If you want to get a good chuckle out of watching Florida Governor Ron DeSantis absolutely destroy a leftist reporter, then you need to watch this clip of him doing exactly that after she pushed his buttons in just the wrong way:
As background, DeSantis was being pressed on the case of Rebekah Jones, a nurse who has since struck a plea deal with prosecutors regarding an unauthorized message being sent via the Florida healthcare system encourage people to resist Governor DeSantis’ Covid policies. WPTV, reporting on what was going on with Jones around the time the above moment happened, said:
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at Jones’ Tallahassee home on Monday.
Jones, who was fired for unauthorized public comments about the state’s COVID-19 dashboard in May, has been under investigation since early November when someone illegally accessed Florida’s emergency alert health system.
[…]The FDLE said someone accessed the system last month, sending an unauthorized message to more than 1,700 state employees, urging them to speak out.
“It’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead,” the Nov. 10 message read. “You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be a part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.”
So, as you can hear in the above video, the reporter pressed DeSantis on Jones and what was going on with her, asking “Were you aware that the Rebekah Jones raid was about to happen?”
DeSantis blew up on her after she asked the question, not backing down or apologizing about the raid on Jones and instead saying “It’s not a raid! I’m not gonna let you get away with it. These people did their jobs. They’ve been smeared as the Gestapo for doing their jobs.”
Continuing, Governor DeSantis then defended what the police had done and said it was completely legal, defending the raid fully. Speaking on that, he said:
“What were they supposed to do? Just ignore it? Of course not. It was not a raid. They were serving valid process in accordance with the laws and the Constitution of the United States and the state of Florida. They did it with integrity. They did it with honor. And to say it was a raid is disinformation.”
Jones, for her part, insisted at the time that she was innocent. Declaring her innocence, she said:
“I don’t know the first thing about computers. If something is wrong with your computer, I’m liable to make it worse. Being a statistician doesn’t mean you know how to program computers. It means you know how to analyze information.”
Despite declaring her innocence at the time, however, Jones has since struck a plea deal. South Santa Rosa News, reporting on that, noted that:
Rebekah Jones, a former Florida Department of Health data scientist, on December 7 accepted a plea deal with prosecutors, meaning she will avoid a January 23 trial in Leon County on a felony count of offenses against users of (computers)
Featured image credit: screenshot from embedded Rumble video