Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t afraid to handle a confrontation. He made it clear this week that he’s not going to let people get away with spreading false information about him.
The 2024 Republican presidential candidate took on a heckler on Thursday during a press conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The heckler tried to blame him for a shooting in the city last month saying the governor allowed it to happen. DeSantis strongly condemned the shooting at the time.
From The Daily Wire:
“First of all, I did not allow anything with that,” DeSantis said. “I’m not going to let you accuse me of committing criminal activity. I am not going to take that. I am not going to take that.”
DeSantis had to talk over the protester who continued to heckle him during the public event. The governor made it clear that the alleged shooter had been “Baker Acted” – referencing a prior incident when law enforcement officials had placed the suspect on a mental health hold years before the tragedy.
That first act, DeSantis explained, should have ruled the alleged shooter ineligible to buy a gun. Since law enforcement didn’t involuntarily commit him, he said, because of the first incident the alleged shooter was able to buy a gun before the Jacksonville shooting.
DeSantis continued his confrontation with the heckler by challenging the claim that the heckler was speaking his “truth.” The governor said, “…everyone doesn’t have their own truth,” but, “There is the truth.”
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DeSantis also fired back about any claims that he “allowed” something bad to happen.
“That is such nonsense,” DeSantis said. ““You don’t get to come here and blame me for some madman. That is not appropriate and I’m not going to accept it.”
DeSantis went on to tout his administration’s record of supporting law enforcement in efforts which he said has resulted in a 50-year low in the crime rate in Florida. These efforts, he said, have attracted people to come to the state in large part because of the commitment to public safety.
DeSantis concluded by expressing the power of policies that hold people accountable who hurt other people so that “when you do the crime, you do the time.”
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis takes on heckler during press conference.
- DeSantis makes sure that the public gets “the truth” about false claims.
- The presidential candidate won’t let heckler blame him for “madman.”
Source: The Daily Caller