DeSantis: ‘I Don’t Support’ Bill Requiring Compensated Bloggers to Register With the State
Why didn’t DeSantis come out against the bill right away? The #NeverDeSantis people salivated over his silence.
I can hear the left’s brains exploding. You know they wanted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to love this bill.
It didn’t help that DeSantis waited over a week to address Republican State Senator Jason Brodeur’s bill requiring compensated bloggers who write about the Florida government to register with the state. He claimed it would stop “disinformation.”
“Every person in the legislature can file bills,” said DeSantis. “I see these people filing bills and there are these articles with my face on the article, ‘bloggers are going to have to register with the state,’ attributing to me.”
DeSantis claimed making compensated bloggers register with the state is “not anything I’ve ever supported, I don’t support. I’ve been very clear on what we are doing.”
BREAKING— @GovRonDeSantis just struck down the 'Blogger Bill' that forces Bloggers to Register With State
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— Javier Manjarres (@JavManjarres) March 7, 2023
#BREAKING: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slams reports that he supports bloggers having to register with the state. pic.twitter.com/GJfOrwn2FH
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 7, 2023
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Who didn’t see this coming? An easy answer to why he didn’t come out against it sooner is let the lefties howl and shout about the terrible bill that DeSantis supports and then he can say he doesn’t.
It sounded like a bad possibly unconstitutional bill anyway so I wish it had not been created.
Or maybe he read the bill first…or at least had staff read it.
Definitely unconstitutional. But I assume he just didn’t think it was something he had to react to. It’s not his job to react to every single news story about Florida. Things can happen in Florida without his involvement. And this had nothing to do with him, and wouldn’t ever have anything to do with him unless it passed and was sent to him for his signature, which would never happen. So even when he first heard about it he would have seen no reason to say anything. Only when it was being associated with him and it was getting out of hand would he have thought to disavow it.
Maybe he could have said something sooner. But I reject that somehow he has to respond to every idiocy within a certain timeframe.
That’s a gotcha game.
Let’s put blame where it falls – the idiocy that went into creating this bill.
Let’s focus on the real outrage on actual bills filed and passed by Democrats that are outrageous.
Like AB5 that restricts your freedom to work.
Or Democrats registering people’s vaccine status.
Or Democrats pressuring what bloggers can say on Twitter and Facebook.
That’s the rear outrage.
Don’t fall for the “Republicans must respond to every outrage in 5 minutes” trick.
And that is the purpose of all those articles “with
myhis face on the article.”
In the case of Biden’s cabinet: A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get the pants back on a child they’re molesting.
It’s like articles I see every time the “Goyim Defense League” pulls some stunt, asking why DeSantis doesn’t condemn it. First, he may not have heard of it. Second, even if he’s aware of it, it’s got nothing to do with him, so why would he bother reacting to it? Doing so would just give them the publicity they so desperately crave, so since there’s nothing he could do about it anyway, the best he can do is to ignore it completely.
Next thing you know they will be making us trolls register.
DeSantis was busy with his buddy Rove and the billionaires in woke Austin
Not every candidate is rich enough to buy an office to play with.
You don’t have to be rich to appeal to small donors. More votes attached to fewer donations too.
He was also out here in CA making the rounds with the “big donors”. But he’s not running…
Here in Florida the biggest issue is not this nonsense that the media is pushing, it is about “Open Carry” and why the Republicans in the State Senate are stopping it.
Well I should flipping hope not. More ginned up controversy following the media playbook; a GoP legislator does/says X or offers Y bill and suddenly the media ‘target’ is supposed to immediately respond to whatever bad faith questions and innuendo are presented. Very old, very worn, very tired tactic.
“ Why didn’t DeSantis come out against the bill right away”
Because that is playing their game. Fuck the Democrat media. The stories were already written. Reacting like some of you pretend conservatives would have is pointless and a waste of time.
On Washington Week last week, panelist Michael Scherer falsely reported that DeSantis had signed the bill.
Which is ludicrous on its face since it was only just introduced. Not taken up on the floor, much less even voted on. It’s never going to DeSantis’ desk and will likely die before even making it to the floor. If it somehow does make it to his desk, DeSantis will veto it.
Then there’s Javier Manjarres claiming that DeSantis “struck it down”. Even if you accept exaggerating the veto power, neither signing nor vetoing is within the governor’s power until the bill is passed. But at least Manjarres did not mis-report the governor’s position.
IMHO, if Scherer’s claim was accurately reported, DeSantis could sue Scherer for libel and overcome the “actual malice” threshold for libel against a public figure: His statement was defamatory (implying DeSantis is onboard with violating the 1st Amendment) and obviously false.
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