Ron DeSantis calls January 6 “Christmas” for Democrats, news media
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Thursday the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was “Christmas” for Democrats and the mainstream media before pledging to convey what he called the “nausea” blanket.
“It’s their Christmas,” DeSantis said during a press conference on COVID-19 testing in West Palm Beach, referencing news outlets based in Washington and New York.
“They’re going to take this and get everything they can out of it so they can smear everyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he added.
DeSantis, a potential Republican 2024 presidential candidate, predicted the cover would be a “politicized Charlie Foxtrot,” using military slang for a chaotic situation.
“I don’t expect anything good to come out of anything that [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the gang get away with it. I don’t expect the corporate press to be enlightening. I think it’s going to be nauseating, quite frankly, and I’m not going to,” he said, adding that most Floridians wouldn’t mind it either.
According to DeSantis, his constituents in Sunshine State have more pressing concerns, such as inflation, gas prices and rising crime rates.
“There’s an obsession with it among the DC-New York journalist class, and I think it’s because it allows them to tell a story that they want to tell,” he said.
He also condemned comparisons of January 6 with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, calling the idea an “insult”.
“But let’s be clear here, when they try to act like it looks like the 9/11 attacks, it’s an insult to the people who walk into these buildings,” he said. “And it’s an insult to people when you say it’s an insurrection and then a year later nobody’s been charged with that. People are being charged with disrupting proceedings or that. I think that ‘It’s really important actually that if that’s what you said, why don’t you charge people?
The Florida governor’s press conference took place around the same time that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks in the Capitol’s statue hall reflecting the events of that day ago. a year.
Harris said Jan. 6 will be remembered as one of the dates that “resounds through history.”
“Dates that not only occupy a place in our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001 and January 6, 2021,” she said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that more than 725 people have been arrested and charged in the Capitol riot, and he expects more arrests.
“Those involved must be held accountable. There is no higher priority for us at the Department of Justice,” said Garland, who added that the DOJ “remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators at all levels accountable under the law. , whether present that day or otherwise criminally liable. for the assault on our democracy.