Governor Ron DeSantis to WaPo, ‘legacy media’ after ‘defamation’ attempt: ‘We don’t care what you think anymore’

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis condemned the Washington Post and “legacy media” at a Wednesday press conference in which he told them, “We don’t care what you think anymore.”

During an appearance in West Palm Beach, DeSantis was asked about a recent Washington Post article that accused her publicist Christina Pushaw of potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by registering. belatedly as a foreign agent for the former president of the country of Georgia.

DeSantis called the article a “libel piece” and said he was “not deterred” by the attempt.

“I am not discouraged by the vilifications of these old media outlets. The only reason they attack her is because she does a great job and is very good at exposing their lies and false stories. “, did he declare.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami’s Freedom Tower, Monday, May 9, 2022, in Miami.
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He continued: “Anytime they smear someone, you know that person is over the mark and scared of them. I would be much more concerned about my publicist if the Washington Post was writing about him. Then I thought something was wrong.”

Pushaw’s attorney, Michael Sherwin, said in a statement obtained by Fox News, “Ms. Pushaw volunteered helping defend former Georgian President Miikheil Saakashvili, a close ally of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the need of free elections and democratic institutions in Georgia, where she lived at the time.

“She was then paid for some of this work, totaling $25,000 over two years, which covered some of her living expenses. Her efforts included writing opinion pieces, reaching out to supporters and officials, and defending his name in Georgia and in the United States,” Sherin explained.

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Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Collier County Public Schools building in Naples, Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Collier County Public Schools building in Naples, Florida.
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“The work was completed in 2020. Ms. Pushaw was recently informed by the DOJ that her work on behalf of Mr. Saakashvilli likely required registration with FARA. Ms. Pushaw filed for registration retroactively as soon as she has been informed,” the statement concluded. .

DeSantis also called out the media for continuing to push hit tracks against his administration.

“I think what we need to understand is that these legacy DC and New York outlets – we don’t care what you think anymore. We know you’re peddling stories. We know you’re lying We know you don’t care about the facts. And so you can try to smear me or anyone in my administration as much as you want. All that will do is embolden us to carry on. forward for the people of Florida,” Desantis said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

He concluded by saying, “I think this was a totally ridiculous attempt at defamation and it will have absolutely no impact on anything we do in our office.”

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In a comment to Fox News, Pushaw said, “I’m blessed to work for a leader who really doesn’t care what the mainstream media thinks of him, his program, or his team. FARA’s purpose is the transparency, and I’ve always been transparent and open about my work experience in Eastern Europe, which ended months before I started working for Governor DeSantis. that I might be required to check in, I have worked proactively to complete check in as soon as possible.

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