Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) fired back at ‘The View’ after Alyssa Farah Griffin, former White House Director of Strategic Communications, claimed he was scamming his donors.
While on the show, Griffin said, “What a lot of these apps and websites do is you click to give once and it actually signs you up to recurringly give. It is so unfair; it is a grift, it is terrible; it is horrible.”
DeSantis strongly disagreed with the accusation and responded, “I got accused by some of these people on one of these shows about, oh you know, he’s raising all of this … and they tried to say that we had auto-donate, where it keeps going every month. We do not do that.”
No evidence was given that this was happening. Instead, evidence from the contribution site for Ron DeSantis has an additional box that must be checked in order to have recurring donations.
DeSantis continued, “We do not do that auto because we don’t want people to have these charges if that’s not something they didn’t agree with. So they tried to act like I was doing that and then some of these media went and said, ‘Wait a minute, he’s not doing that.’ So they were lying about that.”
Did they not think that people would investigate?
The entire basis of the conversation was that DeSantis was going to have a massive “war chest” at the end of his campaign. The View estimated that DeSantis will have around $200 million by the time of the election.
DeSantis added, “At the end of the day, we have folks, some people are on fixed income, very limited, and they will donate a certain amount and that’s very meaningful. Not everybody has the capacity to write these big (checks) … we would never do automatic unless you personally as the contributor, press that button.”
DeSantis pointed to honesty as a means of accepting donations and it wouldn’t be honest to run a campaign based on the was The View suggested he was getting donations.
This attack isn’t about donations. It’s another tactic from the left to discredit DeSantis and sow seeds of doubt in voters ahead of the November 2022 midterm election.