Rick Scott says experiencing Donald Trump trial is ‘the scariest time’ in his life
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'And if we don't change this, then there's not one American that's safe."

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has faced legal questions before, specifically regarding his former health care company and Medicare billing anomalies.

But despite pleading the Fifth Amendment 75 times during that case — along with serving in the Navy, spending eight years as Florida’s Governor and living through poverty as a child — Florida’s junior Senator says Donald Trump’s current trial makes him more fearful than any personal experience ever did.

“It’s the scariest time in my lifetime to watch a friend be persecuted,” Scott said on the Hugh Hewitt show.

“When you hear that they were allowed to use lethal force, to go pick up documents at Mar-a-Lago, this is a scary time. And if we don’t change this, then there’s not one American that’s safe.

Scott there was repeating the debunked conspiracy pushed by Trump that the Joe Biden administration authorized FBI agents to execute the former President when arriving to seize classified documents at Mat-a-Lago. In fact, the language in question is standard for FBI operations, contains many restrictions and was also present when federal agents searched Biden’s home for classified documents.

Scott has previously equated his bygone legal woes to those of Trump as examples of political persecution.

During comments on a “Fox & Friends,” Scott (who was in New York to support Trump that day) made that case.

“I saw this, it happened to me. I fought Hillarycare and guess what happened? I fought Hillarycare. Justice came after me and attacked me and my company,” Scott said, referring to his former company’s legal issues related to billing irregularities decades ago, and seeming to relate those to opposition to Bill Clinton-era attempted health reforms.

Trump, of course, is embroiled in an ongoing trial in Manhattan, in which he is accused of funneling money to adult film performer Stormy Daniels to kill stories about their alleged liaison last decade.

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


  • Andy

    May 23, 2024 at 11:08 am

    No Senator, the scariest thing was when, you stole money from and defrauded Medicare and thought you were going to get convicted. But Whit criminals like you and Trump get away with it!

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  • Dont Say FLA

    May 23, 2024 at 12:13 pm

    If folks think prosecution will be leveraged as political persecution, why do they make it so darn easy for prosecutors?

    Why do they do things grand juries would approve for indictment?

    Why would a trial jury find anyone guilty if the alleged crimes being prosecuted are made up for political purposes and there’s no evidence of any crimes?

    Did Joe Biden fill out Trump Corp’s books? Who paid Michael Cohen? Was that Joe Biden too? Who did Trump try to cover up f_cking? Was that Joe Biden too?? And it was Joe Biden who tried to cover it up? And all that ever really happened was that Hunter Biden jerked himself one time?

    LOL @ Trump whose personally picked defense witness shot an own-goal. What a crock. What a crook.

    I didn’t think any of the verdicts would be “guilty,” but then Trump’s hand pick defense witnesses showed up! Thanks guys! Y’all likely scored one for America.

    • LexT

      May 24, 2024 at 8:22 am

      Why are these “trials” all in heavily Democrat jurisdictions? Why are there clear examples of other politicians, usually Democrats, doing the exact same thing and nothing happening to the Democrats? You are politically blind and do not realize that this will quickly deteriorate into both sides doing it.

      • Tom

        May 24, 2024 at 9:46 am

        Umm … the trial is in NYC because that’s where trump’s businesses are registered (same reason that his CFO is jailed on Rikers Island) and they prosecute dozens of similar cases each year. It’s got nothing to do with politics and more to do with scumbag executives who think they’re above the law. Nice conspiracy theory though.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 24, 2024 at 11:12 am

        There’s a Senate Democrat on trial right this very minute for corruption, and nobody’s crying about that other than, of course, the defendant themself.

        To allay your concern about abusing law enforcement, what do you want to do? Let politicians do whatever they want, fully exempt from the law? Would you like Biden to order all the conservative SCOTUS terms to be ended the way they auto-end? That’s the other deterioration.

        Which deterioration is worse? Nine dead SCOTUSes with every new President (after the first President to do it)? Or people who did stuff a grand jury says “yeah, indict that” go to trial? LMK

      • Balls

        May 28, 2024 at 4:02 pm

        Trump was a Democrat until the black guy showed up and then suddenly Trump was a Republican. Therefore Trump lived in a heavily Democrat jurisdiction (aka Democrat Run Cities) and was allegedly breaking the law breaking the law breaking the law before he relocated his shady orange hass avocado to Florida. Maybe he’ll beat the rap and he can beat the heat. Stranger things do happen

      • MH/Duuuval

        May 28, 2024 at 9:53 pm

        In Florida Dee don’t need no stinking judges or juries — he can remove any elected official and by the time it works its way through the courts, I’ll have both fee in the grave.

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 23, 2024 at 12:15 pm

    What scares me the most, is that with Scott or Trump, most folks know they are both crooks, and they don’t care! It’s ok now to be a con man or criminal as long as they parrot what people want to hear. Granted, some get news from questionable sources and ignore facts, but we knew who Scott was: he refused to give an honest answer 75 times, raked in millions in fraud and then used it to buy an election, abused the Navy hat, and it didn’t matter one bit. A majority of Floridians voted for him anyway. Honor, honesty, respect for others, not selling points for the masses, apparently…

  • Ocean Joe

    May 23, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    “I saw this, it happened to me. I fought Hillarycare and guess what happened? I fought Hillarycare. Justice came after me and attacked me and my company,”

    Once election season is in full swing, these same folks will rant and rave about crime, the crime rate, the criminal illegals. But when the justice system actually does what it was intended to do, and when the defacto immunity of the powerful disappears, they all cry like little baby Ricky.

    At least Trump jokes about his indictments. He is, as Pocahantas described him: “corruption in the flesh.”

  • Blog

    May 23, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    The 5th is a better choice than blantly fibbing
    Now for the take over of america News
    And will they give it back in the end

  • My Take

    May 23, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    Does Slick Rott ever say anything worth seriously considering?
    Is it all pander?

  • Michael K

    May 23, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    Fun fact: No one ordered the FBI to use “lethal force” at Mar-a-lardo. EVERY FBI search gives agents the prerogative to use force, if necessary. More boogeyman lies from the radical far right. Come on, people, don’t be so stupid. The FBI knew Trump was not “home,” and Trump knew in advance that his home was being searched.

    • LexT

      May 24, 2024 at 8:23 am

      Why wasn’t lethal force used to search Biden’s garage? You are delusional if you do not see this is blatantly partisan.

      • Tom

        May 24, 2024 at 9:50 am

        Maybe lethal force wasn’t used because nobody threatened any of the agents lives? Did you want them to shoot someone? Delusional much?

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 24, 2024 at 11:15 am

        Biden said “okay sure come search my garage” so there was no need for any warrant containing the boilerplate “use of force” warrant language that appears on every last DoJ search warrant which is the exact language Trump and friends are whining about.

        Trump is whining about boilerplate contract language while he’s on trial for breaking the law breaking the law breaking the law by cooking the books cooking the books cooking the books

      • MH/Duuuval

        May 24, 2024 at 10:48 pm

        Lethal force is just part of the federal legalese — kinda like permission for standing your ground. (Apparently more loose papers just surfaced.)

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 28, 2024 at 1:22 pm

        Lethal force was used to search Maga Lardo? Okay, I’ll play. Who died? Who didn’t die despite lethal-ish wounds but went to the hospital and lived (perhaps as a vegetable, but not quite exactly dead)? Who got seriously injured? Who got maimed? Who got cut? burned? Bit by a mosquito? Fleas? Bed bugs? People are saying Maga Lardo had bed bugs in a couple of rooms, usually, because paying to prevent them costs too much. Somebody must have at least got bit by bed bugs. So, please, LexT, do tell!

  • Blog

    May 23, 2024 at 6:54 pm

    They talk a game plan that’s a 🎯
    Tornados are beautiful 😍
    They talk a game that isn’t a game.
    However vendetors are in place not in play

  • My Take

    May 23, 2024 at 11:30 pm

    I hope he doesn’t miss the next several trials.

    They may even be scarier.

  • LexT

    May 24, 2024 at 8:18 am

    This is not an exaggeration. “Lawfare” is unamerican. We do not try to put our political rivals in jail in the United States. They do that in Banana Republics. None of these charges are serious. We do not want this to escalate into Republicans doing the same to Democrats and anyone that thinks this is just about Trump doesn’t understand what is going on. At this point, the Democrats would’ve done the same thing to Mitt Romney or John McCain.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2024 at 11:22 am

      Nobody was trying to put any political rival in jail in the United States, but folks were already working on indicting then-former politician Donald J Trump.

      So Trump declared candidacy about 16 months earlier than anyone had ever seen before in all of US history so he could make claims of political persecution. And you’re falling for it.

      Get a calendar for each of the last 4 years and take a hard look at the dates for when prosecutors started looking at Trump relative to when Trump declared a candidacy nobody had ever declared before, a candidacy where a one term President tries later for another term despite having lost already while gong for a second term.

      Was Mitch McConnell politically persecuting Trump when he shut down the J6 indictment and said to leave it to the courts? Or was McConnell just advising political persecution of Trump?

      Different trials, yes, but it’s same excuses from the defense side, Trump’s side.

    • Michael K

      May 24, 2024 at 1:11 pm

      Federal indictments are issued only after a process of review by citizens to decide whether, based on evidence, there is probable cause that a person committed a felony offense. In other words, an indictment is issued only after a decision by a jury of one’s peers.

      Is that not how the American legal system is designed to function?

    • Joe

      May 28, 2024 at 11:02 am

      Turn off the Fox News and OAN, LexT, they have melted your brain with their anti-American propaganda.

    • Balls

      May 28, 2024 at 4:05 pm

      Jan 2017 thru Jan 2021 turned this place into an orange republic. Orange you glad I didn’t say gay?

  • Tjb

    May 24, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    Did Trump , when he was president, fire the prosecutors that wanted to bring criminal charges against him?

  • Elmo

    May 24, 2024 at 1:49 pm

    Rick Scott is a dangerous drama queen. Attacking the justice system should get him thrown out of the country, along with Trump and all his cronies. What a sick place Republicans are turning the United States into.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 28, 2024 at 1:24 pm

      Being accustomed to post about Rhonda whining about dangerous drag queens, I read dangerous drag queens. If only Rhonda would go after the dangerous drama queens! Or maybe Rick is a drag queen. I could see that. He has the body for it, assuming he pads. But who is Rick Scott’s drag persona? That part I cannot figure out.

      • Balls

        May 28, 2024 at 4:06 pm

        Senator Scott makes a fine Crackhead Lois, the Lois played by Margot Kidder.

  • Linwood Wright

    May 25, 2024 at 9:32 pm

    If Rick Scott is scared, then something must be going right.
    He’s one of the most corrupt pieces of feces to hold elected office.

  • Biscuit

    May 26, 2024 at 1:53 pm

    Newsflash from Florida: Rick Scott falsely declared that in his whole life he is most scared by Trump’s legal woes. Failed to explain that each and every morning delivers the scariest moment of his life when he looks in the mirror and sees himself staring back at himself.
    He has the same effect on dogs.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 28, 2024 at 10:34 am

      If Rick got the PTSDs from this minor Trump trial, what will happen to him when the big J6 trial gets going? Rick will need a therapy dog. Any volunteers? ……………………

      i didn’t figure there would be any therapy dogs volunteering to stay with Rick Scott.

      Therapy crickets it shall be!

      Rick, stop it! You are NOT supposed to EAT your therapy crickets!

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 28, 2024 at 10:38 am

        Wait a minute. I just heard a yelp of desperation from Tallahassee. It’s the Rhonda family dog volunteering to be Rick Scott’s therapy dog!

        Dang it. After a phone screen, it has been determined that the Rhonda family dog itself requires a therapy dog. Rhonda’s dog is a No Go for the position as Rick’s therapy dog.

        Guess I better find some more crickets. At least if Rick’s just going to eat them, we can skip the expensive therapy training for the crickets and get regular feed crickets up at the snake store.

  • Joe

    May 28, 2024 at 10:59 am

    Sounds like Rick Scott is a big cowardly baby then. Let’s pour out another one for the supposed “party of law and order.” The criminals have completely taken over the RepubliQan party.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 28, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    Why is it nobody, and I mean nobody, ever comes on here to defend Rick Scott?

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 28, 2024 at 1:25 pm

      Because Bibi is too busy, I guess?

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 28, 2024 at 9:59 pm

      Your bold attempt at irony was lost of this crowd.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 29, 2024 at 1:34 pm

        Be that as it may, I will never back down.

        Unless saying that means i will back immediately down, in which case I already backed down faster and harder than anybody ever backed down before in all of history, all of history, all of history. (other than Rhonda, obviously)

  • 🌞

    May 28, 2024 at 9:38 pm

    What do the genius want with don.tear your house down.meNwhile we will bet the side lines.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 29, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Is a seat in the audience at the Trump Trial still Rick Scott’s scariest experience of his entire life?

    Or did his imagining Baconators costing $800 take its place as scariest experience of his entire life?

    Must be one heckuva charmed life, pRick, not knowing if a Baconator costs $5 or $800 while thinking how watching a trial in Judge Merchaun’s courtroom is scarier than Judge Judy except that you never heard of Judge Judy and the relative comparison can be made only because you used the superlative form of “scary” so thanks for that, Rick.

  • 🌞

    May 30, 2024 at 2:55 pm

    The scariest part is when both sides of Florida closes in on the land and takes it back underneath

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