Gov. DeSantis’ ‘insurrection’ jibe irks Democratic AG candidate
Screen shot froM Daniel Uhlfelder campaign video.

Daniel Uhlfelder
Uhlfelder accused DeSantis of 'a dangerous betrayal of free speech.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ characterization of Supreme Court pro-choice protesters as partaking in “insurrection” got a rise out of a Democrat running for Attorney General.

Santa Rosa Beach lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder condemned DeSantis’ “absurd” turn of phrase in a media release Tuesday.

“On the issue of peaceful protests, the First Amendment is clear,” Uhlfelder. “Ron DeSantis’ absurd labeling of peaceful protest as insurrection is a dangerous betrayal of free speech. Not only is free speech protected by the Constitution, it is a core value of our American democracy.”

“The right to protest in public places is sacrosanct, fundamental to people of all parties and beliefs. To label peaceful protest an insurrection, without evidence that it would interrupt the functions of the court or government, is both antithetical to the law and to who we are,” Uhlfelder continued, before saying DeSantis and the incumbent AG have been negligent when it comes to discussing the Capitol riots of Jan. 6, 2021.

“Ron DeSantis is attempting to distract from the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol which he has refused to acknowledge. Meanwhile, our Attorney General Ashley Moody believes in the Big Lie that inspired the actual insurrection, even going so far as to add Florida’s name to a lawsuit attempting to overturn the 2020 election. Rather than condemning peaceful protest, Ashley Moody and Ron DeSantis should use their platforms to condemn the actual insurrection — the one their rhetoric and actions helped encourage,” Uhlfelder contended.

The Panhandle Democrat was irked by the Governor’s denunciation of those protesting the Supreme Court, rendered during a Fox News Channel hit Monday from New York City.

“You don’t just get to have a mob descend on Supreme Court Justices’ houses or try to impede operations of government because there may be a decision you don’t like. That would be considered an insurrection to stop a court or the operations of government because there may be a decision you don’t like. That would be considered an insurrection to stop a court from functioning,” DeSantis claimed.

The Governor made the comments on set in New York City. But much of the material is familiar to Florida reporters, who heard DeSantis decry what he called an “assassination” attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

DeSantis was in Fort Walton Beach last week, when he spoke about developments in the wake of a leaked draft opinion in the Mississippi case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

“This guy yesterday was saying that he wanted to go and kill 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 last week.

DeSantis condemned the leaked opinion 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.

Regarding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, DeSantis downplayed the ongoing investigations and attention to it earlier this year as a “politicized Charlie Foxtrot.”

A fundraising pitch expanded on this argument. Describing a “nauseating display of political hypocrisy and grandstanding from Democrats in Congress and in the corporate media,” DeSantis decreed. “Jan. 6th is like Christmas for the out-of-touch D.C., New York political and media class.”

Uhlfelder has been a visible DeSantis critic for years now. He is the leading fundraiser in the Democratic Primary race for AG, but any challenger will struggle to match incumbent Ashley Moody’s cash on hand.

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


  • PeterH

    June 14, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    If Americans continue to vote for today’s ‘culture war bent’ Republicans ……they WILL NEVER realize the sensible gun laws, licensing, and training we all want to exist.

    • Tom

      June 14, 2022 at 3:51 pm

      Idiot strikes again.
      You mean the Cheney’s wars.
      Peter h the towel boy

  • Impeach Biden

    June 14, 2022 at 2:55 pm


    What about the nightly attacks on a Federal Courthouse in Portland, OR? Where was you liberal outrage then?

    • Brian F

      June 15, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      People protesting the fact that they were being hunted and murdered by police as sport is a bit different than a Cult Leader sending his domestic terrorist maggots into the Capitol to murder the vice president and kill other members of Congress. Oh and then the part about undoing an election illegally so he could be anointed Dictator of America or King Trump or whatever the maniac wanted to be.

    • Not my business

      June 17, 2022 at 2:54 am

      I was enjoying it. Let me know when Ron’s house looks the same

  • Nowhere Man

    June 14, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Apparently this Uhlfelder has never had anyone protesting, screeching, and beating drums in front of his home at all hours and even threatening his life. How does a sober society provide an education to an individual who seems unwilling to learn because to learn would conflict with his established partisanship? A classic member of the Democrat elite: he stands for the worst in modern American society.

  • Tim

    June 15, 2022 at 1:52 am

    The Democratic mantra… My victimhood is stronger than your victimhood.
    Keep crying AG. Ron is here to stay. You’re welcome to leave

  • Maxine Sue

    June 15, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Again with the kneecap. DeSantis LOVES to use the word “kneecap”. As in, any gun control legislation would kneecap the rights of law-abiding citizens. Well Governor, kneecap is better than decapitate: that’s what happened to CHILDREN sitting in their classrooms. Yet imposing strict and common sense gun laws is kneecapping Second Amendment rights. He’s just a thin-skinned bully and wannabe fascist. He’s all for freedom, meaning, you’re free to agree with him. Period.

  • Marylou

    June 15, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Teeny Tyrant should quit whining about people exercising their right to protest at people’s homes. SCOTUS already cleared that one up for Ron when they determined that the First Amendment rights of anti-choice protesters couldn’t be abridged, even to protect women’s clinic staff from a cult of violent stalkers following them home and disturbing the neighborhood.
    Ronnie would be more useful assisting Brett to “harden” his house to meet Republican safety standards. Board-up the windows, wall-up the doors, just one entry. Ron could even provide Second Amendment supplies to Beer Boy’s family. A good guy with a gun will make it all okay. A gun for everybody! Imagine just how safe Amy’s family will be when Ron finally makes his way over there to Praise Plaza to help her out! Don’t lose your head, Ron!

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  • Beth

    June 18, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Check out what DeSantis wrote on social media prior to trump’s coup attempt. He did all he could to spread the big lie and to encourage people to take part in the insurrection. He and Moody should both be indicted for treasonous acts. The clown show they continue to present is a distraction from their real crimes.

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