‘Those are his people’: Nikki Fried links Ron DeSantis to Jan. 6 insurrectionists
Nikki Fried isn't friends with Matt Gaetz, she says. Image via A.G. Gancarski.

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The Republican Governor didn't take questions the day of or the day after the first Jan. 6 prime-time hearing.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says Gov. Ron DeSantis has avoided talking about the Jan. 6 riot because those are “his people.”

On Friday, the day after the first major January 6 Committee hearing in Washington, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate told reporters she was not surprised Republican Governor didn’t take questions at his news conferences Thursday and Friday. He has not been forthcoming in denouncing the insurrection attempt, she said.

“Since the incident happened, he really hasn’t talked a lot about it,” Fried said. “In fact, those are his people, and we know that.”

Fried’s comments follow a fundraising email her campaign sent Tuesday in which she accused DeSantis of courting “white supremacist insurrectionists” for when he runs for President in 2024. DeSantis has denied assertions that he’s running for President after re-election, but it hasn’t stopped Democrats from frequently alluding to or openly referring to his possible presidential run.

Fried also continued linking DeSantis with Nazis. In January on NPR’s Florida Roundup a year after the Capitol Riot, she called DeSantis an “authoritarian” and drew parallels between him and German dictator Adolf Hitler.

“It’s unfortunate that he has not denounced Nazis, he has not denounced the insurrectionists, hasn’t been holding them accountable, and so he needs to be held accountable,” Fried said.

Most TV news networks are carrying the Jan. 6 hearings live, but Fox News Channel, some of whose pundits have praised DeSantis for his opposition to President Joe Biden, is not.

Fried, who is down in the polls to both DeSantis and Democratic front-runner U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, predicted voters would turn out against Republicans on Election Day in response to conservative rhetoric.

“The American people, we have survived. We’ve been here for hundreds of years at this point,” Fried said. “Democracy is certainly fragile, but I know that the people of our state aren’t going to sit by and just watch this. They’re going to be voting in November to make sure that any type of elected official in our state that continues this rhetoric of hate and divisiveness is kicked out of office.”

DeSantis and Florida Republican lawmakers were initially vocal against the mob stirred up by former President Donald Trump.

“Violence or rioting of any kind is unacceptable and the perpetrators must face the full weight of the law. The Capitol Police do an admirable job and I thank them for their hard work,” DeSantis said in a statement the day of the Capitol riot.

Republican lawmakers also filed Florida anti-riot legislation the same day as the insurrection as a direct response to the violence. However, DeSantis first floated the proposal in September 2020 after a summer of Black Lives Matter protests, and ties between the anti-riot bill and the Capitol riot soon faded.

And on the one year anniversary of Jan. 6, DeSantis called the day an opportunity for the media to “smear” Trump’s supporters. “This is their Christmas,” he told reporters.

“It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job because quite frankly it’s not something that most Floridians are concerned about,” DeSantis said.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Tom

    June 10, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Disgraceful n fraud, what a wench.
    This scurrilous and disgraceful person is out of control with her extremism. Liberal scream
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    The independents and moderates have run from her and that will only get worse. She’s out of her mind.

    Regardless, chameleon or fraud have no chance vs America’s Gov.,they are comedian party.

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  • Tom

    June 10, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Just a gross being this fraud.
    Scurrilous, trailer trash, want a be whose bellicose and in a constant liberal extreme.
    Independents can’t stand her. She makes Desantis look like a moderate compared to her.

    Either way, if she wins Gov breaks 55%, if she loses the chameleon loses with the unenthusiastic leftovers for him.
    She is an embarrassment either way.

  • Anitabee

    June 10, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Floridians are mostly Cuban and retired ppl who have been misinformed. Deathsantis is a authoritarian wannabe dicator. He’s even taken credit for K9 police dog health care when it was Bobby Powell a Democrat of Fl who introduced the bill. The RepubliCQNs have disinfranchised million of black and brown voters. The only way these right-wing radical white supremacists can win is by cheating.

    • Tom

      June 10, 2022 at 8:29 pm

      You have no chance this November!
      You are fascist and racist.
      You are full of Adam SCHIFF.

      Cubans, Hispanics love Desantis.
      Florida has freedom, opportunity, education, future cause of Ron.

      America’s Gov wins, Florida wins,
      Rising tide for all. Do for America what he’s done for Florida.

      • Tony Widrig

        June 11, 2022 at 5:47 am

        I don’t think being the state with the most COVID related deaths, or the state with the most treasonous citizens arrested for the insurrection is winning.

        • Impeach Biden

          June 11, 2022 at 7:01 am

          Guess what Tony, Florida is the third most populous state in the union. They are third in Covid related deaths, after California and Texas. Fried is simply out of her mind and is not fit for office of any kind. Maybe she has smoked too much of that “devil’s lettuce”.

          • Covid

            June 13, 2022 at 7:48 pm

            So Florida has even less people then those states.

            then covid got rid of more of you lol

          • Tjb

            June 15, 2022 at 8:27 pm

            Yes you are correct that Florida is third in deaths, but Covid deaths compared to total population of the state is at a higher percentage in Florida.

  • Tom is a Pedo

    June 11, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Well… She’s not exactly wrong, one of DeSantis favorites lied behind the Florida seal saying the vaccines changed your DNA on camera and he said nothing. Liars of a feather… Donald Peterson says exactly what he stands for though.

  • Tom

    June 11, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    You screw animals, and your sister. .
    Your mental and decrepit.
    Fraud is a knee crawler.
    She has no chance. Chameleon just a little more. It’s a blowout. Enjoy,

    • Sorry

      June 12, 2022 at 7:37 am

      No nothing like that. Sorry, I Shouldn’t have used that name. Big misunderstanding. Please forgive?

    • Both of ‘em this time

      June 13, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      Your governor and your wife are gonna die from cancer lol

  • Tony Kay

    June 12, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Anitabee I could not agree more with your comment, “Deathsantis is a authoritarian wannabe dicator.” I have several names for the wannabe trump, DeDeath because his handling of the pandemic, DeNincompoop because he does some stupid shit, DeHitler because he acts like one, DeHomophobe because of “don’t say gay”. Vote this mini trump out of office. This guy will now try and cushion his votes by doing things he should have had his mind on in the start. For me he is just another con-man looking out for himself not what the people want unless you are people like the insurrectionists. Taking the political party’s name out of the equation he still is a jerk, to be polite.

  • Michael Joseph McElroy

    June 12, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    She’s useless………

  • Yeah

    June 12, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    And her people are move in take a tax free state make taxes for our electives

  • Marcell

    June 13, 2022 at 9:47 am

    and the looters, rioters, ANTIFA crowd are her people?
    she defines the north end of a south bound mule.

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 13, 2022 at 11:49 am

    We the people have to vote out the cult of republicans that support Trump. Yes Desantis that includes You!

  • Butch Jones

    June 14, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Biden rarely takes questions, never unless he already knows the questions so where is the problem?

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