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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gathered state Republicans for a conference and the liberal press was “crying” they weren’t invited, according to his spokesperson.
The Florida Republican Party’s Sunshine Summit was held over the weekend, with a “victory dinner” headlined by DeSantis on Saturday. In an article that was updated throughout the weekend but originally published on Thursday, the Tallahassee Democrat complained: “[DeSantis’s] party bans many reporters from covering its big election-year rally in Hollywood,” Florida.
The outlet noted that while this event was “traditionally open to the media”, this year “many media were not allowed to attend the event”.
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DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw scoffed at the outrage over the event which strategically decided its guests.
She tweeted: “It has come to my attention that some liberal media activists are angry that they are not allowed to attend the #SunshineSummit this weekend. My message to them is try to cry at this topic. Then go kickboxing and have a margarita. And write the same hit track you were going to write anyway.”
Pushaw’s comments were a play on a quote from former White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier this year when she said: “So my advice to anyone who is frustrated, sad, angry, pissed: feel those emotions, go to a kickboxing class, have a margarita, do what you have to do this weekend, then wake up Monday morning.”
Pushaw added that many liberal journalists attend conservative events with a bad faith mindset, intending to make the event’s organizers and attendees controversial to the public. “It’s an atmosphere killer when you attend a conservative event and it’s full of Daily Beast/VOX/Vice/Washington Post activists trying to stalk attendees and get content they can edit , take it out of context and post for their DNC overlords,” she noted in a July 23 tweet.
She slammed the media repeatedly complaining that the event didn’t invite them, tweeting, “The liberal media in Florida has been doomed to uselessness because these ‘journalists’ tell every story about themselves and their delusions. of persecution. People don’t want to read your hand-wringer.”
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The Tallahassee Democrat noted, “Among national publications, The Wall Street Journal received media credentials, but The Washington Post and The New York Times did not.”
“It is unusual to exclude most mainstream media organizations from the Summit,” the newspaper said, especially with the Congressional primary debates to be held.
He went on to suggest that the distrust of the liberal media makes DeSantis an increasingly Trumpian figure, “Trump also likes to disparage the media and, at times, bans certain media outlets from covering his events. DeSantis has been critical of the media a central part of his regular talking points.”
Even so, the outlet speculated that DeSantis may have shut out liberal reporters in order to give Trump more time in the public spotlight. He said: “This weekend, Trump will be speaking in Florida at a [different] conservative event in Tampa. The media are authorized to cover this event. Could Trump’s simultaneous appearance on Saturday night have something to do with restricted media access to the Sunshine Summit?
The article went on to provide a unique theory: “The growing attention DeSantis is receiving within the GOP would irritate the former president. DeSantis may not want to draw too much attention to himself on a night when Trump is also seeking star.”
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In case the article didn’t stress the point enough, he assured readers: “Whatever the reason, it is particularly unusual to ban many media from covering an event where candidates.