While the political world was transfixed on Washington D.C. by a whistleblower complaint and potential impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday blasted the move by U.S. House Democrats as “a charade.”
“People ask me, ‘do you miss being in Washington?”’ DeSantis said during a press conference in the Panhandle. The answer was: “No, never.”
“I mean, it’s such a charade. They do the same stuff over and over again,” DeSantis said. “I just wish they’d focus on issues affecting the American people.”
DeSantis served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years before he was elected governor last fall.
He was in Mexico Beach on Thursday – the town that got the worst of Hurricane Michael last year. DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis, and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis were there to announce $1.1 million for first responders in areas impacted by Hurricane Michael.
But the Category 5 storm was also the perfect backdrop for DeSantis to bemoan how the federal government has become too wrapped up in investigating the president as opposed to helping the American people.
He noted that it took nearly eight months for the federal government to pass a disaster-relief package to aid residents in the Panhandle.
“They’re so preoccupied with investigations that they’re not focusing on what the American people actually want to get done,” DeSantis said. He also blasting members of Congress who “make a scene” to get on cable news.
“Man, focus on some issues that really matter,” DeSantis said. “I think that the Congress, although they eventually approved the money- the delay that it took them to do it? I think that left people in this community down and I know a lot of people feel the same way.”