Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. for indicting former President Donald Trump without naming him in speeches. DeSantis has been a potential rival for Trump in the Republican Party primary.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke about the indictment of former President Donald Trump during ‘The Florida Blueprint’ event in New York on April 1, 2023.
DeSantis Criticizes Bragg’s Indictment
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized the indictment of former President Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. During a recent event in Pennsylvania, DeSantis called out Bragg for his platform of downgrading felonies to misdemeanors and keeping habitual criminals out of jail. He accused Bragg of turning around and indicting Trump on misdemeanor offenses purely for political reasons.
DeSantis, according to Fox News, who is considered a potential rival to Trump in the Republican primary, avoided using Trump’s name during his speeches but appeared to defend him. He claimed that the left is weaponizing the law for political purposes and targeting their opponents. He also took a swipe at billionaire George Soros, calling him a menace to society and the rule of law.
In a speech in Long Island, the Florida Governor made similar accusations as Trump’s lawyer, alleging that the indictment against the former president was politically motivated and downgraded felonies to misdemeanors. Trump is expected to appear in court on Tuesday in relation to the case, which involves alleged “hush money” payments to Stormy Daniels.
Desantis Defends Trump Without Naming Him
DeSantis has been critical of the indictment without naming Trump. During a speech in Long Island, New York, he appeared to defend the former president by referring to Bragg’s focus on downgrading felonies to misdemeanors. DeSantis claimed that Bragg’s indictment against the former president was flimsy, but didn’t mention Trump by name.
CNN Politics reported that Trump is due to appear in court on Tuesday in New York City in relation to alleged payments to adult film star, Stormy Daniels. DeSantis’ office has not yet commented on the issue.