In response to the news that former President Trump had been indicted, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) reportedly condemned the “weaponization of federal law enforcement” but avoided an unequivocal defense of his chief 2024 GOP rival.
DeSantis’ remarks were in response to Trump’s statement that his counsel had been notified that he had been indicted in connection with an investigation into his management of classified documents discovered at Mar-a-Lago.
The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society.
We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.
Why so zealous in pursuing Trump yet so passive about Hillary or Hunter?
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) June 9, 2023
Tuesday, the former president was ordered to appear in court in Miami.
Other 2024 Republican presidential candidates also released statements in response to the federal indictment, but DeSantis’ response was widely anticipated as the Florida governor is viewed as Trump’s most formidable opponent.
The Florida Republican’s comments came within hours of the news of the indictment — a much quicker response than earlier this year, when DeSantis waited days before weighing in on charges brought against Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) regarding payments Trump allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.