwarted attack by a narcissistic 26 year old has been reported hourly on CNN and elsewhere for the past several days!

    DeSantis is trying his best to distract from tonight’s exploration of the January 6th attempted coup. Of course Fox isn’t televising the hearings …. because the Fox media outlet was complicit in the January 6th attempted coup.

    Join authentic conservatives at the Lincoln Project or any one of a half dozen “never Trump” organizations to help save our democracy from demagogues like Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.

    • Bill Me (of the Me family)

      June 10, 2022 at 6:20 am

      “Join authentic conservatives at the Lincoln Project. . .”

      Turning your comment into an ad even further erodes your already minimal credibility. That FLAPOL tolerates it does just the same.

  • Lynda

    June 9, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    Unlike the children killed in Uvalde, Justices of SCOTUS have high profile security available 24/7. Any person who disregards the will of the majority of voters as SCOTUS is doing with Roe decision and will do with gun decisions puts him or herself at more risk than normal to nuts and crazies of all political persuasions. It comes with the territory of being a public person. It was Kavanaugh’s choice to seek a seat on SCOTUS. The children of Uvalde did not choose to put themselves at risk for gun violence by going to school.

    Stop whining about the danger that comes with a high public profile, Gov. desantis, you will miss yours when you retire or leave public office. Do your job and don’t worry about other high profile -(By Choice) officials to make political points.

  • Jim

    June 10, 2022 at 11:47 am

    The medias deafening silence is almost as deafening as his utter silence on protecting Florida’s citizens from COVID. Florida, with the highest new cases of any state in the US (12K) and 2nd highest average number of cases (11K). People are going into ICU and dying (will be at 75,000 by November). Why is he not performing the most important function he was elected to perform!!??

  • Tjb

    June 10, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Just a distraction from the attempt of many of the DeSantis followers to overthrow democracy on Jan 6.

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