Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office turned down an invitation for the governor to appear on “The View,” questioning the hosts’ motives for wanting him on the show.
The program sent the invite Monday telling the governor’s office they would “be honored” to have DeSantis appear on the show. DeSantis’ deputy press secretary, Bryan Griffin, told “The View” that his office will “pass on the offer” in light of co-hosts’ past remarks about the governor.
“Thanks for the invite. I understand that you are sending this request on behalf of your team,” Griffin wrote in a Tuesday email. “But are the hosts of the View really interested in hearing from Governor DeSantis about all of the important work he is doing on behalf of Floridians to protect their health and livelihoods, to stand up for parents and children, and to defend freedom? Which of the below statements from the hosts of the View do you recommend our team considers when deciding if the interview will be a genuine pursuit of truth? Or worth the time?… We will pass on this offer.”
Griffin quoted co-host Joy Behar calling DeSantis a “negligent, homicidal sociopath” in August 2021, and co-host Sunny Hostin calling the governor a “fascist and a bigot” in June 2022. The email also included a remark from co-host Ana Navarro, who said in April 2022 that DeSantis’ policies are “anti-Black,” “anti-gay” and “anti-American.”
Another statement included Sunny Hostin accusing the governor of targeting marginalized groups such as African Americans and LGBTQ+ people.
“It started with CRT. Let’s remember that — and those are anti-history laws, anti-Black history laws, really,” she said. “If you start coming after Black people, what comes next, right? Of course the LGBTQ+ community, and then women, and then other marginalized groups.”
DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, applauded Griffin’s response in a Tuesday tweet.