One year ago today the infamous January 6th riot on Capitol Hill took place in an effort to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Now, Democrats are expected to start talking up the events again with gubernatorial candidate and US Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) accusing Governor DeSantis (R-FL) of "aiding and abetting," January 6th rioters.
Today, Governor DeSantis spoke at a press conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, and addressed the 1 year anniversary of the tragic events on Capitol Hill. However, DeSantis' commentary was not what national Democrats expected him to say.
Gov. DeSantis compared the attacks on the Capitol to the baseball game practice where a supporter of Bernie Sanders attempted to kill Republican lawmakers in 2017. DeSantis praised the Capitol Police officers at the field that day and pointed out that the blatant assassination attempt received minimal news coverage in comparison to the Capitol riot that took place.
DeSantis added that the January 6th riot allows media outlets to “create narratives that are negative about people supporting Donald Trump.”
Rep. Crist however, gave a response within minutes to the governor's comments. Crist stated, "No Ron, there's nothing to celebrate. You are aiding and abetting those that would overturn a free and fair election, for President, without which, we would no longer be a free people." The gubernatorial hopeful added, "Wake up, stop playing politics with our democracy."
Crist, as of now, seems to be the front runner in a contested Democrat primary race for the governorship. State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-40) and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) are also seeking the nomination, but have a more progressive appeal.