DeSantis Causes Outrage with Criticism of Trump's Indictment, Admits He Didn't Read It

With a tweet criticizing the most recent indictment of former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) managed to annoy everyone and then admitted that he hadn't even read the document.

The Special Counsel Jack Smith-convened grand jury indicted Trump on four counts on Tuesday, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. The 45-page indictment, which was unveiled on Tuesday, makes serious accusations about the former president's alleged attempts to rig the 2020 presidential election and his participation in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.


This is Trump's second federal indictment and third overall; however, given that the Fulton County DA is still looking into his attempts to tamper with the Georgia election, this may not be the last one he receives this year.

DeSantis tweeted his response to the indictment: "As President, I will end the weaponization of government, replace the FBI Director, and ensure a single standard of justice for all Americans." DeSantis, whose campaign claims to be trying to reboot as his polling numbers have fallen steadily further and further behind the front-runner Trump, posted this in response to the indictment. I have watched reports but haven't read the indictment. But I do think we need to make changes to give Americans the ability to have cases transferred from Washington, DC to their local districts.

Washington, DC is a "swamp," and it is unfair to go on trial in front of a jury that reflects that mentality, according to DeSantis' post. The politicization of the rule of law is one of the factors contributing to the decline of our nation. No more justifications; I'll stop turning the federal government into a weapon.

The tweet drew swift and harsh condemnation for both his admission that he had not read the indictment but was opining on it anyhow and for the substance of the reforms he vowed to make "As President" — "end the weaponization of government" and allow Americans to remove cases from D.C." — drawing ridicule from the full spectrum of MAGA Republican Trump supporters, Never Trumpers suspicious of his efforts to push to the right of Trump, and skeptical liberal commentators an

Regardless, it has now been almost three hours since the indictment was made public, giving DeSantis, a Harvard Law School alumnus, plenty of time to read it and comment in light of his actual familiarity with the accusations and charges set forth therein.

Having decided against doing so, he has not tweeted since his 5:51 PM message.

Even harsher criticism came from Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington, who tweeted shortly before 8 p.m. ET to inquire whether DeSantis had "[h]ad a chance to read this BS from the regime trying to interfere in the election by removing your number one political opponent on sham charges (for the third time) yet."

If your objectives are the same as theirs, how can you defeat the deep state, she continued.


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