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On Monday, June 27, POLITICO made a major effort to antagonize the Trump and DeSantis campaigns by quoting two anonymous sources — allegedly close to the Florida governor — who told the outlet that DeSantis is hoping the controversial and politicized committee investigating Jan. 6 will affect former President Donald Trump.
According to POLITICO, various GOP donors are “getting sick” of the implications and negative reactions being generated by the congressional committee investigating Donald Trump’s responsibility for the Capitol assault. In particular, the media outlet says that, despite the fact that almost no conservatives are lashing out against Trump, many are fed up with the drama.
The controversy comes in when POLITICO says it interviewed a number of advisers and analysts in the conservative world, including two people allegedly close to the Florida governor, something that was flatly denied by Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign.
The first alleged interviewee close to DeSantis noted that GOP donors grew tired of the “circus” surrounding Trump regarding Jan. 6 and the congressional committee.
“There are of course the lunchbox Republicans who think this is a ‘mass conspiracy,’ but among the donor class, many are just tired of this. It’s a shitshow. Some donors are getting sick of the shitshow,” POLITICO’s source said.
The second source, whom POLITICO bills as a “Republican consultant familiar with DeSantis’ thinking,” in theory says the Florida governor “views the Jan. 6 hearings as a way to eventually get Trump indicted.”
“That’s where his head is at. He thinks the goal here is to get Main Justice to go after him,” the alleged consultant told the outlet. “That’s what Ron thinks this is all about.”
POLITICO contradicted by Ron DeSantis’s campaign
The POLITICO article did not go unnoticed by the DeSantis campaign, which directly disavowed the link of the media outlet’s anonymous interviewees and consultants to the Florida governor, calling the report “obviously false” in a commentary sent to El American.
“The hearings are a total circus meant to distract from Biden’s failures. Quoting unnamed sources to detail the Governor’s thinking when he has clearly stated that this is a farce is a predictable tactic from POLITICO and the corporate media. This is another embarrassing effort to distract from Democrat failures,” said a spokesman for the DeSantis re-election campaign.
The first media outlet to report the DeSantis campaign’s displeasure was Florida’s Voice. Its editor-in-chief, Brendon Leslie, said on Twitter that POLITICO “ used an anonymous source to say Ron DeSantis thinks the January 6th committee will indict President Trump. The Governor’s campaign told me it’s a total lie meant to deflect from Biden’s failures.”
Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, quoted Leslie’s report and said, “Keep in mind that Gov. Ron DeSantis does not talk to POLITICO or other legacy media gossip columnists, period. They’ve got nothing on him. That’s why they make up fantasies.”
DeSantis had already criticized the Jan. 6 committee
The curious thing about POLITICO’s report is that the media does not pick up the Florida governor’s public statements questioning the committee formed by Congress to investigate the takeover of the Capitol.
According to DeSantis, the media, along with the congressional committee, have promoted January 6 as a smoke bomb to distract the public from the real problems affecting the United States today, such as inflation, insecurity, or the immigration crisis.
“They’re trying to divert attention,” DeSantis said of the hearings dedicated to Jan. 6. “Why aren’t they doing hearings about more energy? Why aren’t they doing hearings about inflation? Why are they constantly beating this dead horse?”
“They’re showing that they don’t care what you’re going through at the gas pump, they don’t care what you’re going through at the grocery store or all these other things that have skyrocketed since (Joe) Biden took office,” DeSantis said of the media and their constant coverage of Jan. 6. “They’re trying to divert attention away from that and focus on other things that they think will help mobilize their voter base.”
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.