If conservatives learned anything from the Donald Trump presidency, it was that fighting back pays off.
Former President Trump fought back against liberal activists disguised as journalists in the White House press corps, he fought back against the liberal Hollywood entertainment complex and he fought back especially hard with the monolithic institutions of the establishment media.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is proving he learned that lesson well — particularly after the CBS program “60 Minutes” staged a nationally televised smear job on him on Sunday.
In the segment, which tried to blast Florida’s coronavirus vaccination program based on apparently isolated problems — no state in the country has had a perfect vaccination experience — “60 Minutes” correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi essentially accused DeSantis of running a “pay to play” operation by putting the Florida-based Publix Super Markets grocery store chain in charge of vaccination distribution.
DeSantis, of course, is no shrinking violet when it comes to defending himself. And, it showed Tuesday on a visit to Panama City, in the Florida Panhandle. In response to a question at the tail end of a news conference, DeSantis lashed out at “60 Minutes” and the “smear merchants” of the establishment media as a whole.
“They cut out everything that showed their narrative was a piece of horse manure,” he said, drawing laughter from a crowd that knew he had a stronger word than “manure” in mind.