During a speech on Saturday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) urged Republicans in the Sunshine State to prepare themselves for the battle ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in November, promising them that he has “only begun to fight.”
Speaking during the Sunshine Summit’s Victory Dinner following a day of debates and speeches from Florida politicians and high-profile conservatives, the Florida governor pointed to the most important issues the state has faced over the past few years, including COVID, the illegal immigration crisis, inflation, gender ideology, Critical Race Theory and more.
According to DeSantis, Florida has met these issues head-on, though the governor warned politicians that left-wing activists and their allies in the media seek to “muddy the waters” and “create a blizzard of lies to blind all of us from what’s actually going on.”
“In times like these, it’s not enough to just be right on the issues,” DeSantis added. “Because in times like these, there’s no substitute for courage. You got to have the courage of your convictions to be willing to stand up against the media. You got to have the courage to stand up against things like cancel culture. You got to have the courage to stand up to the woke mob. You got to have the courage to stand in the way of the Brandon administration.”
The Republican governor went on to say that he believes things are looking good for the Republican Party in the November midterms.
“Even people that are not Republicans, and even people that have been voting for Democrats… they see, in their own life, the effect of Biden’s policies,” DeSantis said. “And so they are dissatisfied. And so we have an opportunity to build a massive coalition here in the state of Florida, and I think it’s there for the taking.”
“But you got to be ready for battle,” he cautioned. “So put on the full armor of God.”
“We are just getting warmed up,” DeSantis added. “I have only begun to fight. I’m standing my ground, walking the line all the way to the finish line, and I can tell you this: with your help, and everybody behind us, there is no doubt in my mind that come November, we are going to keep the state of Florida free.”
Prior to the event, Florida Republicans decided that the state’s big election year summit would be “invite only” for the media, choosing not to waste their time with news outlets who only plan to use their time at the event to try to make the conservatives there look bad.
“I’m not going to have a bunch of left-wing media asking our primary candidates a bunch of gotcha questions,” DeSantis said.
Reporters representing outlets such as The Daily Wire, The Washington Free Beacon, Americano Media, and Florida’s Voice received invites to the event. Politico’s Matt Dixon shared a private list of members of the press who were approved for the event in a post on Twitter, which sparked criticism from reporters who had not been invited — but who had claimed they wanted to attend.
“It’s funny that the very reporters who were uninterested in the Sunshine Summit were the same ones huddled in a corner across from the entrance hoping for a peek,” campaign spokesman Dave Abrams said in a statement to The Daily Wire.
“We aren’t bothered by their tantrums — in fact, it validates our presumption that fair coverage was never a thought for them,” Abrams added.