‘Election denier’ Ana Navarro says DeSantis won Florida because he ‘gamed the system’

CNN commentator and host of  “The View” Ana Navarro claims mainstream media has completely misread the political climate in Florida, saying Ron DeSantis’s sweeping victory is because the Florida governor “gamed the system” and suppressed the Democratic vote.

Navarro told CNN host Erin Burnett on Wednesday that she expected DeSantis to “win bigly,” but how he won is criminal.

“Ron DeSantis barely won in 2018 by 35,000 votes, by the skin of his teeth against a black, progressive, little-known mayor from Tallahassee, Florida,” the Nicaraguan-American political strategist said. “Yesterday, he won by 20 percentage points. Why? Because [DeSantis] gamed the system. Because he turned Florida into an unlevel playing field. ”

With 99 percent of the vote tallied, DeSantis leads his opponent, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, 59.4 to 40.

“They changed election laws, making it harder to vote by mail,” Navarro continued. “They paraded a bunch of people, black people that they arrested for voting fraud and paraded them in front of national media. He created an election police.”

DeSantis is criticized for policing polling stations on Election Day after a video was released showing officers arresting black people with criminal records for voter fraud.

“He also was very good at responding to hurricanes and other tragedies, he also invested and laser-focused on Miami-Dade,” Navarro said as Burnett interrupted, pointing out that those responses would have positively impacted voter turnout.

“Turnout was 10 points lower than it was in 2018,” Navarro said. “In 2018, it was 63 percent. Yesterday in Florida it was 53 percent. So that’s not a red wave. Red wave is when people go out to the streets and vote. What you had is a depressed, deflated vote, Democratic vote. And who can blame them when you nominate a corpse?”

Crist, who has changed party affiliation more than once, was a Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011 and a Democratic U.S. representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District from 2017 to 2022.

“I mean, yes, [DeSantis] won bigly, but he won against a corpse, a political corpse and that’s an insult to corpses,” Navarro said.

DeSantis owes his victory to sweeping wins in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties, longtime Democratic strongholds. At his victory party in Tampa, he called it “a win for the ages,” telling the crowd, “We not only won election, we have rewritten the political map.”

“The resounding win enhances DeSantis’ profile among Republicans and sets up a potential rivalry with [former President Donald] Trump,” NPR reported. “Trump has already signaled he’s ready with attacks, calling DeSantis ‘DeSanctimonious’ at a recent rally.”

Trump told reporters DeSantis should consider entering the presidential race very carefully as there are many secrets to be spilled.

“I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife,” Trump said.

Social media questioned CNN’s approval of Navarro’s narrative, claiming DeSantis “gamed the system” equates to cheating, believing a Republican voicing such opinions would be labeled an election denier by the network.


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