Nikki Fried — who actually believed she could be elected governor of Florida — made a cringe-worthy campaign joke about Gov. Ron DeSantis being a dictator.

Ron DeSantis is doing everything he can to become a dictator. He’s already half of that word there.

— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) January 5, 2022

In case you didn’t get it, she Photoshopped DeSantis over a background of taters.

Someone take her phone.

— Tammy Baldwin Fan (@TammyBaldwinner) January 5, 2022

Now that he’s declared his candidacy, the good folks at The Guardian are helping “Florida groups” get out the warning that DeSantis is a dictator.

If you’re democratically elected twice, you’re not a dictator…everyone quoted in this article lost an election by 20 points, of course they’re not in power and the Republicans are.

— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) May 25, 2023

Richard Luscombe reports from the terrorist state of Florida:

Minority groups and others in Florida trampled by Ron DeSantis during his march to a White House run are warning of democracy in peril at a national level.

The rightwing Republican governor’s announcement on Wednesday that he was seeking his party’s 2024 presidential nomination provoked anger and a renewed promise of resistance from transgender rights advocates, immigrant organizations, and civil and voting rights groups in Florida, who have borne the brunt of his extremist policies and legislation.

One prominent Democratic state congresswoman called Florida “the canary in the coalmine” for the wider US as DeSantis prepares to hawk his hard-right brand on the national stage.

“His hard-right brand.” No, it’s not an opinion piece. This is just Luscombe getting a quote from every aggrieved activist group that exists to play the victim card. The NAACP, right.

Here we go…

years later, same smears.

— Robert Myers ???????????????? ????‍☠️???? (@Rondo2) May 25, 2023

Everything he accomplished was through the legislature too.

— MATTMcAllister (@Catfatmatty) May 25, 2023

They really wrote an article based on comments from Fried?

— Matthew Battle (@librab103) May 25, 2023

Has there ever existed a dictatorship that more people wanted to move into than out of?

— Chris Oldman (@ChrisOldman4) May 25, 2023

Author took comments off. No surprise

— John Manuel (@jcmanuel2323) May 25, 2023

Florida is also the most free state in the union. If Desantis was trying to be a dictator he really sucks at it

— Chris (@ChrisClark4314) May 25, 2023

It’s wild that people keep moving to Florida for that sweet, sweet dictatorial rule

— Joey Jo-Jo Jr Shabadoo (@JoShabadoo) May 25, 2023

Goodness, after reading it I scrolled back up expecting to see Editorial or Opinion Piece next to the title.

— Outside the box (@tonyagunn7) May 25, 2023


You can easily spot a neocommunist or someone who’s been duped by their propaganda because they use words like “fascists nazi white supremacist dictator” to describe honest civil servants like RDS.

— Cheesehead Snoopy ???????????????????????????????????????????? (@WI_politics_now) May 25, 2023

cue the predictable stories about Hitler being elected

— Dr. Judgmental Shoelace, PhD. ???????? (@DocKilmer) May 25, 2023

But he’s banning books and drag shows and not letting schools teach about slavery and outlawing books that even mention black people.


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NBC News is happy to help push narrative that Ron DeSantis is an authoritarian fascist dictator

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 4, 2023

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