Ron DeSantis repeats claim that D.C. can’t be trusted with jury trials
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'A D.C. jury would indict a ham sandwich and convict a ham sandwich if it was a Republican ham sandwich.'

Florida’s Governor is doubling down on his argument that people in Washington, D.C., can’t be trusted to serve on juries.

Ron DeSantis told Fox News viewers that residents there would convict a “ham sandwich” if it were Republican, adding that one potential cure would be to import jurors from across the country in cases where the Nation’s Capital were a trial venue, as will be the case when Donald Trump faces charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot.

“A D.C. jury would indict a ham sandwich and convict a ham sandwich if it was a Republican ham sandwich,” DeSantis said during an interview on Wednesday’s “Faulkner Focus.

“I think Americans need to be able to remove cases out of D.C. I think the juries are stacked. I think that they’re going to want to convict people that they disagree with. Or, at minimum, you should be able to draw a jury pool from across the entire country,” DeSantis added.

The cable news commentary follows up on a DeSantis post to the X social media platform Tuesday night, in the wake of the Trump indictment.

“I do, though, believe we need to enact reforms so that Americans have the right to remove cases from Washington, DC to their home districts. Washington, DC is a ‘swamp’ and it is unfair to have to stand trial before a jury that is reflective of the swamp mentality,” DeSantis said.

Washington is the venue for the trial, of course, because Trump is accused of attempting to subvert the 2020 election and the transition to the Joe Biden presidency happened there. The former President is accused of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

DeSantis has floated “Day 1” pardons of the former President and those who participated in storming the Capitol when Congress was certifying the Presidential Election results. He has also claimed Trump is too old to go to prison.

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


6 comments

  • TJC

    August 2, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    DeSantis is fully aware that the majority of the citizens of D.C. are not white people. This is another example of his racist rhetoric.
    And his disingenuous claim that trials should be moved out of D.C. to the “home districts” of the accused is proof that this Harvard Law School educated lawyer will say stupid things when he’s sure it will appeal to the GOP base. No one does stupid better than DeSantis.

  • SteveHC

    August 2, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    “… at minimum, you should be able to draw a jury pool from across the entire country”. Funny, he didn’t mention if he’d personally pay for all prospective jurors’ airfare. I know that as a taxpayer I would not want to see tax dollars used to pay such an outrageous cost just to satisyfy this moron’s (sorry, I guess I’m not “woke”) whims, fancies and delusions.

  • Ocean Joe

    August 2, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    What goes around comes around.
    Maybe Donald should have picked a different place for his stunt.

  • Michael K

    August 2, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Poor Ron. He forgets that the residents of Washington DC – although deprived of the right to vote – are US citizens. I suppose he is really saying he fears a diverse citizenry of educated people.

  • Earl Pitts "Most Loved Most Hated" American

    August 2, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    The Ronald is correct in what he said about DC juries. Same is true for NYC, Fulton County GA (Atlanta), and many other Dook 4 Brains Leftist areas of our Great Nation.
    But you, the reader, already know that (or at least you should baring a Dook 4 Brains Leftist Infection/Disability).
    What I, Earl Pitts American, am about to tell you will be news for all of you gentel readers regardless of political affilation. Thats right America, even conservatives lack the “Pure “D” Genious” of my brain.
    Watch The House of Representatives to see if they bring charges against ANY member of The Biden Crime Family. Then look at where the trial will be held.
    If its DC or any of the leftist jurisdictions discussed above you will know Kevin McCarthy is a Dook 4 Brains RINO with no intent of prosicuting Any Biden Crime Family Member.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 2, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    What was it the Party Of Law And Order types used to say?

    It was something like “If you can’t do the time, don’t do ..” something. I forget.

    Don’t do… it with a drag queen? Was that it?

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