Darren Soto, Nikki Fried slam GOP Freedom Summit as ‘extreme MAGA competition’
Darren Soto, Nikki Fried

Soto Fried
Leading Democrats lashed out ahead of Saturday's 'Freedom Summit' in Orlando.

A Central Florida Congressman and the Chair of the Florida Democratic Party are countermessaging the GOP’s major campaign event of the 2024 cycle so far.

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto and Nikki Fried spoke out about the Republican Party of Florida’s Freedom Summit, which will showcase former President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis and other GOP candidates for the 2024 presidential nomination.

“It makes sense that they’re here in Florida taking center stage to declare victory. They have turned this state into ground zero for MAGA extremism,” Fried said.

Fried addressed changes in abortion laws, condemning Trump for appointing the Supreme Court Justices who rolled back the previous benchmark, 1973’s Roe v. Wade, and blasting the DeSantis-signed Heartbeat Protection Act as a “near total ban (that) would take away women’s ability to make their own health care decisions before many even know that they are pregnant.”

She contended that “every Republican candidate” feels the same about reproductive rights.

“Florida is on the front lines of the fight for our freedom and our democracy as Republicans fight each other in a race to the bottom this weekend,” Fried said.

Soto, whose congressional district is hosting the event, offered similar opinions on Saturday’s GOP cattle call and the “agents of chaos” who would be speaking.

“DeSantis and the rest of the presidential contenders are coming to town to see who could win best in show in the extreme MAGA competition,” the Congressman said.

Soto also charged Republicans with “an effort to whitewash and eliminate our history” and condemned their policy reactions to “gun violence like the Pulse nightclub shooting and street violence here and there.”

“They’re allowing weapons of war, assault weapons to proliferate in our streets as well as having permitless concealed carry,” he said.

Fried also addressed U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s decision to endorse Trump over DeSantis. She noted the “lack of a relationship” between the current Governor and his predecessor, and condemned the Senator’s “decision yesterday to support an individual who is one of the most dangerous individuals for the national security of our country.”

“And I think that what this also shows is that Ron DeSantis has lost the grip of his own party here in the State of Florida,” she added.

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  • My Take

    November 3, 2023 at 9:42 am

    Goofy, Dopey, Dwarfy, Cruella . . .they’ll all be there.
    But GOP events are not really clown shows any more . . . they’re freak shows.


    November 3, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Good mornting America,
    My, Earl Pitts American’s, phone”s been blowing up over this Summit.
    50% of the callers want to know if I, Earl Pitts American will be the headline speaker.
    The other 50% want to know if I, Earl Pitts American, am choosing this Summit as the reveal time in which Trump gracefully stands down and throws his support behind Desantis.
    OK America:
    Answer to the 1st question: Maybe.
    Answer to the 2nd questuon: Maybe.
    My beloved fans we are teetering on the “Eve Of Distruction” thanks to our politicions going “Belly Up” and showing their weekness to the evil elements of the world that we are ripe for attack.
    Earl Pitts American

    • JD

      November 3, 2023 at 11:14 am

      F*cking go peddle your scare bullsh!t elsewhere.

      If your ilk were so worried about that, they’d rebuked Putin long before. Likewise, the party would have put Tuberville in check.

      You’re a dipshitt LOSER EarL. Nobody’s calling you. You’re the Carlton Sheets of Political science – peddling over-inflated BS a kindergartner could see through.

      “It’s not the heat – it’s the stupidity.”

      • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

        November 3, 2023 at 2:33 pm

        Thanks for reaching out JD,
        As we covered in Patriot class you were instructed to stop using words such as “ILK” and all the cursing. Doing such immedieatly identifies you as a Dook 4 Brains Leftist and we had made so much progress on you in our Patriot class.
        JD just because you fell of the Patriot class schedule, sniffed some fyantenal up your nose, got stinky drunk and engaged in high risk un-protected homertesticular $ex with a dozen rando dudes does not mean we are giving up on you.
        JD get yourself cleaned up, go down to the Health Dept. and get some pennicellion for those homertesticular deadly gongo ka-ka strains going around, lay off the drinking and fyantenal and get back here in Patriot class by next Tuesday.
        We know you just fell off the wagon, JD, so pick yourself up dust yourself off and get back here in Patriot class so we can turn you around and make your Mama proud.
        Thanks JD,

        • JD

          November 3, 2023 at 3:38 pm

          Wow. Ilk is such a big word, I guess.

          Patriot class? LMAO, you mean “re-education” camp like in 1984.

          Keep up the double plus good work for the fascists EarL.

          • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

            November 3, 2023 at 5:17 pm

            Thanks JD,
            I, Earl Pitts American, and the entire staff are preparing a welcome back party with balloons and pizza for you next Tuesday. Dont bring any of your Dook 4 Brains druggie bufu buddys with you.
            Dont worry son we can get you cleaned up and moved back into momeys basement in about 30 days.
            Thanks Buddy,
            Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 5, 2023 at 5:04 pm


  • Michael K

    November 3, 2023 at 11:50 am

    And don’t forget the disregard and abolition of Sunshine laws. We need to know exactly what Ron is hiding, and the cost of his political stunts for a miserable, failing presidential aspiration. His Supreme Court picks were apparently bought and sold by Leonard Leo. DeSantis was handed blank checks by an equally corrupt and morally bankrupt Republican legislature. And as others have noted, weapons of war are unleashed with abandon on our streets while women are losing their fundamental rights.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 4, 2023 at 10:29 pm

      By their fruits shall ye know them: “weapons of war are unleashed with abandon on our streets while women are losing their fundamental rights.”

      It’s all galling, but even low-hanging fruit goes unpicked: AG Moody is involved in countless lawsuits for “woke” causes, but has neglected court action against the largest purveyor of ghost guns. DC and CA have won financial settlements as well as agreements by the largest manufacturer (Polymer 80) not to sell in those jurisdictions.

  • Conservative always

    November 3, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Extreme MAGA = Yawn!!

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 5, 2023 at 5:22 pm

      being a cultist, you don’t even know you are a cultist. that’s the danger of cults. another way to put it is, if you are brainwashed, you don’t know you’re brainwashed. so i infer from your comment, that you are a maga cultist. too bad you don’t comprehend truth or logic. haters got-a hate

  • My Take

    November 3, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    I enjoy my not-quite-daily encountering of Nikki’s current dissing of DeSStuntus’s antics.
    Usually as an X (?) quote on Google News

  • MH/Duuuval

    November 3, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    Honestly, I was hoping for a cage match — like Ollie North would’ve promoted. Mano a Mano in a cage until one joker emerges, but both beaten to a pulp.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 4, 2023 at 10:32 pm

      Early reports indicate Ron took a knee while Trump, appearing last, gave Dee a sound beating.

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