DeSantis blasts DA Bragg over Trump indictment

April 3, 2023
Robert Ayers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), over the weekend, continued his criticism of Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney who has indicted former President Donald Trump. 

According to the New York PostDeSantis tore into Bragg on Saturday during a visit that he took to Garden City, New York.

What was DeSantis up to in New York? He was fundraising.

It is anticipated that DeSantis, at some point, is going to announce his candidacy for the U.S. presidency. DeSantis is Trump's closest Republican rival for the 2024 Republican presidential primary. But, DeSantis has yet to officially announce that candidacy.

"All about politics"

During his New York appearance on Saturday, DeSantis referred to Bragg as "a menace to society," saying that the Manhattan district attorney "is all about politics."

"His whole thing is he doesn’t want people to be in jail, he wants to downgrade felonies to misdemeanors - really, really dangerous stuff," DeSantis said.

"And then," DeSantis continued, "he turns around, does a flimsy indictment against a former president of the United States. All these legal gymnastics to act like this is a felony – when almost every other time, he’s trying to take the felonies and downgrade them."

"This guy is doing politics! He has an agenda – that is not the rule of law," DeSantis said.

DeSantis, according to the Post, managed to earn himself a standing ovation for these remarks.

"The rule of law on its head"

DeSantis made his position on Trump's indictment clear shortly after the news of the indictment broke.

DeSantis, on Thursday, released a statement, saying:

The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head. It is un-American. The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent.

DeSantis, accordingly, added that "Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda."

Trump has not responded directly to DeSantis's statements of support, although, Trump has put out a statement generally thanking "everybody for the tremendous support" that he has received in recent days.

Prior to this, Trump - given the fact that DeSantis, on the Republican side, is his chief 2024 rival - had ramped up the attacks on DeSantis. But, for the time being, it appears that Trump has eased up on anti-DeSantis messaging.

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