Govt. Ron DeSantis speaks out against the “national regime media” getting the forecast wrong regarding Hurricane Ian’s landfall.
DeSantis, during an exclusive interview with the right-of-center The Voice of Florida website, was asked if there would be any “media accountability” for reporting that the storm had been predicted to hit the Tampa Bay area.
“Honestly, you have national regime media that … wanted to see Tampa because they thought it would be worse for Florida. That’s how these people think,” DeSantis said in an interview published Tuesday morning.
“They don’t care about the people of this state. They don’t care about the people of this community. They want to use storms and the destruction from storms as a way to advance their agenda. And they don’t care what destruction is in their wake. They don’t care about life here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will,” DeSantis asserted, without elucidating what agenda might be served by a storm hitting a major population center.
While the administration was “obviously concerned about Tampa as well,” the governor noted that “there was so much emphasis on it” that “people said, ‘I’m 125 miles away from here, maybe I’m better off chugging down.'”
DeSantis did not provide specific examples of “regime media” abusers in his Florida’s Voice interview, but he has shown a propensity to mix it together with national reporters covering Ian’s aftermath with a critical look at how the state handled the run-up to the storm.
When a CNN reporter asked him during a press conference in Arcadia about Lee County’s mandatory evacuation order issued a day before landfall, DeSantis turned the tables on his interlocutor.
“Well, where was your industry stationed when the storm hit?” DeSantis responded, as reported by Fox News. “Were you guys in Lee County? No, you were in Tampa.”
His election opponent condemned the “disgusting” remarks.
“A true leader is accountable for their words and deeds. It’s disgusting to see Ron DeSantis blaming anyone and everyone, whether it’s the media or Floridians who are trying to help their neighbors, instead of owning up to his failure of leadership, ” claimed the Democrat. Charlie Crist.
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