Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ press secretary categorically denied a “plea” from the governor to Donald Trump to cancel the Saturday, July 3 rally in Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota is a city located just over 300 kilometers from Surfside, the site of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium tower.
“There was never, at any time, a ‘plea’ from Gov. DeSantis or anyone on his team to cancel or postpone the rally,” Christina Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary, told Fox News.
Pushaw insists that the governor’s office was not given enough time to respond to the newspaper, leading to an “inaccurate headline.”
“This confusion could have been cleared up very easily,” she added.
It all started Wednesday when the Washington Examiner published an article about an internal or political rivalry between Republicans DeSantis and Trump, claiming they were in a “feud” over Trump’s rally this weekend in Florida. The report claimed DeSantis made a “plea” for Trump to postpone the event.
Pushaw justified herself by saying: “The Washington Examiner reporter who wrote it neglected to contact me until an hour before her deadline, and she did not get a comment from the governor’s political team at all before publication.”
The governor’s office said DeSantis would have joined the rally under normal circumstances but that his duty is “to be in Surfside, making sure the families and the community have what they need after this tragic building collapse,” where rescue efforts are continuing.
According to the Washington Examiner, Liz Harrington, Trump’s spokeswoman, defended the decision to hold the rally and said Trump had spearheaded a fundraising campaign for the victims of the fateful event.
“Like all Americans, President Trump sends his deepest condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones or been displaced by the terrible tragedy in Surfside. The event in Sarasota, however, is on the other side of the state, 3 1/2 hours away, approximately the same distance from Boston to New York, and will not impact any of the recovery efforts,” Harrington said. “In fact, President Trump has instructed his team to collect relief aid for Surfside families both online and on-site at the Sarasota rally.”
Rallies and censorship
The Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) will be covering the rally live today (July 3, 2021, at 8:00 pm ET) from Sarasota via the rumble platform.
From early morning, Trump and MAGA movement supporters are gathering to see and hear the former president.
“10+ hours till President Trump’s speech. Scattered thunderstorms throughout the day with a high of 88. Yet the line of attendees in Sarasota continues to grow exponentially. UNBELIEVABLE!” tweeted RSBN’s VP of Operations.
RSBN will use the rumble video platform after YouTube censored the account and removed its latest video of Trump’s rally earlier last week.
Former President Trump held his first rally of the political season on Saturday, June 27, in Wellington, Ohio, at the Lorain County Fairgrounds supporting Max Miller. Miller is challenging Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Never-Trumper who voted to impeach President Trump in January.
Around 7 p.m., 181,000 people were watching the live stream of the rally, and President Trump had not even taken the stage. When he finally took the podium, 195,000 people were watching, according to a Gateway Pundit report.
The RSBN video had more than 2 million views until YouTube removed the video.
According to data collected and published online by a researcher, Youtube has removed thousands of dislikes on videos from the official White House account. Youtube is in collaboration with the Biden administration as it continues to censor conservative voices.