Ron DeSantis super PAC says Florida Politics is backed by groomers

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Never Back Down applied the derisive description to Disney Cruise passengers.

The super PAC supporting Ron DeSantis attacked Florida Politics as a media outlet being “backed by groomers.”

The reason? Publisher Peter Schorsch posted pictures from aboard a Disney cruise.

Never Back Down, a super PAC supporting DeSantis’ presidential ambitions, leveled its attack on Twitter.

A volley of criticism started after Never Back Down shared a clip of DeSantis’ Friday speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. DeSantis raised his recent legal fights with “woke Disney,” and tossed a barb at rivals for the GOP presidential nomination who criticized the Governor for the feud.

“The sad thing is, a lot of these Republicans are siding with Disney and they’re attacking me,” DeSantis said. “Here’s what I will say: We oppose the sexualization of children. We will do battle with anybody who seeks to rob our children of their innocence, and on those principles, there will be no compromise. We will fight the woke corporations.”

While DeSantis didn’t name any rival in particular, Never Back Down did, tweeting “Faith and Freedom crowd BOOS (Donald) Trump for siding with woke Disney!”

That prompted Schorsch, from a Disney Cruise Line vacation, to tweet a defense of Disney.

“Just want to share the door decor from our Disney Cruise we are embarking on this weekend,” Schorsch posted, with pictures of his room door. “It celebrates the 25th anniversary of the cruise line. We booked this cruise to celebrate that anniversary AND to spite Ron DeSantis’ lunacy with his war on Disney.”

Never Back Down then tweeted an accusation tying Schorsch and Florida Politics to pedophiles and DeSantis’ rivals.

“We get it, you’re bought and paid for by the groomers and Trump,” reads a quote-tweet from the pro-DeSantis organization.

The direct attack from a super PAC that has raised millions of dollars to support DeSantis surprised the publisher.

“To quote the immortal words of philosopher Ron Burgundy, ‘That escalated quickly,’” Schorsch said. “But, seriously, given the libelous tone of the super PAC’s comments, I am exploring my legal options. Lord knows, Jeff Roe has the money.”

Roe is the political consultant running Never Back Down.

The comment drew the attention of other national media outlets as well. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted, “A presidential super PAC accusing someone of being backed by ‘groomers’ for taking a Disney cruise is where things are.”

The use of the term “groomers,” a reference to pedophiles who condition children for abuse over a long period of time, was popularized as a political attack by Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for DeSantis’ campaign. She employed the term last year to attack anyone opposed to a parental rights bill decried by critics as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Disney’s opposition to that law, which now prohibits classroom instruction about gender identity or sexual orientation through 12th grade, ignited the feud between DeSantis and one of Florida’s largest employers. DeSantis responded by ending Disney’s self-governing tax district and, more recently, threatening to impose road tolls and build a state prison by Walt Disney World.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Michael K

    June 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    The “groomer” is our governor who is perverting democracy and freedom and capitalism to feed his sick, fragile ego. He is obsessed with sex – it’s all about sex – and he uses children (including his own) as pawns and props. He’s grooming children to be ignorant racists and homophobes, and grooming under-educated, gullible adults to stay stupid, ignorant and intolerant.

    His perversion includes taking abnormal delight inflicting cruelty toward people he doesn’t like and abusing the power of government to squash dissent. He’s perverted Sunshine laws and accountability, believing he is above the law. His perverse desire to control women’s bodies and suppress civil and voting rights is simply obscene. His lust for power has no bounds. He is full of hate and rage and is destroying public trust and obsessing about sex. Everything he sees is sex. All he thinks about is sex.

    • SteveHC

      June 23, 2023 at 10:34 pm

      Apparently you are not the only one who sees this in him.

    • Kenneth C Kovar

      June 23, 2023 at 11:37 pm

      It’s a sick theme in his dog whistling..everyone is a groomer!


      June 24, 2023 at 8:48 am


  • tom palmer

    June 23, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    I always thought Florida Politics was, if anything, a GOP organ.This is weird.

    • FloridaQ ParlorTricks

      June 24, 2023 at 6:08 am

      It is, Ronnie and Casey are as dumb as they look.

      This is basically a Qanon blog without Breitbart/Bannon cash.


        June 24, 2023 at 8:47 am


    • Phil Morton

      June 25, 2023 at 1:58 am

      Amen to that. I can barely read this site any more. 90% of the articles are about Ron DeSantis and that’s not a good thing.

      • Thomas Kaspar

        June 25, 2023 at 1:29 pm

        They are 100% negative articles about DeSantis and Trump . That is because the articles are advertising paid for not news . Did you see anything negative about Crist or Biden ? Never .

  • Ocean Joe

    June 23, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    What is revealed is that Trump’s campaign folks are considerably more adept than Desantis’ ragtag group.

    The Disney thing is an exercise in vanity. Somebody doesn’t like your legislation. So what? You got your way, but you’ve gone out of your way to show the whole world how vindictive you are.

    The real victim in all this is the state of Florida, long a welcoming paradise for vacationers and retirees now turned into a simmering mess of a springboard for a failing, flailing campaign which is totally dependent on Trump dropping out.


      June 24, 2023 at 8:49 am

      My Man OJ

    • Jake

      June 26, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      RonnyD and Casey got married at Disney World. What’s up with that?

  • Bill Pollard

    June 23, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    I would like to see Florida Politics sue over this. DeSantis just gets more outlandish with each passing week.

    • Use Your Brain

      June 24, 2023 at 6:09 am

      Sue for what liability? Damaged how and for how much? Go have a ginger ale and relax.

  • Each And Every Christian Goes To Prison Eventually

    June 23, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    If he is Christian…


      June 24, 2023 at 8:46 am


  • Earl Pitts American

    June 23, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    Good evening America,
    Earl Pitts American was out of pocket for most of today. So I am sorry to leave all the dook 4 brains lefty’s here totally without supervision. I just hope none of you got so far off the chain as to require a future “Chastizment” from me, Earl Pitts American.
    Note to all the commenters above, except of course Ocean Joe (Earl Pitts American’s Favorate), you are all under review for a possable “Chastizment” from me, Earl Pitts American.
    I know you talk amoungst your selves. Like my spys have reported Michael K and that fake Christian dude were saying: “Hey fake Christian dude I think Earl’s taken the day off and we can say and do whatever off the chain dook 4 brains leftist things we want”.
    Not so lefty’s, Earl Pitts American, has spys everywhere.
    I got my eye on you trouble makers,
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Hall Monitor” American

    • Joe The Plumber

      June 23, 2023 at 8:48 pm

      Earl thank you for being the greatest Hall Monitor ever here. My entire business and my hunting and church buddies [600+ and mostly conservative] appriciate you keeping things under controll here and keeping our beloved F. P. from being totally taken over by the lefties.
      Most of my people are shy to let their presence here be known because even with you keeping them in line those lefties are some mean and vindictive mo-fo’s.
      Thanks again Earl,

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      June 24, 2023 at 12:14 am

      You’re a groomer Earl. GTFO and go hang yourself.

      We all know you’ve been convicted of child molestation.
      Why are you even breathing free oxygen?


        June 24, 2023 at 8:44 am


    • Nazi Earl and Eva

      June 24, 2023 at 6:11 am

      Qearl Shittts AmeriKKKan


        June 24, 2023 at 8:45 am


    • Tropical

      June 24, 2023 at 7:59 am

      I have stopped reading your posts, Pitts.
      You waste internet.


        June 24, 2023 at 8:45 am


  • WhatNow

    June 23, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    “ ‘The sad thing is, a lot of these Republicans are siding with Disney and they’re attacking me,’ DeSantis said.” – That’s not “sad,” that’s what’s known as REASONABLE.
    “Here’s what I will say: We oppose the sexualization of children. We will do battle with anybody who seeks to rob our children of their innocence, and on those principles, there will be no compromise. We will fight the woke corporations.” – THAT’s pretty sick and twisted, to insinuate that anybody who doesn’t agree with this JERK is a “groomer” who sexualizes children… DeSantis seems to have a bizarre, serious sexual preoccupation.

  • PeterH

    June 23, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    Basically Florida Politics reports local news. Good or bad…..the news gets reported. If DeSantis doesn’t like the reporting on this site…..maybe he should stop the hourly nonsense. If he says it…..Florida Politics will report it.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    June 23, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    “Groomer” = Anybody the GOP doesn’t like.

    Look, i’m old enough to have seen other Conservative moral panics come and go. Each and every one of them was complete 🐂💩.

    I see a lot of similarities in this “Groomers are Everywhere!” garbage today as we had in the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s. Anybody remember that? The same bunch of God bothering socially conservative weirdos saw “the Devil” in everything. Music, books, movies, liberals.

    Satanic Cults are taking over the country and are going to eat your baby!

    It was all complete nonsense. Just like this anti-LGBT, Groomer BS we’re seeing from the same group of insufferable a$$holes.


      June 24, 2023 at 8:46 am


    • Michael K

      June 24, 2023 at 9:55 am

      It’s also what happened when Joseph McCarthy saw a communist behind every tree. He was allowed rot ruin thousands of lives before he was finally taken down by Edward R. Murrow and the free press. I hope America is too smart to fall for this playbook once again – which explains why folk like DeSantis want to dumb down education and kids.

    • Thomas Kaspar

      June 24, 2023 at 11:08 am

      Explain how thats a good thing for crossdressing men to read to little kids ?

      • Tom

        June 24, 2023 at 1:52 pm

        And there are clowns running around at kids birthday parties scaring the bejesus out of them and scarring them for life /s

        It would be nice if everybody would just mind their own business. Live and let live. Don’t like drag shows, don’t go. I don’t like hip hop so I don’t go to hip hop concerts. This is hardly a government issue for the ‘party of small government’

        • Thomas Kaspar

          June 24, 2023 at 3:19 pm

          Why do these cross dressing men need to be with children ? They could simply read to children dressed normal , they dont have women dressed as men reading to children . Its not normal . The children dont know its abnormal so these men seek affirmation of normal from little kids . Its fringe not societal .

      • Dr. Franklin Waters

        June 24, 2023 at 10:50 pm

        It has been a complete non-issue, but DeSantis and the rest of the GOP knows that people like you are easily frightened. So they created “Groomers” and “Wokeism” as BS buzzwords to get people like you to toe the line.

        You are what’s called a Useful Idiot, Thomas.

        • Thomas Kaspar

          June 25, 2023 at 8:43 am

          Your inability to answer to “Explain how thats a good thing for crossdressing men to read to little kids ?” illustrates that it is a very bad mistake . The rest is just typical Biden mumbles .

  • Don't Say FLA

    June 24, 2023 at 1:53 am

    What does the Never Bend Over PAC say about Rhonda immediately bending over for Nikki Fried and Lauren Book getting themselves arrested for the purpose of taking Rhonda’s 6 week abortion ban to court? Are they groomers too? Ok groomers, lol. What a bunch of dummies.

  • Just the average Joe

    June 24, 2023 at 7:08 am

    What’s a bigger threat to our children? If this PAC really cares about America and children maybe they would read a cereal box. GMO and chemicals. The food chain is the biggest danager to our youth. Get real about your battles. Our food supply will get you before any drag queens. What a bunch of crazy fear spreading nuts. They seem to be grooming their crazy party. Always looking for a monster in the closet.


    June 24, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Good morning America,
    My, Earl Pitts American’s, powerfull Chastizements are now in place. And its nothing to play around with.
    Here’s just some of what those under chastizement can expect to happen:
    You buy a lotto ticket – looser.
    You go to mow your lawn – lawn mower wont start.
    You meet some freak you want to scrump – they dont like loosers.
    You try to cook something – burnt.
    You shave – bad cut.
    America, these are just a few of the annoying things which commonly happen to dook 4 brains lefties unfortunate enough to come under the powerfull chastizement of me, Earl Pitts American, I , Earl Pitts American, will issue some common sense guidlines to all you dook 4 brains lefty’s on how to avoid yet another painfull life disruptment Chastizment from Earl Pitts American below:
    1.) Do better.
    2.) Stop being such a 8whole.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Silly Wabbit

      June 24, 2023 at 11:59 am

      You kwazy.

  • Rob Desantos

    June 24, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Yet another reminder: every accusation is actually a confession for today’s “Republicans.”

    • Rob Desantos

      June 24, 2023 at 12:34 pm

      And Desantos is absolutely terrified of any independent news media.

  • DeSantis is a groomer

    June 25, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    It’s only gonna be a matter of time that someone from the super packed or within DeSantis is close circle is going to be charged with pedophilia. The fact is is that studies have indicated that the majority of groomers in this particular type case are right, leaning heterosexual, white men.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 25, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Yeah Anthony Weiner did your study with you .

  • Margaret

    June 25, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    Some of the commenters are as deranged as the Governor. Honestly, what in the world does Mickey Mouse and Cinderella have to do with :groomers?”
    And, while we are at it, what does Florida Politics have to do with Disney and “groomers?”
    Finally, has anyone ever noticed how miserable DeSantis’s children look when he and his wife trot them out in front of crowds? I feel very sorry for the trauma the littlest ones must experience from the loud noices and cheering. Terrible way to treat your children! Sociopathic!

  • JD

    June 25, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    I LOVE IT! MoRon Desantis and the rest of the GOP is falling a part!
    Even Shitts for Pitts cannot aptly defend it.

    Trump will win the primary, but get put in Jail. Then the GOP will scramble with a lack luster substitute that’s not MoRon and Biden will win a second term.

    Might as well start a 3rd party.

    Brawhahaha – f*cking poetically justified.


  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 26, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Must make people here proud to see Democrats men marching naked in Pride in front of young children in San Francisco .

  • Bert Stimson

    June 26, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Jeff Roe is a veteran of such disappointing Republican presidential campaigns as Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Perry… This guy just looooves losers!

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