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January 24, 2022

DeSantis Proposes Election Crimes Agency with ‘Unprecedented Authority’

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a new state agency to investigate election crimes.

The new Office of Election Crime and Security would give DeSantis and future governors unprecedented authority over election-related investigations. It would employ 45 investigators and have a $5.7 million budget to investigate violations of state election law and election “irregularities.”

“To ensure that elections are conducted in accordance with the rule of law, I have proposed an election integrity unit whose sole focus will be the enforcement of Florida’s election laws,” DeSantis said in a recent State of the State address.

“This will facilitate the faithful enforcement of election laws and will provide Floridians with the confidence that their vote will count.”

The office would report to Secretary of State Laurel Lee and would have the power to take control over any investigation conducted by local police or prosecutors.

But Andrew Warren, the top prosecutor in Hillsborough county, said the proposal wasn’t serious and that there was no widespread election fraud in Florida. His office, he said, had received four referrals for election crimes over the two decades.

“This is a solution in search of a problem,” Warren said. “It’s a really expensive one at that. This is a $6m door prize for a QAnon pep rally.

“The implication is that there’s so much election fraud that law enforcement needs help investigating it and that state attorneys need help prosecuting it. I’m willing to bet a pretty penny that there’s not one sheriff or police chief or state attorney in the entire state of Florida who’s having that problem.”


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DeSantis proposes election crimes agency despite little evidence of voter fraud

January 22, 2022

Report: Trump and DeSantis Butting Heads Over 2024

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There are multiple reports that tensions between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are intensifying ahead of a potential 2024 clash.

In private, Trump is trashing DeSantis as an ingrate with a “dull personality” and no realistic chance of beating him in the 2024 primary, Axios reported.

“In the context of the 2024 election, he usually gives DeSantis a pop in the nose in the middle of that type of conversation,” a source told Axios, adding that Trump makes a point of saying he isn’t worried about the Florida governor as a potential opponent.

“He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality.”

The reason for Trump’s irritation with DeSantis? “Ron DeSantis won’t say he won’t run [in 2024],” a second source told the outlet. 

“The others have stated pretty clearly they won’t challenge him.”

Several of Trump’s associates and advisors spoke to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, saying that the former president has been questioning why DeSantis hasn’t said “the magic words” — that he won’t challenge Trump in 2024.

“I wonder why the guy won’t say he won’t run against me,” Trump said, according to the report.

“Trump has been telling a range of aides a version of, he isn’t getting the deference from DeSantis that he wants in the pre-2024 leadup,” reporter Maggie Haberman recently wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s remarks come after he appeared to take a shot at DeSantis last week for refusing the reveal his COVID-19 booster status.

“The answer is yes, but they don’t want to say it, because they’re gutless,” Trump said in an interview with One America News Network. “You got to say it. Whether you had it or not, say it.”

DeSantis has reportedly told friends he believes Trump’s expectation that he “bend the knee” is asking too much. 

During an interview on the Ruthless podcast, DeSantis said one of his biggest regrets was not forcefully opposing Trump’s calls for lockdowns at the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020.

“Knowing now what I know then, if that was a threat earlier, I would have been much louder,” he said. He had been “telling Trump ‘stop the flights from China'” but argued that he never thought that the coronavirus “would lead to locking down the country.”

However, the governor has dismissed the notion that there’s tension between him and Trump, blaming the media for fanning the flames.

“You cannot fall for the bait,” DeSantis said on the Ruthless podcast. “You know what they’re trying to do, so just don’t take it. Just keep on keeping on. We need everybody united for a big red wave in 2022. We’ve got to fight the left, and not only fight, but beat the left. And that’s what we’re doing in Florida.”

DeSantis has tried to tamp down speculation about his ambitions for 2024. He officially kicked off his 2022 reelection bid in November and has said that he’s focused on the governor’s mansion.


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Trump dogs “dull” DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup

January 18, 2022

Conservative Pundit Says ‘Trump is Done’

Conservative pundit Anne Coulter says it’s time to move past former President Donald Trump.

“Trump is done,” Coulter wrote in an email to the New York Times. “You guys should stop obsessing over him.”

Coulter’s comments came in a recent article published in the Times about the rising tensions between Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) amid speculation of a potential showdown in the 2024 election.

“If he wanted to run, that’s OK with me,” Trump told a South Florida radio host last month. “I think we’d win by a lot.”

Though Coulter was an early supporter of Trump’s 2016 campaign, she became increasingly critical over his time in office.

Last week, she rebuked Trump after he criticized politicians for not revealing their COVID-19 booster status, calling them “gutless.” Many interpreted Trump’s remark as a veiled shot at DeSantis, who has repeatedly avoided questions about his vaccine booster status.

“Trump is demanding to know Ron DeSantis’s booster status, and I can now reveal it,” Coulter tweeted. “He was a loyal booster when Trump ran in 2016, but then he learned our president was a liar and con man whose grift was permanent.”


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January 7, 2022

Harris Criticized for 9/11 Analogy

Vice President Kamala Harris likened the January 6 Capitol riot to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks.

Harris’ remark came during a speech delivered Thursday, addressing the event on its one-year anniversary.

“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”

The vice president said the participants sought to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the comparison, calling the analogy “an insult to the people that were going into [the Twin Towers].”

“It’s interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I’m not going to watch any of it – you’re going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis said. 

“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he continued.

“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you’re rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.

“But let’s just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”

The White House defended Harris’ comparison, saying detractors should focus on “solving the threat to democracy” instead of the VP’s words.

“Instead of focusing on or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest that they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that occurs today, that is happening today,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “And they’re using this as an excuse not to be a part of that.”


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Florida’s DeSantis: Comparisons of Jan. 6 to 9/11 ‘insult to the people that were going into those buildings’

January 4, 2022

DeSantis Blasts ‘Lockdown Politicians’ For Vacationing in Florida [Video]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joked about politicians from states with strict COVID-19 measures who’ve vacationed in the Sunshine State since the start of the pandemic.

The question came during a press conference on Monday after a maskless Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was spotted in Miami at a crowded drag bar over the weekend.

“If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician who decided to escape to Florida over the last two years, I’d be a pretty doggone wealthy man, let me tell you,” DeSantis said. “I mean, congresspeople, mayors, governors, I mean you name it.”

“It’s interesting the reception that some of these folks will get in Florida,” the governor continued, “because I think a lot of Floridians say, ‘Wait a minute, you’re bashing us because we’re not doing your draconian policies, and yet we’re the first place you want to flee to, to be able to enjoy life.'”

“There are probably about a half dozen governors who had restrictions on their people and then were spotted at various points in Florida. Some of it’s been public, some of it’s not been public, but you know people tell me these things,” DeSantis added.

Still, the governor said he’s glad Florida can offer vacationers a semblance of normalcy in difficult times.

“I’m happy though that Florida’s a place where people know they can come and they can live like normal people, they can make their own decisions,” DeSantis said.


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DeSantis jokes about Dems from strict COVID states visiting Florida after AOC spotted maskless in Miami

December 31, 2021

DeSantis Takes a Stand Against China

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced that Florida will investigate its holdings in Chinese companies and “retake control of its shareholder proxy voting from ideology-crazed investment funds.”

DeSantis’ announcement came after a meeting with two State Board of Administration (SBA) trustees, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody. The three trustees voted to implement several significant policy changes regarding how state funds are spent to “combat woke corporate ideology and malign foreign influence.”

“If you look at how these major companies behave when faced with Chinese disapproval, they censor what the CCP tells them to censor, and we see groveling apologies,” DeSantis said.

“Go back a generation, and the idea of the American elites was, ‘If we allow China into the WTO and give them most favored nation status, that will make China more like us.’ This experiment has failed, and it has endangered our nation’s national and economic security,” he added.

DeSantis said he wants the legislature to make statutory changes to prevent the Sunshine State from using taxpayer dollars to invest in China and bring manufacturing jobs to Florida instead of relying on Chinese goods.

The move also sends a message “to those in corporate America who prop up a genocidal, authoritarian, imperialist regime that they will not do so with Floridians’ money,” DeSantis said.

“A sad reality is that too many federal leaders for too long have been missing in action when it has come to holding China accountable. As Americans got our cheap goods, the Chinese government wasn’t playing by the rules when it came to intellectual property or trade. Meanwhile, they’ve been busy buying influence in Hollywood and Washington,” Patronis said. “Unfortunately, between COVID and the supply chain issues, we’ve seen how reliant our country has become on China.”

Patronis said the decision was “not only good for our country, but it is the financially prudent thing to do for our state.”


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Florida taking action against Communist China and ‘woke’ corporations

December 5, 2021

DeSantis Proposes Civilian Florida State Guard Military Force That He’d Control


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) proposed reestablishing a World War II-era civilian-military force that he would control.

DeSantis announced the idea while speaking about his military budget proposal. The Florida State Guard would be independent of federal control.

According to a press release, the Guard would consist of 200 volunteer civilians “trained in the best emergency response techniques” that would aid in the event of natural disasters or other state emergencies.

The Florida State Guard was initially created in 1941 to fill in for National Guard members deployed during World War II. It was later disbanded in 1947.

DeSantis said the proposed unit would “not be encumbered by the federal government,” adding that this force would give him “the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.”

DeSantis is requesting $3.5 million from the state legislature to establish the unit.

Florida Democrats pushed back on the proposal, with 2022 gubernatorial challenger Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) calling the guard “handpicked secret police.”

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DeSantis proposes Florida civilian military force that he’d control

November 15, 2021

DeSantis says ‘Biden’s lawlessness’ is to blame for Jacksonville murder

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the Biden administration’s “lawlessness” is to blame for the alleged murder of a Jacksonville man by an illegal migrant.

Authorities say Yery Noel Medina Ulloa pretended to be 17 to gain entry to the US. He is charged with murdering Francisco Javier Cuellar, 46, who took him in.

“Unfortunately there was a tragic situation — one of the illegals that Biden flew in committed a murder in Florida recently,” DeSantis told Sean Hannity of Fox News. “That individual who died would be alive had Biden not been doing this.”

“They don’t tell us when these flights are coming in — these are flights at 2 in the morning. We’re looking at ways to hold these contractors accountable who are basically the instruments of Biden’s lawlessness.”

“If it’s a federal responsibility, what happens when the federal government totally defaults on that responsibility? Are they saying the states have no ability to protect themselves?”

Ulloa pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He is due back in court on Nov. 20.

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DeSantis blames ‘Biden’s lawlessness’ for alleged murder by illegal immigrant

November 7, 2021

Florida business owners, cities, schools risk hefty fines for defying the governor’s ban on vaccine mandates

When yoga studio owner Ashley Hanna offered additional vaccinated-only classes, she made a list of more than 100 businesses and local governments reported to the state for violating a Florida law against vaccine requirements.

“We’re a small business, and there are some clients who, if we didn’t have these classes, we would lose them,” Hanna said. She owns Titanium Yogo in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Now, Hanna could face over $100,000 in fines.

“I literally thank God that I opened a business in the state of Florida. If we had to shut down for a long time, we would have never made it,” Hanna said. “But I don’t understand this. If I required a vaccine just to walk in the front door, ‘Okay, Ashley, you are defying the governor.’ But that’s not what I did; that’s not what I’m doing.”

In May, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a measure into law that bans businesses, local governments, and schools from making customers or patrons show proof of vaccination or “post-infection recovery” and imposes fines of up to $5,000 per violation.

Last month, Florida fined Leon County $3.5 million over its vaccine mandate for workers. The county is pushing back against the fine.

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Florida businesses, cities and schools risk big fines for defying the governor with pandemic mandates

October 29, 2021

Florida sues Biden over vaccine mandate

On Thursday, the state of Florida sued President Joe Biden’s administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, adding fuel to the fire that is the feud between Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and the White House.

According to DeSantis, the lawsuit argues that Biden doesn’t have the authority to issue such a mandate, and it violates procurement law.

Previously, DeSantis has made it known that he intended to take legal action over federal vaccine requirements.

The vaccine mandate for federal contractors is set to take effect in December. Additionally, Biden has also announced that private employers with 100 or more workers will have to require them to be vaccinated or tested weekly.

The President maintains that the mandates will help end the coronavirus pandemic, but he’s faced nationwide opposition. On Wednesday, 21 Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to Biden saying his mandate for federal contractors “stands on shaky legal ground.”

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Florida sues Biden over contractor vaccine mandate

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