Charlie Crist opens Ukraine offensive against Ron DeSantis
As tensions escalate in Ukraine, the Democrat charlie christ keep on defying Ron DeSantiswondering if the incumbent Republican will “support democracy abroad”.
Crist’s campaign issued a statement Wednesday challenging the DeSantis administration, asking the question, “Why won’t Ron DeSantis stand up for democracy abroad?”
“Governor. The DeSantis administration is shamefully failing to come up with a clear answer about its support for democracy abroad, from Ukraine to Cuba to Venezuela. That should be easy, Governor. Just tell the people of Florida whether you are for democracy or for Vladimir Poutine, Nicola Maduro, and the Castro regime. Your silence is a slap in the face to countless Floridians who have suffered at the hands of authoritarians and dictators,” campaign press secretary Crist said. Samantha Ramirez.
To reach this conclusion, the Crist campaign highlighted a quote from the DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushawwho stoked controversy when she invoked her own professional experience in that part of the world and questioned America’s ability to “promote democracy” in foreign countries given what it sees as problems on the home front.
“Before 2020, I was an idealist who really wanted to help Ukraine become a strong democracy. I spent a lot of time in Ukraine, I still have friends there that I worry about now. But the sad reality is that the United States is unable to ‘promote democracy’ abroad as our own country crumbles,” Pushaw tweeted.
In following tweets, she described herself as “skeptical of the State Department’s democracy promotion efforts”. Pushaw then gave examples of where the federal government has failed.
“Maybe because we were treated to tweets about by Anthony Blinken Spotify playlist while Afghanistan fell to the Taliban? Maybe because my former boss is a political prisoner in a Democratic ally and the day he was arrested the State Department tweeted about International Pronouns Day? Pushaw continued.
Wednesday’s criticism of the Crist campaign followed a tweet of the congressman asking DeSantis to report on Pushaw’s positions.
“America stands for freedom and democracy. We strongly support democratic values when they are threatened, whether at home or abroad. This statement is unpatriotic and should be condemned by DeSantis,” argued Crist .
Pushaw countered the Crist campaign’s framing of his remarks and the broader international situation in comments to Florida Politics on Wednesday.
“The Governor’s past statements and actions regarding Cuba and Venezuela speak for themselves. I’m not a psychologist, but there seems to be a projection here,” Pushaw said, noting that christ himself visited Cuba in 2019.
Pushaw made the rest of the remarks as an individual, reiterating his skepticism of an expanded US role in the region.
“As my tweet made clear, I believe we as Americans face serious challenges at home with the (Joe) Biden administration’s refusal to do its job of securing the border of our own country, along with the President’s blatantly unconstitutional power, is taking over COVID-19 mandates. Addressing issues in our own country should take precedence over ‘democracy promotion’ abroad,” argued pushaw.
She then dismissed the framing of Crist’s attack as inappropriate.
“Furthermore, it has nothing to do with taking sides in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which is not about the ‘promotion of democracy’ but about Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. Pushaw said.
Pushaw previously highlighted the incongruity of the Democratic candidates attacking him by attacking DeSantis.
“Aspiring gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Fried Nikki attack me, just a staff member, because they know they are NOT at (DeSantis’) level,” she said. tweeted Wednesday.