Conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has caused an uproar for mocking Parkland school shooting survivors on twitter. He’s also set to speak at a conservative Summer Summit in Orlando, and many people are questioning whether or not he should be uninvited for his remarks.
In response, many Florida lawmakers have responded, denouncing D’Souza’s comments. Now, congressman Ron DeSantis, also a candidate to replace Florida Governor Rick Scott, is responding by commenting that he does not agree “with what [D’Souza] tweeted but I would not disinvite him.”
His response comes in a video released from American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive advocacy group.
In the video, congressman DeSantis is seen speaking to reporters and detailing that “Guys like me can make it clear, I would not have tweeted that. [D’Souza] says a lot of things I disagree with and that’s just the reality of the situation.”
In an email sent to reporters, American Bridge Spokesperson Zach Hudson explains that “It’s unfortunately not surprising that Ron DeSantis would defend a crackpot conspiracy theorist who bullied the Parkland survivors.”
DeSantis’ opponent, Adam Putnam, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, also denounced D’Souza for his tweets, and Hudson also attacks Putnam by saying that Putnam “is trying to have it both ways by criticizing D’Souza’s comments but legitimizing them by sharing the stage with him. The Republican Primary for Governor continues to be a race to the bottom of who is more out of touch with Florida voters.”
As Election Day draws closer, both the Democratic and Republican candidates have amped up their attacks on their respective opponents.