‘That’s not normal’: DeSantis signs voter suppression bill into law — bars all local news but gives Fox 'exclusive'
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday morning signed a voter suppression bill into law that massively restricts access to the ballot box, following the lead of Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp. DeSantis, a Trump acolyte rumored to be a possible vice presidential choice should the former president decide and be able to run in 2024, barred all local news outlets from covering the event for Florida citizens.
We’ve been at the Hilton since 4 this morning, only to be told we can’t go in to hear the governor speak or sign th… https://t.co/K3faHNJ3qm— Madeline Montgomery (@Madeline Montgomery) 1620303084.0
Reporters waiting outside DeSantis event in West Palm. We are being told it’s a Fox News exclusive and private tick… https://t.co/uteU4x65VW— Danielle Waugh (@Danielle Waugh) 1620302937.0
But the Florida Governor did allow one media entity to broadcast the signing: Fox News, as Media Matters' Matthew Gertz notes:
Definitely not a GOP propaganda network just the network getting exclusive access to a Republican governor's signin… https://t.co/Vqd8HnjfZv— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz) 1620305311.0
Jay O'Brien, reporter for CBS12 News covering Florida politics:
Confirmed: @CBS12 News is not allowed into the event where @GovRonDeSantis will sign a controversial elections bill… https://t.co/PxFKS4SiUZ— Jay O'Brien (@Jay O'Brien) 1620302292.0
This isn't a story about the press being locked out of an event. It's about Floridians who had their eyes and ears… https://t.co/KHNaPK02nO— Jay O'Brien (@Jay O'Brien) 1620306875.0
Voting rights expert, Mother Jones' Ari Berman, called the move "extremely telling."
It’s extremely telling that DeSantis claims new Florida voter suppression law intended to boost “election integrity… https://t.co/6H9awJDqw5— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman) 1620305774.0
Here's DeSantis signing the bill on Fox News:
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) just signed the state's new restrictive voting bill live on Fox News (after barring local… https://t.co/w25tC5SbTC— The Recount (@The Recount) 1620305381.0
Reporters caught DeSantis exiting the hotel through a back door. He bragged about him signing the bill on "national news."
There goes the Governor. He Said the event wasn’t secret, “it was on national news” https://t.co/YWs82cDPjB— Danielle Waugh (@Danielle Waugh) 1620305938.0
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