Gov. DeSantis jokes about ‘insurrection’ while discussing Capitol protest restrictions

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'If they're doing that from the Left, then the media says that's democracy in action.'

Appearing in Jacksonville, Gov. Ron DeSantis offered a joke about the Capitol insurrection while discussing a proposal to ban protests at the Florida Capitol.

“It’s interesting that if they’re doing that from the Left, then the media says that’s ‘democracy in action.’ They don’t say it’s an insurrection if you take over a capitol because of that, but I think that’s what it’s getting to.”

The Governor had commented on Jan. 6 previously, including last spring when he said concern about the riots that delayed congressional certification of the 2020 Presidential Election was a “dead horse” and a “loser” with voters. Thursday’s remarks show he has not moved from that stance.

In January of last year, he offered similar dismissals of the focus of media and Democrats on the anniversary of the Capitol riots.

“This is their Christmas,” he said of the media and Democrats at a January 2022 press conference in West Palm Beach, when asked about the anniversary of the riot. He expanded on that take in a subsequent fundraising email, contending that “Jan. 6th is like Christmas for the out-of-touch D.C., New York political and media class.”

DeSantis’ latest downplaying of the insurrection came after he was asked to comment on the tightening of rules around demonstrations that have been typical up until now, with the latest reporting from POLITICO Florida contending that such gatherings must “align” with the mission of the state. He claimed to know little about the Department of Management Services (DMS) decree.

“We’ve been very supportive of people being able to speak their mind, it’s their right, they should do it. But we’ve also said, you know, you don’t have a right to hijack and do like a heckler’s veto and to stop the functioning of government. And so I think that’s probably what it is, but our folks can follow up with you about more,” DeSantis added.

“I would imagine that it’s just, you know, you go there and you speak your mind, great. But you’ll have some groups that will try to take over capitols like we’ve seen in other state capitals,” he added.

The Matt Dixon piece in POLITICO Florida quoted a letter to prospective demonstrators: “One material change to the Rule is that events must align with state agency missions and applications must come from an agency sponsor. Once a sponsorship has been obtained, the state agency shall submit the required application to DMS on behalf of the requestor.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Josh Green

    February 23, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Banning protests is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment, but this is Fascist DeSantist we’re talking about.

    The Constitution is just toilet paper to him.

    • Robert C Bandl

      February 24, 2023 at 10:23 am

      Please show me where he made the tiniest reference to “banning protests” You people only see and hear what you want to see and hear. Mostly leaving out facts and context. SMH

      • cassandra

        February 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

        “…the Rule is that events *MUST ALIGN* with state agency missions…”—-DMS letter

        This statement *BANS* any event that does not align.
        “see and hear”? “You people” (your term) doesn’t even appear to look.

  • Rebecca

    February 23, 2023 at 10:43 am

    The Governor, shooting off his mouth once again. His biggest political liability is his big mouth.

  • AnnainFL

    February 23, 2023 at 10:53 am

    The gatherings must align with the mission of the state? Isn’t that what a protest is when you don’t agree with the mission of the state? How is an event (Jan. 6th insurrection) like Christmas for anyone. That is so fu$@#& up for him to say. There were actual lives lost there. Not that he would care about that.

    • Robert C Bandl

      February 24, 2023 at 10:25 am

      There was only one life lost and the capitol officer who committed the murder should have been charged. You people dont even know what happened but you will run your mouths.

      • yellowtv

        February 24, 2023 at 12:39 pm

        How to say “I’m in a cult” without saying…

      • Yes We do

        February 28, 2023 at 4:34 pm

        “You people don’t even know what happened”

        A bunch of right wingers found the one leftist cop in the capitol and discovered not all of them are against guns lol

        • Paul Passarelli

          February 28, 2023 at 9:37 pm

          Let me ask you one serious question:

          *If* it was an insurrection, how many bullet holes do you think the capitol cop would have received in retaliation?

          I’ll wait…

          The fact that he received ***ZERO*** gunshot wounds, and not even any return fire, is a damn convincing argument that the people you call insurrectionists were little more than foolish trespassers.

          • Tjb

            March 1, 2023 at 2:23 pm

            The house members (Rep and Dem) in the chamber were fearing for their lives along with VP Pence. The insurrectionist was a mob out of control.
            Again, when I read your comments, I am amazed that you even had 1% of the votes when you ran for state office in Connecticut.

          • Paul Passarelli

            March 1, 2023 at 8:27 pm


            As usual for you, that was not responsive to the question.

            At least the ‘Yes We do’ fake alias had the good sense to remain silent. Perhaps you could learn something.

            BTW: How many votes did you get?
            “Survey said ZERO!” — Richard Dawson “The Family Feud”

  • Paul Passarelli

    February 23, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Stop calling it an insurrection; lest ye find yourself to be call’d a traitor and an enemy of the people.

    • yellowtv

      February 24, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      Bless your heart

  • Ocean Joe

    February 23, 2023 at 11:41 am

    “If they’re doing that from the left…”
    Back in the 1940’s, some Puerto Rican nationalists set off a bomb in the capitol. Dont know if you consider them left or right or what, but the media accounts did not treat the event lightly.
    And here’s the problem:
    The left did not do this, even though the right tried to gaslight folks claiming it was antifa. It wasn’t. It was deluded white trash Trump supporters who buy into his idiotic election denialism.
    At the time, our governor said they ought to be prosecuted. He was right then, just like when he was among the first to get the covid vaccine. Somehow this leopard is changing his spots to out-Trump Trump.

    • Paul Passarelli

      February 23, 2023 at 5:06 pm

      Do you mean the FALN? They were ***LEFTWING*** Puerto Rican terrorists.

      Obviously I don’t remember their actions in the 1940s, but I do remember their shit from the 1970s.

      Calling them ‘nationalists’ is a joke. They wanted to become the petty dictators of another banana republic. They looked to Cuba which was only 90 miles off the Florida coast and rationalized that their extra distance would persuade the US to let them have the island.

      The difference was that Cuba under Battista was truly oppressive, but Puerto Rico under the US Congress was a benign form of laissez-faire oversight.

      So Joe, who are you? Really? I’m tired of the Fake Aliases. Are you afraid to post under your real name because you know that you are parroting the Democrat lies about so many things?

      • Lake Joe

        February 24, 2023 at 10:53 am

        They called themselves nationalists… you daft or something? So triggered by simply stating the truth that the right tried to blame everyone but themselves for Jan 6th. It was laughable… but thats the GOP today, nonsense

        • Paul Passarelli

          February 24, 2023 at 1:07 pm

          They can and do call themselves whatever hey want. It’s in the nature of the Leftists to simply twist the meanings of words to suit their agenda.

          DDR – Deutsche Democratic Republic (East Germany)
          CCCP (USSR) – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
          DPRK – Democratic People’s Republic Korea
          BRV – Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

          Just a short list of liars. Want more?

  • Ron Sherrin

    February 23, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Politics in Florida are ugly. Sunshine State, not hardly. The skies are very dark in Florida.

    • Robert C Bandl

      February 24, 2023 at 10:26 am

      What is so ugly about it? Its only ugly if you are a liberal/progressive/leftist sheep.

      • Wrong

        February 28, 2023 at 4:37 pm

        It’s where meth opioids guns and Florida man all become one and the last one became governor.

        It’s not even sunny it’s rainy most of the time lol

  • Stan

    February 23, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    So by Baby trumps statement. If the left tried to overthrow the government, tried to hang the VP and commit murder. Would the left be considered “patriots ” as well ? Or this rule only applies to Confederate sympathizers and Nazi sympathizers?

    • Paul Passarelli

      February 23, 2023 at 5:15 pm

      Hmmm… If the Left were to *try* (I say ‘try’ because the ‘wokes’ can hardly change a tire, let alone a government), now, under Sleepy Joe, yes they would be branded patriots. Because the current holders of power (note: I do not call them leaders) are traitors to their oaths & the U.S. of A.

      But I’m just woolgathering at the moment.

      • essey howard

        February 24, 2023 at 5:44 am

        Woke means you’re not stupid , woke means you’re aware of what’s going on.woke means you’re head is not stuck up the butt of the racist governor of Florida

      • Mr. Haney

        February 24, 2023 at 6:01 am

        The traitor seems to be you who also happens to be an idiot.

  • Paul Passarelli

    February 24, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Woke may not mean you are stupid, but it does mean that you are inclined to accept stupidity. Woke may mean you are aware of what’s going on, but it also means that you are oblivious to the situation on the ground. Woke means that you have your head between your knees, your ass up in the air, and are getting pounded by George Soros’s Useful Idiot brigade. Woke means that when you have lost the debate you call your opponent racist.

    Sometimes I wonder why I waste my time trying to reach people that are convinced that the ringing in their ears is not normal, it’s their echo chamber deafening them to the tranquil sounds of quiet sanity.

    • yellowtv

      February 24, 2023 at 12:33 pm

      Pshaw, “wasting your time”?. You are surely the MOST well-informed, persuasive and clever person! Why are thinking people not convinced by YOUR deafening sanity?

    • Robert Frobershire

      February 24, 2023 at 3:47 pm

      Woke means everything you don’t like. We get it. It’s branded that way on purpose by your political heroes. Enjoy your life hating people because they are different. Cheers.

      • Paul Passarelli

        February 24, 2023 at 4:45 pm

        Hmmm… Things that *I* don’t like. Does that mean you are in favor of those thing I don’t like? Stupidity? Celebration of stupidity? Infliction of pain? Acceptance of the infliction of pain? Depravity? Need I go on?

        Robert, you mistakenly assume that I am hostile to differences? How else can I say that you are wrong, except to say that you are wronger than wrong?

        I have no issue with differences. I don’t even have a problem with those that are simply _ignornat_ of the current situation — provided that they are not celebrating their ignorance or refusing to correct it by *learning* the facts.

        It’s been said: “Ignorance is a disease whose treatment is knowledge. Stupidity is the form of the disease that resists treatment.”


    February 24, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Hmm, judging by the on-cue regurgitation of GOP talking points, somebody seems to be working hard to earn their flack keep…

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