A Democrat Critic's Attempted 'Freedom Caucus' Dunk on Ron DeSantis Backfires

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Florida Democrat, former state agriculture commissioner, and failed 2022 gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried has demonstrated on more than one occasion that she is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but her latest attack on Gov. Ron DeSantis may take the cake as perhaps her (unintentionally) dumbest one to date.


Fried, it would appear, thinks that being associated with the conservative House Freedom Caucus is a bad thing after the last few days on Capitol Hill where various factions of House Republicans engaged in passionate and sometimes highly contentious debates and votes on the House floor over what the priorities of the new House Speaker should be going forward.

So apparently with that in mind, Fried took to the Twitter machine on Monday to provide a reminder of then-Congressman DeSantis’ role in the formation of the caucus.

“Ron Desantis was one of the nine founders of the Congressional Freedom Caucus,” Fried tweeted Monday, as though that was a black mark against him.

Indeed, in a 2015 tweet, then-Rep. DeSantis proudly announced that he had “joined with some of my colleagues” to create the caucus, which at the time was meeting to sort out its bylaws:

According to a Politico report at the time, the mission statement for the House Freedom Caucus, which was first chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), was laid out like this:


“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans,” the caucus’s mission statement reads.

Unfortunately for Fried, her attack backfired spectacularly, as indicated by replies to what she wrote from people who had either forgotten about DeSantis’ role in the Freedom Caucus or who didn’t know.

They were thankful for the reminder, which endeared DeSantis to them all the more. I mean this was supposed to be a negative against DeSantis? I don’t think so.

“Even DeSantis’s enemies feel compelled to share reasons why he would be a great president,” quipped Professor Mark Youngkin in response.

The memes also flowed:

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), who helped lead the fight to get concessions out of Kevin McCarthy during the Speakership battle, chimed in as well:


Though we don’t know just yet if DeSantis will throw his hat into the presidential ring in 2024, this is just one more on a long list of accomplishments on his political resume that undoubtedly will work in his favor – not just with conservative Republicans but potentially with independents as well, many of who are also fed up with the status quo in Washington, D.C. and want change.

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