Ron DeSantis suggests media ‘mea culpa’ for propping up Andrew Gillum
Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum paths diverged after 2018.

DeSantis Gillum
'What was presented to the public was that this guy was like the second coming,'

After the photo finish of the 2018 gubernatorial election, the fortunes of Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic opponent diverged.

Andrew Gillum found himself in a Tallahassee courtroom this week, indicted on wire fraud and money laundering charges related to campaign finance. Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis again got to take a victory lap over his fallen opponent.

“I would ask a lot of the media that propped him up whether they have any type of mea culpa on that. There clearly were a lot of issues there. If you looked under the hood, you saw it. But what was presented to the public was that this guy was like the second coming,” DeSantis remarked.

DeSantis and Gillum surprised many by advancing to the General Election four summers ago, and the back-and-forth went Gillum’s way for much of the campaign until the weight of ethical issues seemed to change the campaign’s narrative.

“Never has a candidate been elevated that way by media outlets,” DeSantis said. “Certainly in the last 10 years or so.”

“And I can tell you,” DeSantis added. “If I had not won in 2018, this state would be in much worse shape, and that’s not even a question.”

DeSantis focused on the question of Gillum’s ethics down the stretch of the 2018 campaign.

“In the case of Andrew, look, he has not been honest with the voters of Florida. I asked him in that debate, and the media should have been asking him these questions. … He says he’s not under investigation. He’s been saying that. He’s the only one who says that,” DeSantis said in Jacksonville in late October 2018.

“What did he do after getting that? He turned around and gave the lobbyist exactly what that lobbyist wanted,” DeSantis added. “To me, those are ill-begotten gains that he should not have had. And what he did, doing the favor for the lobbyist, is exactly how we don’t want government to work.”

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


  • ScienceBLVR

    June 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    “Never has a candidate been elevated that way by media outlets,” DeSantis said. “Certainly in the last ten years or so.”.. Not that I am defending Gillum in any way- I voted for Graham in the primary, but the hypocrisy of DeSantis’s statement. Anybody out there know how many times DeSantis has been “elevated, appeared, commandeered himself” onto FOX news or any other right wing media outlet in the last two years??

  • Tom

    June 23, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    FYI, he is the incumbent Governor mis believer?
    We are talking bout non incumbent candidates.
    And yes, it is fair to suggest that he was elevated to the “chosen, savior” status by all.

    Frankly, I would advise everyone to stay away from. It. There is no real gain, finding joy in anyone’s demise or commenting just is not how I approach it. Gov would be better off, but I guess you may understand how he could feel. Just saying.

    Gillium clearly felt he was entitled. Maybe the media hoisted him. It is ironic though how this turned. Thank God for the 30,000 plus votes. The minority support on the school voucher scholarship program that he pledged to expanded and enhanced, which he did to minorities saved the Governor. Gillium was opposed. Good for Gov.

    • Frankie M.

      June 23, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      Thank goodness faux news & Trump were able to get Ronnie over the hump. A guy with zero name recognition was able to ride Trump’s coattails into office by the slimmest of margins. If that isn’t a modern day self made man tale I don’t know what is.

  • Frankie M.

    June 23, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    At the end of the day Ronnie only has himself to blame. Half the time he was in Congress he didn’t show up and the other half he was planning his next move by attaching himself to Trump’s arse. When he was campaigning Ronnie had all the charisma of a slug. Gillem was outgoing and personable while Ronnie was standoffish and antagonistic. Gillem framed himself as a hope & change Obama type while Ronnie chose the us vs them Trump route. And somehow that’s the media’s fault.

    • Tom

      June 23, 2022 at 11:08 pm

      Busted Frankie m’s balls. LMAO Losers.

      DeSantis won and it’s a known factoid by intelligent life, due to his position on public voucher, school choice for poor, minorities. Gillium opposed it, DeSantis successfully drove that message in south Florida. Total win, win. Hispanics and enough African Americans voted for him.

      Gillium was a con and he now has the indictments to prove it. I wish him no ill.

      Obama hope and change garbage. He thought he was chosen, entitled and yes hoisted by extremist liberal media.

      Save it. You got a chameleon and a fraud. Enjoy getting ass kicked.

    • just sayin

      June 24, 2022 at 8:08 am

      Frankie, come on. While I agree with your assessment of their personalities, anyone who lives in Tallahassee knew he was crooked as can be. On top of that, he had little to no experience. Even his most ardent supporters can’t name three things he did as mayor. He was given the kid gloves treatment by the media and it backfired.

  • rass

    June 24, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Rona sure can kick a dog when it’s down. While I am not defending his indicted former opponent, I do appreciate the presumption of innocence in our legal system. However, Rona’s writ large general attacks on the media turn my stomach. Rona regularly appears on Fix Entertainment TV – in court, the network defended itself and Tucker by saying that no reasonable person would believe what was being presented as factual. Fix is the driving force in destroying America because Joe Lunchbox actually believes what is being broadcast as fact, not opinion or entertainment. So Rona, why not save your unkind words for Tucker and his gang of anti-American asswipes?

    • Tom

      June 24, 2022 at 11:42 pm

      You need to be kicked.
      What a crock. Rass as is ass.
      DeSantis wipes the floor with you tards.

    • Tom

      June 25, 2022 at 12:19 am

      Go call the liberal rino Cardenas ab”be his 30 yr junior elephant ignoramus Navarro. What a wench as in stench.

      Call moron AOC and racist Maxine waters. I don’t kick people when down but Gillium is an embarrassment. A Soros Manchurian production. You reao what you sew. Biden is clueless, Harris is worthless.
      Your getting your ass beat in November. America’s gov wins big.
      Marco too. Net new 50 house seats.

      • Mike Wallace

        June 26, 2022 at 5:18 pm

        ^ Straight nut job… possible dangerous terrorist..

        • Tom

          June 27, 2022 at 10:33 pm

          Pathetic, Moron. Wallace.

  • Antonio

    June 25, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Florida dodged the biggest bullet by electing Desantis.It’s amazing how many tribal Leftists just can’t accept that Guillum was a trainwreck and how lucky we are that he was not elected.

    • Mike Lindell

      June 26, 2022 at 5:20 pm

      Shame everyone didn’t dodge the country is a wreck…and as usual the Dems can’t clean up the mess fast enough for you grifters.

      • Antonio

        June 26, 2022 at 7:33 pm

        WTF are you talking about? The country is a wreck because of Biden’s policies. Under Trump we were energy independent (=cheap fuel), had a great economy (CNBC’s Jim Cramer 2019 “The best numbers of our lives”), he lowered most peoples taxes (more money in your pocket), and he started no wars and kept our primary enemies in check (Russia and China didn’t do anything aggressive during his term). In contrast, Biden wants to cut fossil fuel use (gas prices started going up by February 2021, and doubled in Florida BEFORE the Ukraine invasion), is in charge of a wrecked economy because he can’t balance a checkbook, he wants to RAISE taxes (less money in your pocket), and under his weak watch Russia invades Ukraine and China is on the cusp of invading Taiwan while hassling Japan every other week. Stop drinking the tribal Kool-Ade and open your eyes.

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