(CBrief) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was accused by a left-leaning reporter of dodging her questions on Monday but his team has since released a video that directly contradicted her claims.
Tara Palmeri of Puck News, formerly with Politico, released a piece under the headline “Ronny on the Run” where she claimed he allegedly avoided her hard-hitting questions, leading her to conclude he is a “paper tiger” who is not yet ready for “prime-time.”
“It was my first personal observation of what DeSantis’s critics mean when they call him a paper tiger—a superficially perfect test-tube Republican candidate who, on closer inspection, is probably not ready for prime-time,” Palmeri noted on Twitter in a post containing a link to her report.
“[I]n person, I immediately sensed a very different potential candidate: a guarded politician who had no interest in actually engaging with other humans and was perhaps even a little scared of the spotlight. He had trouble making eye contact with people in the crowd,” she added.
Red State noted: “For context, this is the same reporter who proclaimed back in March via ‘sources’ that DeSantis might be taking a weight-loss drug. So as you can see, she’s a super-serious reporter and not at all a left-wing attack dog.”
After she posted her story, DeSantis’ team — which was monitoring the exchange — released the video showing the “hard-hitting” questions she was asking.