We previously reported how the “Where's Ron” conspiracy theory Democrats and liberal media types' pushing against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blew up in their faces. They'd been trying to claim that he's been missing over the past week during the “crisis” in his state.
As we noted, not only wasn't he missing, he'd been working, doing meetings, and in the office this week, despite it being a holiday week. His office regularly releases his schedule to the media, so the media knew that. But some went along with the conspiracy anyway. But on top of still working, he was also taking his wife Casey to cancer treatments.
A couple of honest media folks backed up where DeSantis was.
Can also confirm what @PeterSchorschFL is reporting here. Gov. DeSantis has been by his wife’s side during cancer treatment for much of this week and also working (meetings, calls, etc).
You can disagree with his policies and handling of COVID.
But the rest just isn’t true. pic.twitter.com/lKpYXacsOi
— Jay O'Brien (@jayobtv) December 31, 2021
When the information about his wife was revealed, it made people who had pushed the ridiculous conspiracy, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) look extra slimy.
Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like 2 weeks?
If he’s around, I would be happy to say hello. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks.
In the meantime, perhaps I could help with local organizing. Folks are quite receptive here 🙂 https://t.co/LmmqT8eLDh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 31, 2021
DeSantis' spokesperson called out AOC for her signing aboard the idiocy.
Embarrassing, even for you. https://t.co/GNK70W3Vte
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) December 31, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis has a wife fighting aggressive breast cancer and 3 small children that he is caring for.
His youngest is 1 year-old.
You sip a martini in a red state he runs as your blue district collapses under your garbage policies.
Sit down, Queen Marxist Antoinette 🍸 https://t.co/jPwd36dbVB
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 31, 2021
But even after the information about DeSantis' wife was revealed, there were still some in the liberal media who couldn't let their horrible tribalism go and continued the attack because they couldn't be bothered to just do their job and find the truth.
for 17 days??
try again; https://t.co/k5tkiRMx8j
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) January 1, 2022
Then why did his office a) not just say that and b) put out after the fact schedules showing that he was meeting with staff? https://t.co/OsWTT5EInQ
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) January 1, 2022
Spin, spin spin. While I feel for his wife, cancer treatments take a few hours. He is the governor of a state in crisis. If he can’t govern and be there for his wife he should resign. https://t.co/v8njeefQbA #FoxNews
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) December 31, 2021
“Spin, spin spin,” Florida-based journalist Leslie Abravanel tweeted. “While I feel for his wife, cancer treatments take a few hours. He is the governor of a state in crisis. If he can't govern and be there for his wife he should resign.”
Um, journalist? He was working and that schedule was available to the media. You simply chose to ignore it. His wife's treatments took more than a few hours, since the honest media said he was “by his wife's side during cancer treatment for much of this week.” But this is an example of just how vile the left can be when they abandon morality for the pull of politics. How you can treat a family having to deal with cancer like that is beyond me. But these folks live in unreality.
The other reason I wanted to point this out was how it is an indictment not of DeSantis but of the Democrats who Abravanel supports. Everything she says is more applicable to Joe Biden, who said there was no federal solution as the numbers of COVID cases hit the highest ever and fled to the beach for a week. There was also Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey who just came back from eight days in Costa Rica, as New Jersey has one of the highest case rates in the country. Then going back a couple of months, you also had Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg who bailed on his position for two months of unannounced family leave during the supply chain crisis. Then there was California Gov. Gavin Newsom who just inexplicably disappeared for ten days for “family obligations” and canceled engagements that he had scheduled — including being at a climate summit.
So, if we apply Abravanel's standard, then these Democrats should be submitting their resignation letters. But not only aren't they doing that, the same folks who had a fit over the imaginary “DeSantis missing” conspiracy didn't have any issue or call any of these Democrats for going on vacation/taking off. Indeed, Abravanel sent Buttigieg congratulations.
— Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) January 1, 2022
Meanwhile, DeSantis celebrated the New Year at a concert last night, touting the “freest state in the United States.”
“I wish you all a Happy New Year,” DeSantis told the crowd in attendance. “I'm glad we're going to be able to celebrate the new year in the freest state of the United States.”
“If you've seen what's happened over the past year and a half in this country – Florida, we stood up for your freedom, we stood up for your rights,” DeSantis said. “We were not going to let government take away the rights that are the gift from God, not from government.”
Now that's the kind of “missing” we all could use.