Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a candidate in the Republican primary race for governor of Florida, speaks to FOX News about calling New York Democratic socialist Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "this girl or whatever."
"She’s trying to play identity politics," DeSantis said of the response he received from Ocasio-Cortez. "I don’t care whether she Puerto Rican, whether she’s Anglo-Saxon, I don’t care whether she’s an Eskimo. Socialism doesn’t work. And it’s wrong. And you know what, I would say there’s probably a stronger aversion to some of our Hispanic populations in Florida than even the broader population."
DESANTIS: It’s not about identity politics, Bill, and I would note that she referred to herself as “a girl from the Bronx” Stephen Colbert’s show. She said Trump can’t handle a girl from the Bronx. So this is just political correctness run amuck but it’s a way to obscure scrutiny on her views, which are socialist and they’re wrapped in ignorance. In Florida, Bill, we have more people probably than any other state who have fled socialism, places like Cuba, Venezuela, Niagara and we understand socialism doesn’t work. And when you’re justifying it by saying the unemployment rate is low because people are working multiple jobs, it just shows you don’t know what you’re talking about. But one of the reasons I brought that up at that campaign stop was because she had been slamming Israel repeatedly throughout her campaign, but she was talking about the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but there’s no Palestinian state, there never has been a Palestinian state. She was asked to justify those views and she couldn’t justify her views. So if you’re slamming one of our strongest allies and if you’re doing based on really no knowledge whatsoever, I think the socialism and the ignorance is a toxic combination...
Again, she’s trying to play identity politics. I don’t care whether she Puerto Rican, whether she’s Anglo-Saxon, I don’t care whether she’s an Eskimo. Socialism doesn’t work. And it’s wrong. And you know what, I would say there’s probably a stronger aversion to some of our Hispanic populations in Florida than even the broader population.