Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has now reportedly called on Congress to intervene if tech giant Apple moves to remove Twitter from the app store due to new CEO Elon Musk’s dedication to free speech.
DeSantis was addressing infrastructure projects in Duval County, Florida, when he shifted his focus to a number of other concerns, beginning with the ongoing COVID-related lockdowns and demonstrations in China.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 29, 2022
DeSantis began by referencing rumors that Apple was not allowing demonstrators to connect via the AirDrop capability, stating that this was basically providing aid and comfort to the Chinese Communist party.
The Florida Governor went on to say that the experts had previously been wrong on a lot of things, and that Twitter’s previous regime had worked quickly to kill dissent rather than enabling honest dialogue on the platform or allow anybody to question the their liberal narrative.
“Their response was to try to just suffocate the dissent, and Elon Musk knows that’s not a winning formula,” DeSantis said.
“And so he’s providing free speech, and so if Apple responds to that by nuking them from the app store, you know, I think that would be a huge, huge mistake…And it would be a really raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress.” he continued.
DeSantis’s political star is on the rise, having risen from a relatively unknown Florida politician to one of the most talked about conservatives int eh country, with many political observers now believing he will challenge former President Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.