In a recent development, investigative journalist Laura Loomer has exposed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for using his official presidential campaign account on X, @TeamDeSantis, to promote videos of him carrying out his duties as the governor of Florida during the preparations for Hurricane Idalia. This activity, according to Loomer, is illegal and has prompted criticism from her and others.
Drawing attention to one particular @TeamDeSantis post, Loomer shared a video of the governor providing an official update on the hurricane situation. Alongside the video, she commented, “This is illegal. Here we have @GovRonDeSantis’ s official Presidential campaign account @TeamDeSantis using footage of him doing his official duties as Governor of Florida for the sake of campaigning for President.”
Loomer continued to express her disapproval of the DeSantis for president campaign, highlighting their exploitation of a disaster for political gain. She stated, “DeSantis’s campaign is using Hurricane Idalia for the sake of promoting his Presidential campaign. Gross. Also illegal to mix campaign activities with official taxpayer-funded business.”
Meanwhile, the @TeamDeSantis account continued to share videos of Governor DeSantis fulfilling his official duties as the hurricane approached the coast. However, within these posts, there was a notable absence of any footage related to Governor DeSantis’ efforts to address Florida’s ongoing insurance crisis. Loomer has been leading the critique of DeSantis’ insurance policies, which she argues have resulted in a significant number of Florida residents being unable to afford insurance for their properties.
To highlight this issue, Loomer highlighted an article addressing the concerns of Florida homeowners with citizens insurance. She emphasized the potential danger that Governor DeSantis’ policies have placed them and their homes in, and President Trump even shared her article on social media.
Critics of DeSantis find it rather repulsive that he presents himself as prepared to tackle the storm while failing to address the insurance crisis prevalent in the state. They argue that the Governor’s priorities seem misplaced, as the welfare of his constituents suffers due to his inaction.
Furthermore, this incident is not the first instance where DeSantis has been accused of leveraging the people of Florida for personal gain. Earlier this year, DeSantis’ allies in the Florida State House passed a law allowing him to concurrently run for President and serve as Florida’s Governor. This move raised suspicions about DeSantis’ intentions and his willingness to prioritize the interests of the residents he represents.
All these actions suggest that DeSantis regards the people of Florida merely as pawns in his personal political ambitions. This sentiment has left many questioning his commitment to serving the best interests of the state and its residents.
Ultimately, Loomer’s exposure of Governor DeSantis using his official campaign account to promote hurricane-related videos has sparked concerns about the legality of his actions. In addition, the criticism of DeSantis’ handling of the insurance crisis has heightened skepticism about his priorities as Governor of Florida. As this story unfolds, it remains to be seen how DeSantis will respond to these allegations and whether there will be any legal repercussions for his campaign activities.