Last week, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, criticized the mainstream media for its coverage of his 2018 opponent, Andrew Gillum, during their heated campaign.
Wednesday, the former Democratic candidate for governor was indicted on 21 federal counts, including conspiracy and 19 counts of wire fraud.
In the aftermath of Gillum’s indictment, instead of attacking Gillum, DeSantis laid the finger at the mainstream media for facilitating Gillum’s candidacy.
According to Fox News, when asked by an activist last week if he felt “vindicated” by the new developments of Gillum’s legal troubles, DeSantis criticized the mainstream media instead addressing Gillum directly.
Fox reported that DeSantis criticized the mainstream media for their support of Gillum, stating that they “propped him up.”
Well, you know… I would ask a lot of the media that propped him up whether they have any type of mea culpa on that,” DeSantis stated on Trursday, Fox reports.
“There were obviously a number of problems there. If you peered beneath the hood, you could see it, but the public was led to believe that this individual was the Second Coming.
DeSantis continued, “I mean, never has a candidate been elevated, I think, that way by media outlets, certainly in the last 10 years or so. And I can tell you – if I had not won in 2018, this state would be in much worse shape and that’s not even a question.
“And so we’re happy that we were able to do it but even more happy that we’ve been able to lead and accomplish more than anyone thought we could accomplish in the state of Florida,” the governor stated.
I asked @GovRonDeSantis if he feels vindicated after being called a LIAR and a RACIST for calling out @AndrewGillum for being under FBI investigation in 2018. His response is SAVAGE! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/wS2tkw35cg
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 (@ReOpenChris) June 23, 2022
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This response from DeSantis is remarkable considering that during the heated gubernatorial race, Gillum’s campaign was harsh to DeSantis and even accused him of being racist.
Gillum said during an October 2018 a debate that “racists believe he’s racist,” CNN reported.
“First of all, he’s got neo-Nazis helping him out in this state,” Gillum said, referring to a white supremacist group that was running robo-calls against Gillum in the state (DeSantis’ campaign disavowed the calls, according to CNN). CONTINUE READING…