After calling for the Department of Justice to keep an eye on election-related actions of Florida officials, warning of Governor DeSantis attempting to “circumvent or override democratic norms, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) is accusing Governor DeSantis of courting “white supremacist insurrectionist” votes.
The comments from the gubernatorial hopeful come at a time when Democrats and Republicans are divided on gun control.
Governor DeSantis, in a move that angered Democrats, vetoed a budget that affected the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. His veto blocked a move that would have called for a review of concealed weapon permits.
However, according to Fried, the decision stems from Governor DeSantis wanting to draw political gain ahead of the upcoming November election.
In a fundraising email, Fried commented that “it’s no wonder why DeSantis denied us funding – he wants permitless carry in Florida, no matter how many lives are put at risk, and he wants the support of violent, white supremacist insurrectionists when he runs for President in 2024.”
Moreover, Fried called DeSantis an "authoritarian" after the Governor vetoed $2 million for contraceptions to be available for low-income people.
Fried expressed that “there’s only one reason DeSantis could have for taking away access to essential medical care for low-income women: to exercise authoritarian control over Florida women and over Florida’s leaders, including Florida Republicans.”
“If you weren’t already convinced that DeSantis is a petty dictator, this should be all the proof you need — and I’m asking you to help me end his authoritarian regime,” she added.
While DeSantis has not confirmed if he'll be running for president in 2024, polls indicate that he is favorable over the likes of President Donald Trump (R), President Joe Biden (D), and Vice President Kamala Harris (D).
In a recent University of Nevada poll, DeSantis polled better with Democrats and Independents than Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (R) did.