DeSantis accuses press of Jan. 6 ‘obsession’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis accused journalists of having an “obsession” with the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots.

DeSantis, at a press conference about COVID-19 testing on Thursday, told the press he believed they had given the riots too much attention to promote their own narrative.

“There is an obsession with this among the D.C.-New York journalist class,” DeSantis said. “I think it’s because it allows them to spin a narrative that they want to spin.”


“This is their Christmas: Jan. 6,” the Republican governor said. “They are going to take this and milk this for anything they can to be able to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump.”

DeSantis compared the riots to the 2017 shooting at a congressional baseball practice, where “Bernie Sanders guy” shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others.

“That was like a one-day, two-day story,” he said. “That was not something that the Capitol-based press wanted to talk about. Why? Because it totally undercut their preferred narratives.”

The governor then referenced the press coverage of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, claiming their coverage “damaged trust in institutions.”

As for DeSantis’s own opinion of Jan. 6?

“It’s not something that I’ve been concerned about in my job here because, quite frankly, it’s not something that most Floridians have been concerned about,” he said.

While DeSantis claims it was important to “hold people accountable” for rioting, he pointed out no one has been charged for inciting an insurrection.

“I think it’s going to end up being just a politicized Charlie Foxtrot today,” he said. “I don’t expect anything good to come out of anything that 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.”

President Joe Biden spoke at the Capitol Thursday morning, admonishing the rioters and criticizing former President Donald Trump for spreading misinformation about the election.

Trump responded to the speech, claiming the Jan. 6 anniversary is “political theater” and a “distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed.”

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