The View takes a look at Charlie Crist after Ron DeSantis snub

Crist View
'I don't know what he's afraid of.'

Democrat Charlie Crist did what Gov. Ron DeSantis never will Friday, appearing on “The View” for an interview that, at times, proved contentious.

DeSantis’ team rejected The View invite weeks ago, a point brought up by host Joy Behar in the opening of the segment.

“That’s a shame,” Crist commiserated.

Crist noted that in addition to refusing to appear on The View, DeSantis “has also refused to do a statewide debate.”

“I don’t know what he’s afraid of,” Crist coaxed. “I’m a pretty nice guy, and you’re pretty nice people.”

Ana Navarro, who has been critical of Crist in the past, said she was “not thrilled with either candidate” but has to choose one.

“You’ve run in Florida 16 times,” Navarro noted, “as a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent.”

Navarro produced a robocall from his Republican period, in which “consistent conservative” Crist said he was “pro-life” and a backer of “traditional marriage,” to which Behar offered response.

“You don’t have to debate DeSantis. You can just debate Ana Navarro,” she quipped.

Asked if he was a “political mercenary,” switching parties for expediency’s sake, Crist offered a familiar response.

“I changed parties because my party changed,” Crist said.

“The party has changed dramatically from what it was when I was a Republican,” he added.

Asked about changing his views on “gay marriage,” Crist said he evolved “around the same time Barack Obama did.”

Asked if he was pro-life, he said he was “pro-choice.”

“Judge me by my deeds,” Crist said, citing legislative and gubernatorial decisions going back to his time in Tallahassee that subverted the pro-life agenda.

Navarro also asked, regarding LG nominee Karla Hernandez, if Crist bothered to “vet her.” Crist assured her that he had, defending her despite her muddy comments about Fidel Castro’s death.

“I think she’s great. I really do,” Crist said, describing her as “feisty.”

Crist’s appearance spanned two segments of the show, seemingly benefiting from the DeSantis rejection that, per Fox News, the Governor didn’t even know about at first.

“I didn’t know that that had been declined until I saw it in the news, because I think my staff knows better than to even bring that to me,” DeSantis told Fox News. “I don’t need to be involved with some of the partisan corporate media.”

“They’re free to say what they want. It doesn’t bother me,” DeSantis added. “But I don’t want to give any of that oxygen.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


46 comments

  • PeterH

    September 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Ron DeSantis can’t face the media on his prior statements on banning abortion!

    Republicans can’t answer tough questions from the main stream media ….. that’s why the media is never invited into Republican venues!

    That’s why Republicans are interviewed on Fox, OANN, Newsmax, and Breitbart. Those interviewers are PAID to avoid tough questions.

    Make no mistake, when Hannity gets to speak at a Trump rally ….. Fox is getting money from the Republican Party.

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    • JoJo

      September 9, 2022 at 11:12 pm

      Truth!

  • Impeach Biden

    September 9, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Really? Why would any Republican / Conservative subject themselves to that left wing show? Those liberal wackos lead by Joy Behar would be in full attack mode.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 9, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      Liberal whackos? You mean Trump supporters..aka dictatorship advocates…rule by billionaires etc. Stupid people..

      • Don't Text me

        September 10, 2022 at 2:41 pm

        You are not going to win over any Florida Trump supporters calling them names like that . Who ever you have writing your comments, sound extremely immature.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 9, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      Trump was a whacko…

      • Anita

        September 10, 2022 at 9:15 am

        Still is

  • Beth

    September 9, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Ha ha DeSantis says it doesn’t bother him. Yet he tries to destroy the lives of anyone who criticizes him. He can’t go on the show because he doesn’t want people to know what he really is, an insecure pathetic nothing with no capability to lead or to do anything positive for the state. All he can do is sow chaos. He will say or do anything for money or power, his top two priorities. He doesn’t dare let anyone get near him, he knows he is a disaster.

  • marylou

    September 9, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Desantis’s abortion ban ”…strategy is obvious. Do it after the gubernatorial so as to not piss off suburban women, then screw them over after the election in order to appease fire-breathing pro-lifers in a presidential primary.”
    ——‘Republican operative’ —NBC News

    • Impeach Biden

      September 9, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      You still going with that Republican operative story? Of course from a reliable news source, NBC.

      • marylou

        September 9, 2022 at 6:02 pm

        Oh, don’t take my word….let Desantis get on The View (or anywhere at all—haha), and speak for himself…lol

  • Marconi

    September 9, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    christ would fit right in with those cackling hens

    • Michael

      September 9, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      I have always written that “Stupid” people can’t spell.
      Here’s another example.

      • Joe Corsin

        September 9, 2022 at 4:33 pm

        If you voted for snake oil salesmen Trump…then it is you who was stupid.

  • Isabel

    September 9, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    I read in the 9/4/2022 Palm Beach Post that Gov. DeSantis “succeeded this week in banning consideration of ‘social, political or ideological interests’ when investing the state’s pension fund”. Does he have the power to do this? I care, even at age 87, about the planet and environment. He, apparently, does not. This is but one of the many positions he has and acts he has done to which I am totally opposed. I will be supporting Charlie Crist.

    • marylou

      September 10, 2022 at 4:26 pm

      What will Desantis do when he finds out that ESG funds outperform non-ESGs? Shareholders recognize that consideration of environmental and social interests is good for the planet AND corporate profits.There is demand for ESGs or they wouldn’t exist. So why is DeDictator interfering in the free market? Eventually the “Invisible Hand” will get real tired of all the FUs and just slap him upside his big decaying head.

  • Marvin

    September 9, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Let them hate us. Hate them right back. Enough of this nonsense. Stop apologizing. Stop explaining. Stop trying to reach them with reason. Its pointless. Just except that they are our enemies and treat them as such.
    Crist will fall flat on his face in a landslide loss!

    • Elliott Offen

      September 9, 2022 at 4:31 pm

      Yeah I can’t understand why anyone would hate a group of people who propped up a far right mad man and insane crook. So unfair…

    • Jonathan Tennis

      September 11, 2022 at 5:51 am

      You mean accept,not except. Just trying to help the underprivileged .

  • Frankie M.

    September 9, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    DeSantis told Fox News. “I don’t need to be involved with some of the partisan corporate media.

    No irony there at all. If you’re scarred say you’re scarred.

    • Tjb

      September 11, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      DeSantis is afraid of hard questions. When will he tell us in detail his position on abortion and what laws he will endorse regarding when a women can or cannot have a abortion?

  • Bob

    September 9, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    I grew up when there was a George Wallace and Lester Maddox. I now live in Florida where there is a Ron Desantis. I thought the US had grown up. I am not happy that people know I live in Florida, but I want them to know I am not a Desantis blind follower. I love my country and want Democracy and Freedom to return thou Desantis is trying to destroy what we were founded upon!

  • marylou

    September 9, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    “I don’t need to be involved with some of the partisan corporate media.” Desantis is wrong. It is the job of a free press to force government officials to answer to the people. It’s Desantis’s job to answer not run and hide.

    • Hope

      September 10, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Typhoid Mary… you are toxic to humanity.

      • Tjb

        September 11, 2022 at 3:21 pm

        DeSantis in a November 2021 fundraising newsletter had the following theme, “Florida’s Governor Has A Pair”.
        Is he afraid to be interviewed by women? Is DeSantis afraid that the women on the View may ask and press him on his views abortion? Come on Ron, go on the View and show us that you have a pair

  • Tom

    September 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    This ain’t the free press! It’s a bunch of liberal talking point soros Manchurian.
    Wash your blood off your hands, abortion Mary!
    You lackey manure Manchurian have no original thought. You are all brain dead Dums.

    Florida, DeSantis is personal freedom, economic liberty and opportunity for all.
    Rising tide for all in DeSantis’s America.
    You losers!

  • Wanda

    September 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Can’t wait to see Ron lose and he might pull that stunt like Trump did and have to be kicked out on his ass to leave Florida.

    • Tom

      September 9, 2022 at 10:13 pm

      Smelly fish called Wanda, you are a moron. DeSantis wins by 8.

      • don't text me

        September 10, 2022 at 2:45 pm

        Ron will win…Crist is a flip flopper…biden lover…

        • Marty

          September 10, 2022 at 11:09 pm

          Be careful what you wish for.

  • Michael

    September 10, 2022 at 12:00 am

    It’s all your Trumpers know to do.
    Call people silly third grade names.
    Bye bye DeSantis

  • Hope

    September 10, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Again, the wisdom of DeSantis is exemplified by choosing not to appear on The View!

    Sad that Charlie Crist is the best Democrats can do… one day he’s a Democrat one day he’s a Republican another day he is an Independent. One day he’s pro-choice one day he’s pro-life. And this is the best the Democrats could do. Sad for them. Ron DeSantis will win the day by a landslide!

    • Tjb

      September 10, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      Just a friendly reminder that Trump switched parties 4 times. I Hope that your are not a troll working for. Christina Pushshaw.

      • Hope

        September 11, 2022 at 9:42 am

        Trump was a private citizen so what’s your point? Charlie’s switches party’s from one political campaign to the next.

        • Tjb

          September 11, 2022 at 3:13 pm

          People change political views. Is that a sin?

  • George Brodermann

    September 10, 2022 at 8:50 am

    People grow, evolve, people learn from their mistakes. I originally voted for DeSantis, Lord help me, but he has disappointed me at every turn. Charlie Crist has learned from his past mistakes, and will win in Florida because he wants what’s truly best for Florida. We don’t need someone so pompous & full of themselves like DeSantis, or Trump, Jr as we call him. We need someone who cares about Floridians. #CharlieCrist

  • Maxine Sue

    September 10, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Don’t worry Ron, I’m pretty sure that you’ve got the Qanon vote sewn up.

  • maritza

    September 10, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    I saw this written on another thread;
    BTW; if anyone is familiar with the real Elliot Offen, he was a cross-dressing psychotic who was banned from the Howard Stern show years ago.
    Keep up the charade !
    So much for Elliot’s street cred!

    • Hope

      September 11, 2022 at 9:44 am

      You are correct! Yes everyone ignores Elliott.

  • Tjb

    September 10, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    DeSantis in a November 2021 fundraising newsletter had the following theme, “Florida’s Governor Has A Pair”.
    Is he afraid to be interviewed by women? Is DeSantis afraid that the women on the View may ask and press him on his views abortion? Come on Ron, go on the View and show us that you have a pair.

  • Jessica Collins

    September 10, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    [[DeSantis told Fox News. “I don’t need to be involved with some of the partisan corporate media.”]] Has anyone ever thought FOX isn’t partisan corporate media? Does he realize the irony in the statement or just needed to say something haughty?

    • Hope

      September 11, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Yes, and one is “RIGHT” and one is wrong.

  • Frances

    September 11, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    All I can say is, are you watching TV what they are saying about you Christ?
    And you are not fighting back to the GOP governor? Better get with it if you want to win Charlie.

  • Professor Paul Pennypecker

    September 11, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    “I’m pro-life, I opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage… I support a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage, and I oppose adoption by gay couples.” -Charlie Crist

    • marylou

      September 12, 2022 at 10:04 am

      Thank God Crist’s positions are now in line with the vast majority of the country. Pretty brave for a politician to come to the people rather than trying to drag us into their insanity and fear. It’s too bad they can’t all start caring what we want, right?

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