Charlie Crist launches new ad on personal faith in light of migrant flight

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Crist ties in the latest brouhaha into a perceived universal theory of Ron DeSantis’ politics.

As the latest actions of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration toward immigrants leads to discussions in churches about how we treat people in need, and how faith should inform that behavior, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist released a new ad in which he addresses his personal faith.

The ad opens with Crist talking in an office directly to the camera.

“My faith teaches me that we’re all children of God,” Crist says. “That whoever oppresses a poor man insults his maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. That is lost on Ron DeSantis.”

The video cuts to a short slow-motion clip of DeSantis speaking before a quick cut to a TV news segment in which part of the lower third reads, “Migrants used in political stunts ahead of midterms.” The next shot included an MSNBC report showing a plane at the airport in Massachusetts and a lower-third that stated Martha’s Vineyard residents were offering food, shelter and medical care to the migrants left figuratively at their front doors.

Crist continues with the voiceover, “For him, it’s always putting politics over people’s lives. Lying to migrant children to lure them onto a plane to God knows where.”

Crist finishes the sentence speaking again directly to the camera, before the ad cuts to other MSNBC segments in which people speaking mention, “Women, children are being used as political props,” followed by, “…purposefully caught by surprise in a chaotic situation, without anyone to care for them.

The ad, which runs a surprisingly long full minute, goes back to Crist at the 28 second mark. 

“Mocking their fight for freedom, it makes me sick,” Crist says. “But not surprising, because that’s who he is.”

The ad moves to South Florida’s Chuck Todd, who makes an appearance in his role as Meet the Press host as he relates to the audience, over images of DeSantis, “These recent stunts — they never have been about serious solutions. What they are is an attempt to get national attention.”

Crist ties in the latest brouhaha into a perceived universal theory of DeSantis’ politics.

“He does it to distract from his extreme agenda,” Crist says, over color-desaturated video of DeSantis, “telling women they cannot make decisions about their own bodies, banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest.”

The ad hits the homestretch with positive visuals of Crist meeting with voters around the state.

“We must come together to defeat him,” Crist says. “To build a state we can all be proud of. A Florida that works for all.” 

Wes Wolfe

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39 comments

  • Pastor Sandell

    September 17, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Jesus was socially left. The right wing only professes to be religious but are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They do nothing for anyone who isn’t rich, they divide, they look down on people, they vote for maniacs and greedy crooks. Jesus Christ himself called out people like modern day “conservatives” for the phoneys that they are. Throwing pennies in a plate at church for some grifter doesn’t count for anything. These people are gonna roast in hell.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 17, 2022 at 11:14 am

      Pastor. Where is your Church and Parish?At your sermon tomorrow float the possibility of taking in thousands and upping the weekly contribution on your congregation to feed, clothe, shelter, educate and provide medical. I’m sure they will gladly pony up.

      • Pastor Sandell

        September 17, 2022 at 1:09 pm

        Yet another false witness, liar, and far right propagandist. I don’t make a dime off of preaching. You leveling accusations at religious people just shows how low you neo nazis have fallen. I tell you every one of you will rot in hell if you don’t change your wicked and disgusting ways.

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      • marylou

        September 17, 2022 at 1:56 pm

        DeSatan calls himself a Christian, so maybe you could list the values that Desantis shares with Christ???

        • Impeach Biden

          September 17, 2022 at 3:16 pm

          Marylou. How many busses can we send to your neighborhood and house? We simply can’t feed, clothe, house, educate, and give free medical to anyone that wants to come here. We must have sovereign borders and a legal means to enter. The Joe Biden free for all has to stop.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 17, 2022 at 3:24 pm

            👆 Jesus fed the 5,000…this guy said it’s not possible.

          • Instead

            September 18, 2022 at 2:00 am

            “How many buses can we send to your house?”

            You think I won’t just tell them to go to yours? Lol

          • Tjb

            September 18, 2022 at 10:44 am

            FACT: Immigrants in the United States have about a net zero effect on government budgets — they pay about as much in taxes as they consume in benefits.

          • marylou

            September 18, 2022 at 1:09 pm

            I don’t know much about the immigration situation , but it didn’t start in 2021. The Legislature–who has had decades to pass laws— and Presidents need to stop using it as a campaign issue. US needs to stop damaging economies, governments, living conditions and livelihoods, and environments of nations whose people are arriving at the southern border. US needs to include all countries of “the Americas”, in (frequent) talks, not just all democracies, like happened at the Summit of the Americas. Presidents should be visiting all nations in “the Americas”— often. Unless there’s some reason that I haven’t heard (good chance of that!), Biden should have been visiting the southern border since elected.

            That said, Desantis’s stunt was cruel and appears to have broken state and federal laws. Since he appears to feel that Christianity guides his performance as governor, Desantis should explain to Floridians which of Jesus’ values he shares. I haven’t heard him be specific, so I’m asking Republicans on FP what they’ve seen or heard. ??

    • Mel Martin

      September 18, 2022 at 12:08 pm

      Jesus was NOT a socialist at all. He didn’t call upon the Romans to feed his sheep. He called upon his peope.

  • Tom

    September 17, 2022 at 10:58 am

    You are a corrupt human, you soil your cloth and undies.

    Just another corrupt alias, Joey corsin is a liar, loser.

    This has nothing to do with religion! If so, how about abortion.

    Chameleon is a loser, like you!

    This is classic chameleon, 3 faced and dishonest. Where is your concern bout the 750 who died crossing illegally ? The 75 in river and 100’s in desert?

    Shut the hell up! You leftists corrupt dum Dems.
    Soros Manchurian nation, you all are mental.

    • Pastor Sandell

      September 17, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Tom is a fine example of what I’m talking about. You gonna burn in hell you asshole!

      • Tom

        September 17, 2022 at 12:54 pm

        LMAO, you ignore all points raised.
        Shocked you didn’t mention Trump.

        Shut the hell up you degenerate sick bastard, Joey Corsin. Hiding behind the soiled cloth.

        You could care less bout the dead per Biden and Harris’s hands. 750 dead at border! 2 million illegals.

        You and you hypocrites.
        Shut the hell up.

        • Pastor Sandell

          September 17, 2022 at 1:12 pm

          You aren’t a conservative buddy. No conservative would curse a man of God. You just a neo nazi lunatic. Looks like to me you are drunk or perhaps mentally crippled. Why don’t you go see a doctor? Too expensive? Thank people like Rick Scott…

          • Tom

            September 17, 2022 at 1:24 pm

            LMAO, you are a corrupt sinister being, Joey corsin. Totally ignorant.

            My facts stand.
            You and the rest of the Manchurian nation are faceless.

            750 dead this year at border.
            Over 100,000 dead fentanyl.
            Biden and that idiot Harris, all on them. Every death.

            Only with America’s Gov sending to Martha’s Vineyard did the media and liberal idiots change course. Pathetic.

            America’s Gov the best!
            Gov Abbott proving how ignorant Harris is. Facts are funny things.

          • Pastor Sandell

            September 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm

            Seek help for schizophrenia Tom. Otherwise you are headed for jail.. ultimately hell.

          • Tom

            September 17, 2022 at 2:45 pm

            Fake moniker pastor, alias Joey corsin.

            Those who engage in false witness will suffer at the hands of the father!

            An avalanche will fall upon you for your false witness! You face damnation.

            You, Biden, Harris, Mayorkas, Garland, Schumer, Pelosi, 750 dead at border!
            Silence, blood on hands.

            Harris says border secure, what a liar!

            Fake moniker, corrupt Joey.

          • Pastor Sandell

            September 17, 2022 at 3:25 pm

            You gonna burn for your lies you asshole..

      • Terry

        September 17, 2022 at 5:04 pm

        I’ve never heard the Pastor at my church call someone an asshole. I think the the good pastor may be another one of the many alias of at least one person that post on this forum. I can’t understand why Florida Politics let’s this person get away with it. But, then again the owner of Florida Politics -P.S- his wife was a campaign worker for Mr. Crist when he was running for the US House of Representatives in the district that included St. Petersburg.

        • Pastor Sandell

          September 17, 2022 at 5:57 pm

          Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Look how the church folded when Hitler came along. Not me pal. I call it like I see it.

        • I know

          September 18, 2022 at 2:03 am

          “I have never heard the pastor of my church”

          You don’t hear alot of things people say about you lol

  • Impeach Biden

    September 17, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Dear Children of the God. Again let’s set up a tent city in Pinellas County and welcome thousands there. Let’s put a strain on all of your social services in Pinellas County, eventually raising taxes there so you can feed, clothe, house, educate and provide free medical to your new neighbors. I’m sure the current “LEGAL” citizens will fully support your initiative.

    • Tjb

      September 17, 2022 at 11:28 am

      FACT: Immigrants in the United States have about a net zero effect on government budgets — they pay about as much in taxes as they consume in benefits.

      • Tom

        September 17, 2022 at 11:38 am

        Tjb,
        U are deranged.
        They drag our economy down and push citizens to sidelines for jobs and for cheaper labor.
        You are such a idiot!
        Typical Dem Dum.

        • Tjb

          September 18, 2022 at 10:46 am

          FACT: Immigrants in the United States have about a net zero effect on government budgets — they pay about as much in taxes as they consume in benefits.
          A fact that came from a Conservative think tank study

      • Hank Johnson

        September 17, 2022 at 11:40 am

        This country simply can’t take everyone from around the world that simply wants to come here. That is a fact.

        • Word play

          September 18, 2022 at 2:05 am

          Guess you will just be replaced.
          What a great theory lol

    • Pastor Sandell

      September 17, 2022 at 1:14 pm

      You going to hell you asshole…

      • Impeach Biden

        September 17, 2022 at 1:49 pm

        We are saving this country from Leftists, extremists like yourself Pastor. Your God is George Soros who’s goal is to destroy this great country. We are the resistance.

        • Pastor Sandell

          September 17, 2022 at 1:56 pm

          You aren’t saving a damn thing. You’re gonna get yourself locked up like Q-Shaman or killed like Ashli “Old Yeller” Babbitt. Turn from you sin against God and the nation or you will be annihilated and sent to screaming hell.

  • Don’t Look Up

    September 17, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    This Desantis theatrics marks the end of his 2024 presidential campaign. MAGA’s can fund him …. but he’ll never be elected. DeSantis will be very lucky if he doesn’t get thrown out of the governor’s office in eight weeks.

    Let the federal criminal investigations proceed after the midterms. I’m sure this investigation will take longer than Trump’s failed Durham investigation!

  • Brandon

    September 17, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    The election is over! Bye Bye Charlie!

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  • Hope

    September 17, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Charlie’s “Faith” advertisement is a hypocritical display of virtue. If you must view it I would suggest you have some anti-nausea medication on hand.

  • Phil Morton

    September 18, 2022 at 5:03 am

    Great ad Charlie, keep it up!

  • I am what I am

    September 18, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Martha vineyard needs port workers for large coke boat’s

  • marylou

    September 18, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I’m okay with sending anchor grand-baby RonDUH back to Italy. I’d even give him a life jacket and compass for his swim over.

  • I am what I am

    September 18, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Violin 🎻 music to gods charity’s for a election 500.000 dead and all he could say is mexico deserves better treatment then other cultures

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