Ron DeSantis is punching back after a former Republican opponent in the 2016 Senate race called his wife “America’s Karen.”
The Governor said he and his wife “wear criticism from MSNBC as a badge of honor.”
“It shows my wife is an incredibly strong First Lady of Florida, a fantastic mother and a great wife and that threatens the Left. So she and I kind of shrug it off because we know it just shows they view her as a threat because the message that she was bringing in Iowa about the rights of parents and how we are not going to take this anymore with the Left trying to indoctrinate our kids,” DeSantis said.
“They understand that that resonates not just with Republican parents, with independent parents and yes with Democrat parents. And so I think that they’re very worried about her effectiveness.”
DeSantis’ retorts were the first since Jolly’s made the comments over the weekend.
“Casey DeSantis is a fairly compelling political figure in Florida and now nationally. For many, she’s the brighter side to Florida’s angry Governor. For others, she’s become America’s Karen,” Jolly said on MSNBC’s “The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart.”
Jolly’s take is that Mrs. DeSantis won’t help humanize her husband.
“Look, she’s a more effective messenger than Ron DeSantis, but if all she’s doing is amplifying the wrong message, she’s actually clarifying Ron DeSantis’ weaknesses,” Jolly said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s presented in heels or boots, the DeSantis doctrine is a losing one. We are going to learn that the more Casey DeSantis gets out there.”