Democrats and left-wing pundits were blasted by critics after they riffed on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, accusing him of “missing” this past week when in fact, he wasn’t.
Not only was the GOP governor in his office most of the week, but the one time he stepped out, he did so to attend to his wife, who is being treated for breast cancer.
The Daily Wire noted:
One of Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ challengers in this year’s gubernatorial race faced significant backlash online on New Year’s Eve over a tweet that some interpreted as a cheap shot at DeSantis, who recently accompanied his wife to her cancer treatment as critics claimed he was missing in action.
“As governor, I’ll show up,” Democrat Nikki Fried tweeted.
As governor, I’ll show up.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) January 1, 2022
DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, pushed back on the claims in tweeting out screenshots of his public schedule that show his activities as governor.
Other responses noted by The Daily Wire included:
- Erick Erickson, radio host: “The Governor was with his wife for her cancer treatment. This is gross stuff. He showed up where it mattered most. It kills me I can’t go with my wife to her oncology visits because of hospital guidelines. I’m glad DeSantis was able to be with his wife.”
- John Cardillo, political commentator: “This trash lowlife knows DeSantis was with his wife at her cancer treatment. Hey @NikkiFriedFL , remember when you showed up at Ft. Lauderdale PD and abused your office to cover the domestic between you and your now fiancé?”
- Liz Mair, political strategist: “Nikki Fried placing a LOT of bets here that the online left has got it right in claiming DeSantis wasn’t really with his wife for cancer treatment… and I don’t think we have a Sanford situation here so the odds look pretty long for her…Charlie Crist probably thrilled with this tweet and where this could all be headed, quite frankly.”
- Curtis Houck, editor: “Attacking a guy for going to his wife’s cancer treatments to own the cons[ervatives].”
- Christina Pushaw, DeSantis press secretary: “But if someone you love gets cancer, you wouldn’t show up to their treatments? Wow.”
- Travis Wester, political commentator: “Referring to being there for your spouse during her cancer treatment as ‘giving up’ is the kind of cheap shot that makes the vote a referendum on you, not your opponent. Good luck Nikki.”
Democrats and liberal media activists claiming Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis was “inexplicably missing” were the ones missing the fact DeSantis was in the office every day and was attending to his wife Casey’s cancer treatments, according to his press secretary.
“Churnalism,” Christina Pushaw tweeted New Year’s Eve in response to an inaccurate local news report. “WFLA posted this story AFTER it was disclosed that on 12/29 Governor accompanied First Lady for cancer treatment, & they failed to report that governor was at Capitol every day this week but Wed. They made sure to include accusations by liberal activist Demings though.”
Churnalism. WFLA posted this story AFTER it was disclosed that on 12/29 Governor accompanied First Lady for cancer treatment, & they failed to report that Governor was at Capitol every day this week but Wed. They made sure to include accusations by liberal activist Demings though https://t.co/8YkjQm5lVb
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) December 31, 2021
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings claimed state residents “should be outraged” about DeSantis’ lack of COVID-19 press briefings through the holidays.
“Our residents, all Florida residents should be outraged, and they should ask the question, ‘Now, where’s our state? Where’s our governor?'” Demings said, according to Fox News. “Where is Ron DeSantis now? When was the last time you saw the governor do a press briefing regarding COVID-19?”
Communications staffer Kyle Lamb tweeted in response: “Just FYI, @GovRonDeSantis is not on vacation. Literally no one from our office has said that he is. Anyone pushing that could have easily seen the public schedule and seen that he’s taking calls and meetings this past week. Not having public events does not = ‘vacation’.”
This is a really odd, desperate attempt to make a controversy where none exists.
Last year, there were no public events on the calendar between Dec. 22-29. The Governor is doing work behind the scenes with a lighter public schedule just like last year.
— Kyle Lamb (@kylamb8) December 31, 2021