“DeSantis still hasn’t faced one of the toughest challenges a Florida leader can encounter: a major hurricane”
Years ago, Democrats and the media used Hurricane Katrina as a political weapon against George W. Bush. That strategy worked out pretty well for them and now they’re hoping to do the same with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over Hurricane Ian.
They’re not even really trying to hide it. They’re salivating over the opportunity to use destruction for political purposes.
Spencer Brown writes at Townhall:
Liberals Giddy Over Hurricane Ian Because It Might Hurt Ron DeSantis
It’s no secret that the mainstream media and liberal pundit class are not fans of Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. From the day he took office, through COVID, and amid Biden’s border crisis, the media has never resisted an opportunity — however frivolous — to attack the man known to conservatives as “America’s Governor.”
The media seethed as thousands of weary blue state residents fled from New York and California to Florida’s ample freedom, lied through their teeth about Florida’s parental rights law, and screeched “Nazi tactics!” when DeSantis gave some illegal immigrants the chance to see how America’s elites live on Martha’s Vineyard. But now, even the media has found another low with their anti-DeSantis attacks: salivating over the chance for a hurricane to devastate Florida and make its governor look bad.
Politico ran a screed early Tuesday morning — “DeSantis faces the true test of any Florida governor” — noting that “DeSantis spent his first term becoming one of the most influential Republicans in the country” before barely hiding its excitement in saying “But DeSantis still hasn’t faced one of the toughest challenges a Florida leader can encounter: a hurricane.
People have noticed.
Here’s the media praying for Florida to get destroyed by hurricane, just so they can have something to make DeSantis look bad. https://t.co/YiM7hgLesv
— David Reaboi, Late Republic Nonsense (@davereaboi) September 27, 2022
From the Politico article:
DeSantis faces the true test of any Florida governor
Gov. Ron DeSantis spent his first term becoming one of the most influential Republicans in the country — a likely 2024 frontrunner who’s already shaping his party’s national agenda.
But DeSantis still hasn’t faced one of the toughest challenges a Florida leader can encounter: a major hurricane.
That’s poised to change this week as Hurricane Ian, a 500-mile wide monster of a storm, builds strength in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and appears destined to slam into some portion of Florida’s west coast.
Though no governor will frame hurricane responses in political terms, storms shaped the legacies of former Republican Govs. Jeb Bush and Rick Scott, both of whom dealt with multiple major weather events. While no elected official wishes for a major natural disaster, hurricanes offer almost unlimited access to free national media, a huge boost to any governor’s political fortunes.
The commentary on Twitter runs from vile to absurd.
We should use they/them pronouns for hurricane Ian to annoy DeSantis.
— Rachel Vindman 🌻 (@natsechobbyist) September 27, 2022
My thoughts and prayers for everyone in Florida preparing for Hurricane Ian, except for Ron DeSantis. F**k that guy.
— Chip Franklin.com (@chipfranklin) September 27, 2022
Is DeSantis chartering planes to evacuate Floridians or does he save his political stunts for when there isn’t a hurricane?
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) September 27, 2022
Sucks to have a Governor like DeSantis when you’re facing a legitimate crisis like Hurricane Ian… I mean, he’s great at manufacturing a crisis… But you didn’t have to live through Katrina to know that Republicans always shrink in big moments…
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) September 27, 2022
Desantis's response to this Hurricane will either be his Christie-Sandy moment or his Bush-Katrina moment https://t.co/DjeiRlR1qt
— Irish Patriot 🇮🇪 ✝️ (@lrishConservNat) September 26, 2022
BREAKING: President Biden does what Trump never would, puts politics aside and pledges all “federal resources” necessary to Florida in its “time of need” ahead of Hurricane Ian even though the governor is MAGA crook Ron DeSantis. RT TO THANK BIDEN FOR BEING THE BIGGER MAN!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) September 26, 2022
That tweet from the Occupy Democrats is especially silly. Biden has communicated with some mayors in Florida, but didn’t speak to Ron DeSantis until people noticed.
Joe Biden is refusing to call Ron DeSantis, the Governor of a state that is about to be hit by a massive Hurricane.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 27, 2022
Biden ultimately caves after his apparent reluctance to personally phone DeSantis ahead of Hurricane Ian pic.twitter.com/VtRR2hfzVd
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 27, 2022
Notice the media are laying the groundwork to attack DeSantis over #HurricaneIan. Here's a question to the head of FEMA from a McClatchy reporter: "Can you describe…the level of the communications w/state officials & has there been anything unusual or any challenges w/that?" pic.twitter.com/j8UV1LsTqR
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 27, 2022
As long as DeSantis is seen as a frontrunner for 2024, Democrats and the media will continue to target him for virtually anything. They’re more predictable than a hurricane in September.
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