DeSantis on Crist Calling DeSantis Voters ‘Toothless’: ‘He Is Insulting the Voters’

August 26, 2022 Updated 9:21 AM ET

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida (Gage Skidmore).
Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida (Gage Skidmore).

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed Charlie Crist in a Mark Levin interview after Crist told DeSantis supporters he did not want their vote.

“He is insulting the voters,” DeSantis said.

Crist is the Democrat nominee in the gubernatorial race against DeSantis. The day after the Florida primary, Crist called DeSantis supporters “haters”: “If you have hate in your heart, keep it there.”

“I want the vote of the people of Florida who care about our state – good Democrats, good Independents, good Republicans. Unify with this ticket. Unify with Val Demings and Charlie Crist. Unify with us,” he said. “Those who are haters – you’re gonna go off in your own world. And you better get right.”

The governor explained that his supporters are parents who care about their kids’ education.

“It’s not because of hate in their hearts. You have workers whose jobs were saved because we kept the state open,” DeSantis said. “He wanted to lock it down. It’s not hate in their hearts. They’re just very appreciative of the leadership.”

The DeSantis campaign recently shared a video of Crist calling conservatives a “toothless crowd.”

“So while Ron DeSantis is trying to score political points with the red mean, hard right toothless crowd, his actions have consequences on Florida families,” Crist said.

“He’s also referred to conservative voters as the ‘toothless set,’ DeSantis said. “And so this is a guy that is, I think, he realizes that this is the end of his career. So he’s lashing out. He’s attacking people. And this is just not a way to win an election.”

In a recent CNN interview, Crist called President Joe Biden an “exceptional” leader.

“And so what he wants to do is he wants to take Biden’s policies, and he wants to impose those on the state of Florida and I think most folks in Florida are not going to want to do that,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis pointed to a letter he received from Crist in July of 2020 asking for the state to be locked down during the pandemic.

“If we listened to him and done that, it would have devastated our state. Instead, we ended up being the state that people gravitated towards,” DeSantis said. “We had people working, businesses thriving. And now our economic indicators surpass the national average on virtually everything.”

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