Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has fired back after his Democrat gubernatorial challenger, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), smeared Florida voters.
DeSantis blasted Crist as a “typical career politician” after the Democratic lawmaker slandered Florida residents who vote for the Republican governor.
Crist, who served as the 44th governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday and will face an uphill battle against DeSantis in November.
DeSantis is widely popular in Florida and he has assembled a war chest second only to Trump’s for this election.
Crist said after he won the Democrat primary that he does not want DeSantis voters’ support because they have “hate in their hearts.”
He falsely claimed that DeSantis “doesn’t respect your freedom if you’re African-American…
“Those who support the governor should stay with him and vote for him and I don’t want your vote,” Crist added.
“If you have that hate in your heart, keep it there.”
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” DeSantis fired back, calling Crist’s criticism of regular people “contemptible” before calling him a political “chameleon”
“This is his fifth decade running for office,” DeSantis said.
“He’s a typical career politician.
“People support me because I kept the state open and protected their jobs.
“Charlie Crist wanted it locked down.
“So that’s not hate in their heart.
“They’re just appreciative that they had a governor who was standing up for them.
“He says he wants a Florida for all.
“And then you condemn a majority of the people in the state of Florida?
“Give me a break,” DeSantis said.
In Florida, we don't want the values of Davos, we want the values of Destin, Dunedin and DeFuniak Springs.
The resolution passed today will direct Florida’s fund managers to make sound investments on returns, not woke ideology. ESG is dead on arrival in Florida. pic.twitter.com/swUtiDxSiK
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 23, 2022