Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to anwser after reporter asks why he blamed Florida’s broken aid system on the unemployed
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) refused to address his comments blaming the unemployed for their inability to navigate Florida’s broken social services, leaving the question to one of his officials.
As DeSantis was leaving a press conference, a reporter asked him if he still thought the applicants were to blame.
“The governor is a Yale lawyer, I thought he could answer his own questions,” said Politico journalist Gary Fineout after the governor refused to answer and walked off.
Critics say that Florida has one of the most dysfunctional unemployment benefits systems in the United States, and it is causing major problems as the coronavirus pandemic puts hundreds of thousands out of work. There is evidence that some Republican lawmakers, as well as DeSantis’ predecessor Rick Scott, deliberately made the system prohibitively difficult to navigate to ensure unemployment rolls stayed low.
DeSantis has pledged to fix the problem. However, he recently caused outrage by blaming the problems on the people applying, saying they are just making too many errors while signing up.