Ron DeSantis dogged by Nick Fuentes questions during CNN interview
Ron DeSantis on CNN, 10/11/23

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The Governor eventually offered a tepid denunciation of the White supremacist who previously dined with Donald Trump.

Gov. Ron DeSantis spent some time on CNN struggling with questions about an anti-Israel White Supremacist with ties to Donald Trump.

After multiple redirections, DeSantis finally responded to what he called “garbled” comments from interviewer John Berman about Trump dining at Mar-a-Lago with Nick Fuentes, who deemed Israel’s slow response to Hamas attacks over the weekend a “little suspicious” and beneficial to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

“I would not do that,” DeSantis said about dining with Fuentes.

Before finally offering that tepid rebuke, DeSantis dodged questions, including one about how he feels about Republicans “associating” with Fuentes.

“That is totally outrageous. You know, this garbage out there. You hear things, people are saying that the babies really somehow weren’t killed, that this is all just manufactured. I understand there’s conspiracy theories that can go on but, but we’ve got to put that garbage aside and we’ve got to stand with Israel. And yes, we have to condemn the antisemitism that has motivated these attacks and that has motivated attacks around the world,” DeSantis said, generalizing the response.

Asked again about Republicans “associating” with Fuentes, DeSantis again took the responses wide.

“Well, I reject all conspiracy theories of that nature. I think that we just have so much garbage in our society right now. I mean, it broke my heart to see those demonstrators, it breaks my heart to see college students putting out praise of Hamas all, all, all across the board. I mean, I think we just have to, we just have to stand up together and do what’s right,” DeSantis said.

As POLITICO reported, Trump dined with Fuentes last year (and rapper Ye) at his Florida compound. The former President called the meal “quick and uneventful.”

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


16 comments

  • Michael K

    October 11, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Reject conspiracy theories?

    What a joke: DeSantis traffics in them and is actively courting the White supremacist wing of the MAGA party.

  • PeterH

    October 11, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Ron DeSantis CANNOT WIN ELECTIONS without 100% support from MAGA, White supremacy advocates, racist and the Klan. He can’t simply rely on voter suppression…. That will not work!

  • WGD

    October 11, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Beware of politicians who struggle to condemn racism. It means just what you think it means.

    • Father David Patterson

      October 11, 2023 at 3:58 pm

      Oh certainly. I am 100% convinced that Ron DeSantis is a white supremacist. I pray he has a stroke.

  • My Take

    October 11, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    When you have Nazi fans, it should givè you some pause.
    Especially if you are a politician.

    • Ron DeSantis is a Racist

      October 11, 2023 at 3:59 pm

      That would take the ability to self reflect, which requires intelligence. And Ron DeSantis doesn’t have any of that.

  • My Take

    October 11, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    One needs to be careful about horror stories early in a war. Germans in Belgium in WWi, Kuwaiti babies and incubators, and now decapitations of children. Some turn out to be horribly true, and some are propaganda lies, and likely some are just rumors.
    Delay actually reacting to them.

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 11, 2023 at 10:21 pm

      A fair point, but neither Israel nor Hamas has clean hands to begin with.

      If Israel invades Gaza, it will be a bloodbath with disproportionate costs borne by innocent civilians — totally out of proportion to what has happened so far, and probably leading to the loss of many of the innocent hostages. (This seems to be Biden’s underlying concern.)

  • Unwoke and Going Broke In Florida

    October 11, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Nazis spot each other and are ok with the whole thing; Ron is clearly a part of their leadership.

    Dealt with the Devil and the bill has arrived.

  • Silly Wabbit

    October 11, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    He wacist.

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 11, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    desantis never gives a straight answer. he worries too much about optics. he tries to tell people what he thinks they want to hear without committing to anything but canned maga cult spiel. he reminds me of how reagan twisted every answer to make sure he didn”t reveal his motives. no wonder people dislike him so much. being a maga cult person makes it hard to be honest. if he was honest he would say i favor the white rich people over others and i am going to take as many freedoms away from you as i can because i am a fascist

  • Get Off the Fence

    October 12, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Ron- it’s not hard. Tell the people of Florida directly that you don’t want the vote of Nazis and that you don’t support white supremacist views. Do it with a full chest. Say you wouldn’t dine with Fuentes because he has disgusting views. Finish the sentence. It’s not hard and you will gain the respect you have been lacking.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 12, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Floridians let your Florida Reps know ‘Enough of our tax dollars are spent FRAUDULENTLY by this piece of crap! Get out Desantis!

  • just sayin

    October 12, 2023 at 7:57 am

    In a sane world the headline would be “CNN repeatedly attacks DeSantis about his rival having dinner with a neo-nazi.”

    This is a nothing burger. But I get it, you guys want Trump because he’s good for ratings and he’s the only guy your President Weekend-at-Bernie’s can beat.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 12, 2023 at 8:51 am

      in a sane world maga cultist would understand what a maga cultist is, they don’t understand anything that doesn’t come from trump, bannon, stephen miller, and the rest of the cult members.

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