One jaw-dropping arrest forced Ron DeSantis to admit something no one saw coming
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stood before the media.
This was a press conference the likes of which was unusual in American politics.
And one jaw-dropping arrest forced Ron DeSantis to admit something no one saw coming.
Federal authorities indicted Ron DeSantis’ opponent in the 2018 Florida Gubernatorial Election, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, on 19 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud over allegations that he steered political donations for his own personal use.
Both face 19 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Gillum faces two additional charges of lying to investigators, each of which carries a maximum five-year sentence.
According to the indictment, the FBI began to sniff out the alleged scheme in 2016, when Gillum was mayor and undercover agents investigating corruption in the city were steered to him. The two are alleged to have used his position as mayor, as a progressive activist and then as a top candidate for governor to skim money from a variety of individual donors and nonprofit groups, fraudulently pretending to perform voter outreach or to fight for local government rights while pocketing the cash — even after his campaign for governor ended in 2018.
During a press conference, reporters asked Governor DeSantis for his reaction to the charges.
Normally, politicians put on an “aw shucks” routine and try to avoid getting involved in stories like these.
When your opponents are self-immolating, its best to let them continue.
But DeSantis’ instincts are why he is a rising star in GOP politics.
And DeSantis used the occasion to bash the media for cheering on Gillum during the 2018 campaign, despite the obvious warning signs that he was under federal investigation.
“I would ask a lot of the media that propped him up whether they have any type of mea culpa on that,” DeSantis declared. “There were clearly a lot of issues there. If you looked under the hood you saw it.”
DeSantis slammed the press for their biased coverage that painted a picture of Gillum as the next Barack Obama and for openly rooting for him to win.
Governor DeSantis added that had the media got their way, Governor Andrew Gillum would have destroyed the state’s economy and children’s education by locking down businesses and closing schools during the pandemic.
“What was presented to the public was that this guy was the second coming,” DeSantis stated. “If I had not won in 2018, this state would be in a much worse shape.”