DeSantis: ‘We Chose Facts Over Fear’ - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
DeSantis: ‘We Chose Facts Over Fear’
Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his reelection victory speech on Nov. 8, 2022 (WSVN-TV/YouTube)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaimed to a raucous crowd in Tampa, “The people have delivered their verdict: Freedom is here to stay.”

With 85 percent of votes tabulated at the time of the victory speech, DeSantis led Charlie Crist by 59 percent to 40 percent in a landslide not experienced in Sunshine State gubernatorial elections since Democrat Bob Graham beat Republican challenger Skip Bafalis by an almost two-to-one margin four decades ago.

How to explain the Florida trouncing?

“We chose facts over fear,” DeSantis explained to his supporters. “We chose education over indoctrination. We chose law and order over rioting and disorder. Florida was a refuge of sanity when the world went mad.”

A live crowd chanted “USA! USA! USA!” and, in a nod to an expected presidential run, “Two more years!”

“We have not only won reelection,” DeSantis declared, “we have rewritten the political map.”

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Daniel J. Flynn
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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website,   
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