Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, condemned both the Washington Post and “the legacy media” at a press conference on Wednesday during which he told them, “We don’t care what you think anymore.”
During an appearance in the city of West Palm Beach in Florida, Ron DeSantis was questioned regarding a recent Washington Post article that accuses his press secretary Christina Pushaw of possibly being in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by untimely registering herself as a foreign agent for the former president of the Georgia country.
DeSantis described the article as a “smear piece” and said he would “not be deterred” by the move.
“I am not deterred by any smear piece by these legacy media outlets. The only reason they’re attacking her is because she does a great job and she’s very effective at calling out their lies and their phony narratives,” he said.
He added, “Whenever they’re smearing somebody, you know that person is over the target and they’re scared of them. I would be much more concerned with my press secretary if the Washington Post was writing puff pieces about her. Then I would think something was wrong.”
Michael Sherwin, the attorney of Christina Pushaw declared in a statement obtained by Fox News, “Ms. Pushaw did volunteer work helping to advocate for former Georgian President Miikheil Saakashvili, a close ally of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the need for free elections and democratic institutions in Georgia where she was living at the time.
“She was then paid for some of that work, totaling $25,000 over two years, which covered some of her living expenses. Her efforts included writing op-eds, reaching out to supporters and officials, and advocating on his behalf in Georgia and in the United States,” Sherwin explained, as reported.
In the end, the statement concluded “The work ended in 2020. Ms. Pushaw was notified recently by the DOJ that her work on behalf of Mr. Saakashvili likely required FARA registration. Ms. Pushaw filed for the registration retroactively as soon as she was made aware.”
Governor DeSantis additionally blasted the media for what he called “continuing to push some hit pieces against his administration.”
“I think what we need to understand is that these legacy outlets in D.C. and New York – we don’t care what you think anymore. We know you peddle narratives. We know you lie. We know you don’t care about the facts. And so you can try to smear me or anyone in my administration all you want. All this will do is embolden us to keep moving forward for the people of Florida,” DeSantis stated.
He ended his remarks by stating, “I think it was a totally ridiculous attempt at smearing and it will have absolutely no impact on anything we do in our office.”
In a comment to Fox News, Christina Pushaw said, “I am blessed to work for a leader who genuinely does not care what legacy media thinks about him, his agenda, or his team.”