Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis swiftly rejected an offer this week from ABC’s “The View” to appear on the left-wing program.
Deputy press secretary for DeSantis, Bryan Griffin, said on Monday that Governor DeSantis received an invite to appear on the show, but declined the offer on Tuesday.
“@TheView emailed our office on Friday asking for us to arrange an appearance from Governor DeSantis on the show. “We would be honored,” they wrote,” said Griffin.
On Tuesday, Griffin responded to The View.
“But are the hosts of The View really interested in hearing from Governor DeSantis about all of the important work he is doing on behalf of Floridians to protect their health and livelihoods, to stand up for parents and children, and to defend freedom? Which of the below statements from the hosts of The View do you recommend our team consider when deciding if the interview will be a genuine pursuit of the truth? Or worth the time?” Griffin replied.
- Joy Behar, August 2021: “You’re just short of calling [Governor DeSantis] a negligent, homicidal sociopath, because that’s what he is.” She added: “What is he doing? He’s risking the lives of children, children’s parents, their grandparents, anyone they may come into contact with, so he can appeal to his white supremacist base, so he can continue in his career and get reelected.”
- Sunny Hostin, June 2022: ” Death-Santis … I think he’s a fascist and a bigot.”
- Ana Navarro, April 2022 (on Governor DeSantis’s policies): “It’s anti-black, it’s anti-gay, it’s anti-LGBTQ+ community. And for some reason, the Republican base responds to it.” And “It’s anti-American. It’s what happens in Venezuela. It’s what happens in Nicaragua.”
- Sunny Hostin, February 2022 (on Governor DeSantis’s policies): “It started with CRT. Let’s remember that – and those are anti-history laws, anti-black history laws, really,” she said. “If you start coming after black people, what comes next, right? Of course the LGBTQ+ community, and then women, and then other marginalized groups.”
“We will pass on this offer,” Griffin said. “Also please note – we don’t coordinate appearances or events of a political nature from the official office. Our role is to serve the people of Florida.”
Governor DeSantis’ Spokeswoman Christina Pushaw responded to Griffin, “There is nothing that infuriates liberals more than seeing their own insane words repeated back to them in black and white.”
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