Joy Reid Calls Florida “DeSantistan” Amid Media Meltdown Over Gov. Ron DeSantis Reestablishing State Guard
“DeSantis wants to form a personal militia like the ‘political’ leaders in Iraq have. It would be a militia that only answers to him. This is the beginning of a ‘Red Army’ as the GOP prepares for war. Literally,” fretted SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah.
You know, if there was a formal battle to determine which political side had the tendency to pop off most often with the most insane knee-jerk (and wildly wrong) reactions to a news report, leftists would have hands down won the competition Friday on Twitter.
It all started not long after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference on Thursday where among other things he proposed reestablishing the Florida State Guard. During the presser, he stated that he would be requesting $3.5 million in the state budget to go towards the proposal and noted that the primary responsibilities of the 200 civilian members (volunteers) of the State Guard would be helping out the National Guard during emergency situations that required the state’s response like weather-related events.
The FSG was originally established in 1941 and was disbanded after World War II was over. DeSantis’s announcement was part of a larger one where he outlined his requests for millions in additional funding to beef up the National Guard.
Watch DeSantis discuss his rationale for wanting to reestablish the Florida State Guard below:
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 2, 2021
You’d think this wouldn’t be that big a deal considering some 22 other states also have State Guards on hand, including some blue states. But after CNN’s predictable framing of the report, the Usual Suspects on the left went absolutely bonkers, with some suggesting this was DeSantis’s way of forming a militia that the federal government would have no control over:
Gov. Ron DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control https://t.co/uO1xR39VyA
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 3, 2021
Got that? A “new civilian military force” even though one has previously existed in Florida and in fact still exists in other states, as noted above and below:
Uneducated Progressives: DeSantis proposes a new Gestapo force in Florida.
Reality: 22 states currently have State Guards (as opposed to National Guards) like DeSantis is suggesting. Florida law already authorizes the existence of a State Guard, it’s just currently inactive pic.twitter.com/vMPxLM3VXY
— Miguel (Mike to you gringos) (@Mike_Zander77) December 3, 2021
@RonDeSantisFL is looking to create a state defense force. This is hardly anything unusual. It's specifically authorized under Federal Law. Many states already have such a force.https://t.co/vaNr4V747A pic.twitter.com/gB2HB3OVOb
— Philip Holloway™ ⚖️ ✈️ 😁 (@PhilHollowayEsq) December 3, 2021
And the “that he would control” bit in the CNN headline was a nice touch, deliberately meant to unnecessarily frighten people and create a panic.
But even though “facts don’t care about your feelings,” as the famous Ben Shapiro quote goes, the were plenty of angry “feelings” expressed on the Twitter machine by the leftist outrage mobs, including from potential 2022 Democratic opponents Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried as well as other prominent Democrats with large followings but tiny minds:
Ron DeSantis is trying to recreate a military force that only answers to him.
This should scare the hell out of every democracy-loving Floridian & American.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) December 3, 2021
He makes it harder to vote and stifles free speech. He threatens public schools and universities. He neuters local governments. He stacks the courts. Now he wants his own secret police funded by taxpayer dollars. https://t.co/eoRT1kl9PR
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) December 3, 2021
SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah:
WOW: GOP Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis wants to form a personal militia like the "political" leaders in Iraq have. It would be a militia that only answers to him. This is the beginning of a "Red Army" as the GOP prepares for war. Literally. https://t.co/cNsdymLtNz
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 3, 2021
This person lists himself as a “philosophy professor at Yale” just so you know the types of “intellectuals” on the left who are teaching your children:
Beware when the militias become official https://t.co/pYLWXytvkN
— Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) December 3, 2021
This person proclaims to be a “lawyer”:
Ron DeSantis needs to read the US Constitution. Sure, he can raise a militia, but as soon as the President calls that militia into federal service, they report to the President, not the governor. See Article II, Section 2.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) December 4, 2021
MSNBC “chief terrorism analyst” Malcolm Nance:
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) December 3, 2021
“Obama guy” and NY Daily News columnist Brandon Friedman:
4. KEY POINT: DeSantis isn’t reactivating the State Guard to *supplement* the U.S. military as was intended during World War II. He’s doing it to *circumvent* the U.S. military. He wants an armed force that will act IN OPPOSITION to the U.S. military, not serve in its absence.
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) December 3, 2021
Believe it or not, the dumdummery got so bad that left-wing comedian Sarah Silverman, who is not known for rushing to the defense of Republicans, even jumped on MSNBC’s resident left-wing conspiracy theorist Joy Reid for peddling false information:
Please read the article before you post this stuff you’re a news outlet. The truth has to matter
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 3, 2021
Sadly, it didn’t help. Here was Reid Friday night along with Fried and another guest doing what she does best:
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 4, 2021
Joy Reid did not disappoint, refers to Florida as "DeSantistan" pic.twitter.com/1CIExdjNND
— William A. Jacobson (@wajacobson) December 4, 2021
He’s not trying to create a “DeSantistan” by any means, but what DeSantis has done over the last year since Biden was sworn in is to try and make his state as independent as possible from the federal government and their notorious penchant for overreach. And judging by how the Biden administration has handled things over the last 11 months, many conservatives and independent-minded people would say DeSantis’s approach has been a necessary one.
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