Nikki Fried compares DeSantis to Hitler’s rise to power

  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried has compared Governor Ron DeSantis to a “dictator”.
  • “The actions that Ron DeSantis took reflect some of the actions that were taken by Hitler during his rise to power,” Fried said.
  • Fried has expressed opposition to DeSantis and his policy decisions.

Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried compared Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to a “dictator” and doubled down on the claim that DeSantis’ actions were comparable to Hitler’s.

“What I said, very clearly, is that a lot of the actions that Ron DeSantis took mirrored some of the actions that were taken by Hitler during his rise to power,” Fried said in a television interview with WPTV. , a local station. in West Palm Beach, Florida.

She was also asked about previous statements she had made comparing DeSantis’ policies to Hitler’s, including the governor’s proposal for a state-level civilian military unit.

When pushed back on those statements, Fried, who is Jewish, said DeSantis also did not speak out against neo-Nazis during recent neo-Nazi protests in Florida.

DeSantis denounced the controversy at a press conference in January, saying Democrats were using the protests for political gain.

“So what I’m going to say is these people, these Democrats trying to use this as some kind of political issue to try to smear me like I had something to do with this, we’re not playing not their game,” DeSantis said.

Fried, Florida’s current agriculture commissioner, has voiced her opposition to DeSantis and is running against him as a midterm Democrat this year. She criticized Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill as censorship and hosted an event at the Florida Capitol to honor transgender and abortion rights activists in opposition to policies by DeSantis.

“He’s spent the last three and a half years taking power, limiting people’s right to vote, scapegoating communities, denying women the right to make a decision for their own bodies, which makes harder to protest,” Michael Fried told the WPTV interviewer. Williams.

Fried is the only Democrat currently elected to public office in the state of Florida. She announced her candidacy for governor in June 2021. She is one of the few Democrats vying to take on DeSantis midterm. Florida’s primary election will take place on August 23.

DeSantis and Fried did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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