Democrat Charlie Crist, in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, stood by his claim that incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is one of America’s major “threats to democracy.”
The left-wing Clearwater Democrat, who was once Florida’s Republican governor, has promised throughout his campaign to be a “uniter.”
Yet he seemed utterly oblivious to, or dismissive of the fact as Biden has done, that by calling DeSantis a “threat to democracy” that he was saying the same about DeSantis’ voters.
Fox anchor Brett Baier asked Crist about a tweet issued on Wednesday, when he said, “I’m going to go head-to-head with one of the biggest threats to democracy this country has seen: Ron DeSantis. We have 6 days to build the people-power we need to fight back his MAGA extremism — who’s with us?!”
“Do you think that that is the right closing message when you’re trying to reach, as you said in the beginning, across the aisle to Republicans who may like policies in the previous administration?” Baier asked.
“Well sure, I do, because I think people need to know what the differences are between us,” Crist replied.
“I’m pro-democracy, I’m trying to make it easier to vote,” Crist continued. I’ll make Election Day in Florida a state holiday. On the contrary, the Governor has made it harder to exercise mail-in voting.”
He noted that his parents, who are 90 and 88, respectively, favored voting by mail, but found it more burdensome this year. Crist failed to explain why his folks had difficulty or what the issue was.
“In addition to black and brown voters in our state, he’s made it more difficult for them to have drop-boxes to get their ballots in community sections all over the Sunshine State — that’s not pro-democracy,” Crist said.
“Everybody should have the right to vote and be able to exercise that right to vote.”
Democrats treat drop boxes as if they are sacrosanct, yet they are a relatively new phenomenon. Just eight states had laws governing their usage until the 2020 pandemic, which caused their utilization to explode for that election, according to the Pew Research Center.
Except for claiming that shelving them is racist, Democrats have failed to defend the idea of why the boxes are needed when mail-in balloting has been around longer and when almost every state allows for early voting.
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that just four states — Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi, and New Hampshire — forbid early voting in person. Among the 46 states that do allow it, the average early-voting period is 23 days.
Additionally, the idea that it is difficult to vote in Florida is absurd on its face.
The state Division of Elections reported Friday morning that 3.9 million voters had already cast ballots, either by mail or in person at early-voting sites.
The data showed that a total of 3,887,262 Floridians had voted by mail or at early voting sites, including 1,696,281 registered Republicans and 1,440,584 registered Democrats.
Unaffiliated voters had cast 696,547 ballots, while third-party voters had cast 53,850.
All counties are required to offer early voting through Saturday, with 18 extending early voting to Sunday. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
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