The Republican Governor didn’t take questions the day of or the day after the first Jan. 6 prime-time hearing.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says Gov. Ron DeSantis has avoided talking about the Jan. 6 riot because those are “his people.”
On Friday, the day after the first major January 6 Committee hearing in Washington, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate told reporters she was not surprised Republican Governor didn’t take questions at his news conferences Thursday and Friday. He has not been forthcoming in denouncing the insurrection attempt, she said.
“Since the incident happened, he really hasn’t talked a lot about it,” Fried said. “In fact, those are his people, and we know that.”
Fried’s comments follow a fundraising email her campaign sent Tuesday in which she accused DeSantis of courting “white supremacist insurrectionists” for when he runs for President in 2024. DeSantis has denied assertions that he’s running for President after re-election, but it hasn’t stopped Democrats from frequently alluding to or openly referring to his possible presidential run.
Fried also continued linking DeSantis with Nazis. In January on NPR’s Florida Roundup a year after the Capitol Riot, she called DeSantis an “authoritarian” and drew parallels between him and German dictator Adolf Hitler.
“It’s unfortunate that he has not denounced Nazis, he has not denounced the insurrectionists, hasn’t been holding them accountable, and so he needs to be held accountable,” Fried said.