In recent news, esteemed conservative pundit Megyn Kelly sprang to the defense of Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida’s governor and potential GOP presidential contender Ron DeSantis, in light of some unwarranted name-calling by liberal media members.
It all started when David Jolly, MSNBC analyst, and former GOP representative, took a dig at Mrs. DeSantis during Jonathan Capehart’s show, dubbing her as “America’s Karen.” A guest on the show escalated the discourse by equating the Florida first lady to Serena Waterford, a malicious character in the dystopian book and TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It didn’t end there as they mused about other monikers, like “Walmart Melania”.
Never one to let such antics slide, Megyn Kelly offered a counter-narrative. In her podcast, she suggested that the vitriol directed towards DeSantis stemmed from an acknowledgment of her threat to their narrative. She further noted the striking double standards at play, highlighting the absence of a similar outcry had such comments been made about a left-leaning figure. Kelly remarked, “It’s always fair game against a Republican wife. They hate her in a special way.”
In the same vein, conservative panelists on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” admonished their MSNBC counterparts for their unwarranted attacks. Emily Compagno, in particular, criticized their mockery of a woman who has accomplished so much and surmounted personal health challenges like breast cancer.
On the receiving end of this criticism, Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor, expressed his views on Fox’s “Varney & Co.” He highlighted his wife’s strength as Florida’s first lady and underscored her threatening persona to the left due to her powerful message about parental rights.
Even The New York Times, known for its left-leaning perspective, admitted that Casey DeSantis plays a critical role in her husband’s political journey. The Times described her as the ‘not-so-secret weapon’ and the ‘primary sounding board’ of his political venture, lauding her as a vital asset or possibly, in some views, a potential liability.
Through it all, it is clear that for Ron DeSantis, his wife’s impact offers a means to secure the ‘holy grail’ of presidential campaigns: reliability.
In conclusion, this incident serves as a stark reminder of the skewed lens through which the media often views conservative figures. The unwarranted attacks on Casey DeSantis underscore the need for a fair and balanced media landscape that respects individuals across the political spectrum. As conservatives, it is essential to stand against such biases and promote a culture that values character over political leaning.