Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis posted a tweet Tuesday calling Washington, D.C., a “swamp” and again decrying the “weaponization of government” following news that former President Donald Trump was being indicted in a third criminal case, this one related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
While the tweet specified that DeSantis had not read the indictment, it went on to note that “one of the reasons our country is in decline is the politicization of the rule of law.”
DeSantis, who is running against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, said as president he would replace the FBI director and “ensure a single standard of justice for all Americans.”
The social media post does not mention Trump by name. The latest indictment had been widely expected after Trump announced in July that he’d been told he was a target of the Justice Department investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith.
DeSantis, in the social media post, added that “we need to enact reforms so that Americans have the right to remove cases from Washington, DC to their home districts. Washington, DC is a ‘swamp’ and it is unfair to have to stand trial before a jury that is reflective of the swamp mentality.”
The comments echo remarks DeSantis has previously made.
In June, after Trump was indicted on charges of mishandling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, DeSantis tweeted that politicized law enforcement “represents a mortal threat to a free society.”
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