Politico Called out for Objectively False Claim About DeSantis

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As Hurricane Ian rages along the Gulf Coast, Twitter users chastised the online news magazine Politico for a Tuesday Twitter post that incorrectly claimed Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., had never faced the crisis of a hurricane striking his state while in office. A claim which was quickly determined to be objectively false.

DeSantis assumed office in January 2019, and Hurricane Sally reached the Florida panhandle in September 2020, wreaking havoc on the city of Pensacola in particular.

Politico shared a link to a story headlined “DeSantis faces the true test of any Florida governor,” with the following text, “Gov. Ron DeSantis spent his first term becoming one of the most influential Republicans in the country. But he still hasn’t faced one of the toughest challenges a Florida leader can encounter: a hurricane.”

Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for the Ron DeSantis reelection campaign responded directly to the tweet.

“Florida has some of the world’s best emergency management leadership and personnel. Governor DeSantis and his team are doing everything possible to ensure our state is prepared. Sorry to disappoint liberal media activists who are constantly cheering for the destruction of Florida” Pushaw continued.

Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Fla. also joined in the online chorus against Politico’s false claim:

“Fact Check: FALSE. Hurricane Sally hit Pensacola in September 2020, it was the most destructive hurricane to strike Pensacola in 16 years. Here’s @GovRonDeSantis at a briefing, committing to keep tolls lifted after our main bridge was destroyed. C’mon @politico” Andrade tweeted.

Politico modified the article later in the afternoon to include the qualifier that DeSantis had not encountered a “major” hurricane, and included a note at the conclusion that stated, “CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to add that Hurricane Sally affected the western part of the Florida Panhandle in 2020.”

Other political observers also took their own swings at the online publication:

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