When discussing the ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., broke federal sex trafficking laws, MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Glenn Kirschner baselessly speculated over whether Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had involvement.
Reid and Kirschner were discussing a report from Politico Wednesday about an alleged trip to the Bahamas in 2018 involving Gaetz, GOP fundraiser Jason Pirozzolo, and former Florida state Rep. Halsey Beshears. At the time, Gaetz was a top adviser to candidate DeSantis.
“If you’re Ron DeSantis, does it feel like it’s creeping closer to you?” Reid said. “Because these are your friends, these are your allies.”
Without any evidence, MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Glenn Kirschner insinuate that Ron DeSantis will be implicated in the sex trafficking ring with Congressman Matt Gaetz and Joel Greenberg involving drugs and hookers.
Kirschner: “[T]hings are creeping closer and closer to him. ” pic.twitter.com/kmJbrkhPeS
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“You have to believe that DeSantis, I mean, these are his boys, these are his guys, right we’ve seen the pictures, we’ve seen the stories,” Kirschner said. “You have to believe that Ron DeSantis, if he has done anything wrong, feels like things are creeping closer and closer to him.”
Notwithstanding that the Gaetz investigation is ongoing and Democratic politicians have been eager to ignore due process, given the Florida Democratic Party already demanded his resignation, the attempt to loop DeSantis in with zero evidence whatsoever is demonstrative of the media’s disdain for the governor.
In early April, CBS’ “60 Minutes” produced a deceptively edited report on DeSantis, claiming he was involved in a pay-to-play Publix grocery store conspiracy that has been debunked on a bipartisan level. The network notably left out several minutes of footage of DeSantis denying the reporter’s narrative. They also failed to request some interviews with key figures, while intentionally leaving other interviews out. CBS’ Sharyn Alfonsi doubled down on the reporting and mocked readers last week for having objections to the conspiracy.
This latest attempt to smear DeSantis by claiming “things are creeping closer and closer” to him is telling of the frantic and conspiratorial state of corporate media.