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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cleverly refused to take the bait from a reporter who asked him if he accepts Joe Biden as president-elect.
“It’s not for me to say,” DeSantis replied, in dropping what might amount to a rhetorical truth bomb.
“Here’s what I would say,” he continued. “Obviously, we did our thing in Florida. The [Electoral] College voted… But I can tell you, I think a lot of the frustration for folks that supported the president was we were four years with people not accepting him. I mean, Hillary, the last week of the election, was saying Putin stole it.”
As a thought experiment, can you imagine virtually any reporter in 2016 [or 2020, if things change] asking a Democrat politician such a question in the case of President Trump? DeSantis was reminding the media that so-called journalists spent about four years pushing a fake conspiracy theory about collusion from Russia that supposedly enabled a Trump victory.
After a narrow win in 2018, Republican DeSantis has emerged as one of the best governors in America.
Despite the fear-mongering and distortions from the corporate media, the former U.S. Navy lawyer and congressman, has effectively balanced public health with the economic and psychological needs of his constituents during COVID-19. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has also followed the same general philosophy.
While it may be an uphill climb, the Trump campaign still has legal options to challenge the election outcome, whether in court or in Congress, and that may have figured into DeSantis’ response.
Watch the clip below that has gone viral on social media:
Florida Gov. DeSantis declines to acknowledge Biden as the president-elect: "It's not for me to do…"
"…We were four years with people not accepting [Trump]. I mean, Hillary, the last week of the election, was saying Putin stole it." pic.twitter.com/x8B0IipWOu
— GrantB911 (@GrantB911) December 15, 2020
DeSantis has also won praise for addressing persistent issues in the sketchy way that Broward County and Palm Beach County handled past elections.
If Georgia had a Republican governor like Ron DeSantis, Trump would’ve gotten a honest count. https://t.co/tp5VcgHJyV
— The Election Wizard (@Wizard_Predicts) December 16, 2020
DeSantis recently clashed with a reporter about a former state health department employee and apparent liberal hero under criminal investigation in the context of a search warrant executed at her home.
Gov DeSantis spars with misleading reporter Trump-style: 'I'm not going to let you get away with it' https://t.co/2y3HB7llsm via @BIZPACReview
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 13, 2020
Easily outraged left-wing Twitter was very unhappy with the governor’s response about Biden. But DeSantis has his fans. Here is a sample:
Ron DeSantis is the best governor in America.
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) December 16, 2020
At first I thought this guy was a nutball but once I learned the truth about covid he’s a bad ass governor😎 I bet people in Cali and NY would sell their soul to have him as their governor
— Bag0’Richards (@rubhurFartH0) December 16, 2020
Gov DiSantis is a really smart politician. I think he’ll be President DiSantis in four years. Maybe 8.
— Beijing Biden Election Infection 2020 (@GoVols37872) December 16, 2020
Smart man. He’s one of the only elected Republicans who gets it.
— Dr. AdamInHTownTX (@AdamInHTownTX) December 15, 2020
Every time he speaks I feel like my vote for @GovRonDeSantis was one of the best votes I have cast! We love our governor in Florida!
— Joette (@JoetteAlt) December 16, 2020
Good for him…makes me want to move to Florida!
— T-ROB (@trob2020) December 15, 2020
Republicans need fighters like him.
— Dumpling88 🍎🍎🍎 (@Dumpling88) December 16, 2020
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