Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is “Christmas” for Democrats and the mainstream media before vowing to pass on what he called the “nauseating” coverage.
”This is their Christmas,” DeSantis said during a news conference about COVID-19 testing in West Palm Beach, referencing Washington and New York-based media outlets.
“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they can to be able to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he added.
DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, predicted the coverage would be a “politicized Charlie Foxtrot,” using military slang for a chaotic situation.
“I don’t expect anything good to come out of anything that [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the gang are doing. I don’t expect anything from the corporate press to be enlightening. I think it’s going to be nauseating, quite frankly, and I’m not going to do it,” he said, adding that most Floridians would not pay attention either.
According to DeSantis, his Sunshine State constituents have more pressing concerns, such as inflation, gas prices, and rising crime rates.
“There is an obsession with this among the DC-New York journalist class, and I think it’s because it allows them to spin a narrative that they want to spin,” he said.
He also condemned comparisons of Jan. 6 to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, describing them as an “insult.”
“But let’s just be clear here, when they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people who are going into those buildings,” he said. “And it’s an insult to people when you say it’s an insurrection and then a year later, nobody has been charged with that. People are being charged with disrupting proceedings or that. I think it’s very important in fact that if this is what you said it was, why are you not charging people?”
The Florida governor’s press conference happened at about the same time President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris gave remarks in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall reflecting on the events of that day one year ago.
Harris said Jan. 6 will be remembered as one of the dates that “echo throughout history.”
“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory. Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6, 2021,” she said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that more than 725 people have been arrested and charged in the Capitol riot, and he expects more apprehensions to come.
“Those involved must be held accountable. There is no higher priority for us at the Department of Justice,” said Garland, who added that the DOJ “remains committed to holding all Jan. 6 perpetrators at any level accountable under law, whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.”