On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at an event in Long Island where he hammered Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for the “flimsy indictment” against former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis appeared at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City as part of “The Florida Blueprint” speaking tour sponsored by the conservative nonprofit group “And to the Republic.”
According to a February report in Politico, “The Florida Blueprint” speaking tour is being coordinated by “And to the Republic,” a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group that supports the Florida governor’s national political activity.
During Saturday’s event, the popular Republican governor blasted Bragg for his “dangerous” soft-on-crime policies, noting that the Manhattan DA routinely downgrades felonies to misdemeanors.
DeSantis accused the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office of using “legal gymnastics” to turn a misdemeanor into a felony to indict Trump. He said Bragg is “doing politics” that is fueled by an agenda and “not the rule of law.”
In outlining his state’s blueprint, DeSantis said Florida will continue fighting “woke” in government, schools, and corporations, and vowed that his state will never “surrender to the woke mob.”
CBS News New York reported that a handful of Trump supporters showed up outside of the museum to protest the Florida governor’s appearance. But those in attendance liked what they heard from the popular Republican.
“And to the Republic” hosted the events DeSantis held in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia last month where he spoke to law enforcement officers. More recently, the group hosted Governor DeSantis’ event in Cobb County, Georgia last Thursday, as well as Saturday’s event on Long Island.
“And to the Republic” is an issue advocacy organization that, according to Politico, does not have to disclose its donors. It is headed up by policy and political strategist Tori Sachs, the former executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund.