Ron DeSantis says ‘national regime media’ wanted Hurricane Ian to hit Tampa

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'If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is speaking out against the “national regime media” getting the forecast wrong relative to Hurricane Ian’s landfall.

DeSantis, during an exclusive interview with the right-of-center Florida’s Voice website, was asked if there would be any “accountability in the media” for reporting that the storm had been forecast to strike the Tampa Bay area.

“Quite frankly, you have national regime media that … wanted to see Tampa, because they thought that would be worse for Florida. That’s how these people think,” DeSantis said, in an interview publicized Tuesday morning.

“They don’t care about the people of this state. They don’t care about the people of this community. They want to use storms and destruction from storms as a way to advance their agenda. And they don’t care what destruction’s in their wake. They don’t care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it,” DeSantis asserted, without explaining what agenda could be served by a storm striking a major population center.

While the administration was “obviously concerned about Tampa, too,” the Governor noted “there was so much emphasis on it” that “people said, ‘I’m 125 miles away from here, maybe I’m better off hunkering down.'”

DeSantis didn’t offer specific examples of “regime media” malefactors in his Florida’s Voice interview, but he has shown a propensity to mix it up with national reporters covering Ian’s aftermath with a critical eye toward how the state handled the run-up to the storm.

When a CNN reporter asked him during a press availability in Arcadia about Lee County’s mandatory evacuation order issued a day before landfall, DeSantis turned the tables on his interlocutor.

“Well, where was your industry stationed when the storm hit?” DeSantis replied, as reported by Fox News. “Were you guys in Lee County? No, you were in Tampa.”

His General Election opponent condemned the “disgusting” remarks.

“A true leader is accountable for their words and deeds. It is disgusting to see Ron DeSantis blame anyone and everyone, whether it’s the media or Floridians who are trying to help their neighbors, rather than own up to his failure of leadership,” asserted Democrat Charlie Crist.

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


63 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    October 4, 2022 at 11:09 am

    The media is against the far right, neo nazi GOP. This is understandable. If the GOP goes back to being normal then the media will stop anti-fascist activities. Until then it’s their duty.

    • JD

      October 4, 2022 at 12:07 pm

      Lol. I don’t think you know what the word fascism means, similar to the right-wingers who don’t know what communism means.

      • Elliott Offen

        October 4, 2022 at 12:14 pm

        Fascists try to disrupt free and fair electoral processes in a myriad of ways, teach “patriotic education”, and of course we have DeSantis trying to Balkanize the United States starting with Florida. Then we have all the far right propaganda out there that just magically came from nowhere right???

      • Keith

        October 5, 2022 at 3:20 pm

        “fas·​cism | \ ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi- \
        Definition of fascism
        1. often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”

        Sounds like the GOP to me

    • Youre Mumme

      October 4, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      But he used it correctly. When GOP candidates say things like “blood & soil” they know exactly who they are talking to.

      • David

        October 6, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        Close this content
        Complex
        Andrew Gillum, Who Ran Against Ron DeSantis in 2018, Charged With Fraud and Conspiracy
        I guess you voted for this fool?

    • Diane

      October 5, 2022 at 12:42 pm

      Elliot, I understood your comment and you are right on target.

  • Tom

    October 4, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Great interview, very accurate.
    Scurrilous attempts to bloviate lies my media.
    Just like he called out CBS 60 mints lies.
    CNN interview spells it out. He totally crushed it. Idiot Elliot, sorry your pathetic justification falls short. Media tells dum Dem party the talking points to parrot.

    Corp nets and cable non Fox media have lost all credibility. People aren’t watching, listening.
    Your answer justifies why.

    America’s Gov has become master in blowing your fake narratives.

    • Joe Corsin

      October 4, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      👆All bullshit

    • nail

      October 4, 2022 at 12:31 pm

      Tom/Christina Pushaw never fails to amuse with his lies. As Desantis’ biggest fanboy he/she/it never fails to hit any article that has Desatan in it.

      Florida’s COVID-19 data was so inaccurate, incomplete and delayed that government officials and the public may not have had necessary information to determine the effectiveness of the state’s COVID-19 precautions (what precautions ) and the best plan to fight the virus, according to a state report.

      Covering the state’s pandemic response from March to October 2020, the analysis by the state auditor general found missing case and death data, unreported demographic details and incomplete contact tracing as the virus spread across the state. In addition, the report concluded that state health officials did not perform routine checks on the data to ensure accuracy and did not follow up on discrepancies.

      Every Desatan appointed is a shulmp, and incompetent. So glad Tom mentioned 60 minutes. As any fanboy that is paid for his “views” Tom would circle to this farse from Desantan. Who does not know what Desatan did with the “pay for vax” game he had going on.
      Hate to tell you Tom, but DeSatan lies., but you knew that. Yes, he is as close to a trump 2.0 as you are ever going to see.
      That is why he will fail in the election. Ever hear the Story of the Bable, ithe Devil brought it to Desatans door.
      Maybe will have his concession speech with those Nancy Sinatra boots on. In all my yrs on Twitter, I have never seen a roast like what he is going through, even the QAnon GQP have joined in.

    • Tjb

      October 4, 2022 at 1:56 pm

      If the fake news media can influence Governor DeSantis, how would a skilled manipulator, such as Putin, control President DeSantis?

      • Youre Mumme

        October 4, 2022 at 7:41 pm

        with money

    • Really Now

      October 4, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      You DO realize the MEDIA are not the people who push the buttons on who evacs and who doesn’t? They REPORT on the weather and what the people in charge do, NOT the other way around which is how DeSantis wants to play it. Sorry, BS at its best. Look at the historical maps available on NOAA, the hardest hit area was ALWAYS in the cone.

      https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2022/IAN_graphics.php?product=key_messages

    • bj

      October 4, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      Wow so in Florida the media is responsible for evacuations?
      Not the governor or weather bureau?

    • Mr. Haney

      October 4, 2022 at 5:02 pm

      Utter garbage. Get some help, you need it.

    • John

      October 4, 2022 at 11:25 pm

      you’re full of even more BS than the party of right-wing extremism and AUTHORITARIANISM

    • t-rtuh

      October 5, 2022 at 7:52 am

      Um…So you’re ACTUALLY claiming that there was a huge WORLDWIDE conspiracy to make all of the hurricane predictions inaccurate just to make DeSantis look bad?

      Look up the world “insane” and try to understand how it 100% applies to you.

      • Diane

        October 5, 2022 at 12:49 pm

        Oh, it goes worse than that. There was a Deep State conspiracy carried out to success. They dropped a nuke in the hurricane which magically caused it to hit in DeSantis’ state with devastating results, and set up DeSantis to make a fool of himself, again, and again. Now I hear Trump is suing the Deep State because it was his idea – straight from his great brain – to use nukes to change the weather.

    • David

      October 6, 2022 at 1:27 pm

      https://www.cbsnews.com › news › andrew-gillum-found-at-scene-of-suspected-drug-overdose-in-miami-hotel-room-2020-03-13
      Andrew Gillum found at scene of suspected drug overdose in Miami hotel …
      Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2018, was found by police at South Beach hotel early Friday, accompanied by a man who was suspected to have overdosed on drugs …

      Yea, these fools voted for this pos, shows how logical their talking points are.

  • David in Shoreline

    October 4, 2022 at 11:54 am

    The news media can keep trying to sell their lies. The public has stopped buying. DeSantis has substantial majority support, his hurricane response has been best in class and he will easily win re-election in November.

    • Tjb

      October 4, 2022 at 4:22 pm

      48 hours before Ian landed on Fort Myers’s Beach, the National Weather Service was predicting a storm surge of 9 to 12 feet hitting this area. What is the public safety rule for evacuation on barrier islands for this type situation?

    • Bp

      October 4, 2022 at 4:53 pm

      Shut up and sit down.

    • Youre Mumme

      October 4, 2022 at 7:43 pm

      he barely won with just over 51%, that is not substantial, but i know the GOP is bad with math and science

    • t-rtuh

      October 5, 2022 at 7:54 am

      What response? Claiming that there was a weather media conspiracy that projected the wrong path of the storm?

      Hooray for conspiracy theories instead of actual leadership! That’s apparently what Republican voters want–more lies.

  • tjb

    October 4, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Interestingly, Ron DeSantis was the “expert” on Covid, and he knew more than knowledgeable virologist scientists.
    Also, he would frequently criticize the “fake news” for their reporting on Covid.
    If he knew these media outlets were giving misinformation in the past, why did he believe in their reporting on Ian? Does the state have an agency that tracks the forecast of Hurricanes that would have given DeSantis accurate information? Why is DeSantis now not an expert on meteorology when he was the expert on virology?

    • nail

      October 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about law enforcement than anyone else. ( but he cut their budget)
      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about education than anyone else. (but he changed history, The Constitution is based on the 10 Commandments under DeSantis)
      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about economics than anyone else. (But FL is a welfare state taking 18-35% from the federal govt each year)
      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about medicine than anyone else. (but look at who he hired as the SG Dr. Voodoo)
      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about public health than anyone else. (but talk to those almost 85,000 dead from Covid)
      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about election laws than anyone else. (look how he suppressed FL election laws)
      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about critical race theory than anyone else. (He thinks CRT is how you explain sex to children)

      Ron Desantis believes that he knows more about everything than anyone else. (but trump knows more, he said so)

      Ron Desantis believes that he should decide all of these questions for the rest of us.

      No thanks.

      • Tom

        October 4, 2022 at 3:18 pm

        Good effort on talking points Nail, just wrong.

        Everything you pathetically outlined he is correct.

        • Tom Dumbass

          October 4, 2022 at 3:27 pm

          “Everything you pathetically outlined he is correct.” – Tom Dumbass

          • Tom

            October 4, 2022 at 3:43 pm

            Human ass wipe, Joey Soros corsin!

          • The Real Tom

            October 4, 2022 at 4:36 pm

            “human ass wipe” – Tom DeDumbass 😂

  • Hope

    October 4, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    DeSantis was ahead of the regime media regarding the storm so the regime media should be questioned as to their conduct and DeSantis hailed in handling Ian in an exemplary way. Ron DeSantis America’s Governor!

    • Joe Corsin

      October 4, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      👆 North Korean parade attendee…

    • nail

      October 4, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      Good job? You must watch Fox? Did he have a sharpie and tell you he never saw that cone from Friday after Ian hit Cuba? You must have that left over syndrome from Qtrumpie, “what you see and what you hear are not really happening” He needs to see if he can get those feet out of his mouth before he talks again.
      He would have been better off in a film studio instead, creating the scenes he wanted to look like he did something for recovery, instead of throwing volunteers of the street delivering meals and water.

      Do you travel outside of that metal hovel? You need a human friend and Desantis, like trump, could care less if you died in front of him. You would make a nice stepping stone so his white boots can stay pristine.

      • Tom

        October 4, 2022 at 3:41 pm

        Nail.
        Covid, 100 yr pandemic.
        Cat 4/5 hurricane, topping out 145 miles.
        500 year floods.
        Surfside collapse.

        No Governor in modern history has confronted reckoning as this Gov.
        Overall, grade A. 5 star effort.

        Nail, you Navarro, Cardenas, Morning how, Joe are used toilet paper.

        • The Real Tom

          October 4, 2022 at 4:39 pm

          “morning how Joe are used toilet paper” – Intellectually disabled Tom

    • Mr. Haney

      October 4, 2022 at 5:04 pm

      Where do you idiots come from?

      • Youre Mumme

        October 4, 2022 at 7:44 pm

        Florida!

  • tom palmer

    October 4, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Just when you think Gov. DeSantis couldn’t say anything weirder, he surprises us. A direct hit on Tampa is something emergency planners have been discussing for years. His response to CNN was odd. What reporter in his right mind would travel to a place where there was a predicted 10-foot storm surge? Tampa was a relatively safe place to station staff.

    • nail

      October 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

      Yep, the cracks are forming in his greasy head. Buy the time he realizes he has not got a shot at this election, his head is gong to explode.
      First thing he needs to do is gr=et rid of Christina Pushaw. If he acted normal like he did when first elected, he may have stood a change. But he listened to the Hungarian Princess, friend and lover to all autocratic oligarchs, and she is getting him in deeper and deeper. Never mind that Casey does bot want her under his desk any longer.

  • Jose Santiago

    October 4, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    He’s absolutely right though. Democrats’ mouths were watering at the fact that a hurricane was coming, and it could be potentially beneficial to their campaign. Whoever doesn’t see that is blind, Its the same as Republicans when an illegal immigrant commits a crime. the true enemy is the two party system that keeps people divided. with that being said, I still think Desantis is doing and has done an exemplary job during this disaster.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 4, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      Hate to be rude, absolutely hate it, but you’re wrong, wrong, wrong.

      Tampa votes Blue, why would Dems want a storm to screw up and dampen turnout?

      Hurricanes give the incumbent a platform, unlimited, free publicity. Crist’s campaign went dark out of respect.
      Why would Dems want to give that opportunity to Desantis?
      Maybe you should have your eyes checked.

      Now you’re right, right, right about the problems our two party system causes, and I think, like you, that Desantis has done a good job with the hurricane, I think his first year in office was pretty good, just as I think Charlie’s last year as governor was good, but since then Desantis has gone over the top with culture nonsense for one reason: the GOP presidential nomination.

      • Yurre Mumme

        October 4, 2022 at 7:45 pm

        Ha! you can’t use facts and logic with conservatives. He will probably say that dems invented hurricanes just to spite Desantis.

      • Jerry

        October 4, 2022 at 10:23 pm

        They wanted mass destruction to further push their climate change agenda.

        Just like the left wing was cheering for more COVID cases and deaths throughout the pandemic. A worse pandemic equals more power and control. A permanent state of emergency where its easier to implement changes that would otherwise not be possible. Never let a crisis go to waste, right?

    • Not Tom

      October 4, 2022 at 4:27 pm

      Jose, That’s just wrong and you are stupid for pretending to believe it.

    • Mr. Haney

      October 4, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      Another moron.

  • 2blind2see

    October 4, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    listening to republican leaders is like listening to a child complaining; mom he’s touching me, mom he’s breathing on me. well, he thought it. It never gets out of the infant stage….

  • Yrral

    October 4, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    The money used too send these migrant to Martha Vineyard could of been used to buy , weather buoy to measure the height of these waves,they cost less than 8 thousands dollars ,these waves were at least 10 of ft tall,while Ian was at sea,the NHC has not committed , whether these storm will even develop,they are just tropical lows,a high will be blocking them for a week,if they do develop. Google Wave Measuring Weather Buoy

  • Santhosh

    October 4, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Do not have enough knowledge of the political view points but what was called out in the interview regarding the positioning was right.
    Everyone was stationed in Tampa St Pete and Clearwater and it was almost sure that landfall will be around that region. even as close to 12 hours before landfall, ft myers was placed on the far right of cone. Naples was not mentioned at all. .With all the advances in technology, this track was way off and no one has acknowledged this as something to be looked at.

    • Concern Citizen

      October 4, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      Fort Myers’s was in the hurricane cone … on the edge but in the cone.

      • Tom

        October 4, 2022 at 4:46 pm

        Tropical 2 swirling ocean typhooncane…

  • Yrral

    October 4, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    It would of not matters,the cone of uncertainty,the wind speed and the depth of the ocean, determined the height of these waves,the next storm will generally wash away ,what Ian did not , these people should of never been allowed to stay on this island,we are at peak hurricane season , imagine the height of a wave, a 155 mph storm can produce,this should be included in the next hurricane,the height of the wave Google Speed of Wind,Plus depth of water, determine wave height

    • Not Tom

      October 4, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      The “people in charge” should have told them to get out. People I know in Tampa left when mandatory evacuations were posted there. Every other surrounding county did. I will bet you some were waiting for that to happen. But sure, let’s overlook that fact and blame the regime media, whatever that is.

  • Not Tom

    October 4, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    What on earth is “national regime media” anyway. That’s a new one. I thought DeSantis was at least a literate and intelligent version of TFG. I guess I was wrong, he’s just another dolt.

  • Yrral

    October 4, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Not Tom,a Texas grand jury in Bexar county will soon ,hear charges of Desantis, committing human smuggling in Texas,a predominantly Hispanic community Google Desantis Bexar County Grand Jury

  • ScienceBLVR

    October 4, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    DeSantis never ceases to amaze me with his never ending narcissism and total lack of empathy compassion or humanity. But, hey, did you catch his clown act in the knee high white boots? Who does he think he is, Nancy Sinatra? What a lowlife doofus.

  • Meredith Lee Ayling Shaw

    October 4, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    This man is sick. As Floridians we all watch and wait as these storms approach, with trepidation. As a homeowner living in Panama City when Michael hit, I am so, so offended by this horrible man’s comments. He is simply disturbed.

  • Yrral

    October 4, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    TD,12:will be a short-lived system,it will fizzle out by Thursday ,the Gulf got a high all week,it will block any storm from entering the Gulf this week T D 11 will enter the Caribbean next week

  • Beth

    October 5, 2022 at 5:18 am

    Wow DeSantis has really lost his mind. His level of paranoia is quite concerning. Does he really believe people are sitting around plotting for a hurricane to hit Florida? I am so sick and tired of his continuing clown show. The guy needs to long rest in a psychiatric facility.

  • KDL

    October 5, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    DeSantis doesn’t put up with the BS that all leftists swallow whole. Democrats succeed when the economy is down, when unemployment is high and things are generally bad…because people will want to lean to the government for help. Not each other. So they generally want things to go bad. They complain when good things are happening to our communities and they revel when bad things happen, and the bigger the area affected the more they are thrilled. The media take the LEAD of this complaining of Democrats and voters. This is what DeSantis understands about the media and Democrats and leftists. He saw how Trump was succeeding beyond expectations and was heading for reelection, and the Democrats and their minions started the 500 riots for George Floyd in our country and the pandemic and just kept throwing gas on that fire with the media in tow ramping up the fear and unrest and racial disharmony. You see, that’s what makes the Democrats succeed is bad crap. And it worked Trump was beaten. DeSantis understands this teamwork between the media and Democrats/leftists. That’s what he was pointing out…the truth. And that’s why people vote for him.

  • Yrral

    October 5, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Ian did impact Tampa,you do need to be in the eyewall is define as the radius of the wind, Tampa was within 46 miles of the center circulation at 1 am Thursday morning, near 27.5,-81.4 according to NHC Midnight Thursday advisory

  • Copernicus

    October 5, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Twitter is full of tweets and links to articles identifying DeSantis and wishing destruction on Florida to spite him. Pretending this isn’t true doesn’t help your cause. It makes you look uniformed and foolish.

    • Sad

      October 15, 2022 at 10:16 pm

      Twitter is also full of sexual predators, MAGA fanatics, Mass-shooter wannabees, and other bizarre and dangerous people. Of course some ass on Twitter is going to write something stupid about whole peoples or states. The existence of Twitter dorks does not have anything to do with the Democratic Party unless a Democrat politician writes it and the rest of their party machine magnifies it (the way the GOP party machine magnifies the hateful and violence-inciting crap that Rightwing liars and MAGA Twitterers put out). Get real about the true nature of the Twitter universe and about the true nature of the BS you have been fed or chosen to eat.

  • Candy16

    October 10, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Mercy!
    I own a home and live in Tampa, Fl
    and consider myself a moderate Democrat. I listen to and read various political versions of news media articles and expressed opinions. I have not heard or read that “they” wanted Ian to hit Tampa. Please share the source where this was written, stated or discussed.

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