At a press conference today, Ron DeSantis devoted time to floating a conspiracy theory that the FBI was involved in “orchestrating” the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. DeSantis’ claim has been debunked by numerous fact checkers, and is an attack on the law enforcement officials who have helped hold the violent extremists who stormed the Capitol accountable.
“As his governor openly promotes a baseless conspiracy spread by the same people whose lies about the 2020 election encouraged a violent mob to storm the Capitol, will Marco Rubio muster the political courage to speak out? If Rubio cravenly stays silent while DeSantis continues to spread lies about the January 6 attack, his weakness will only fuel the same extremism that led to deadly violence a year ago today,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox.
Rubio has never had the courage to stand up for the truth following January 6. His cowardly refusal to support a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack was criticized as “hypocritical” and led the Orlando Sentinel editorial board to conclude that he “will never do the right thing.” Rubio was also excoriated for staying silent in the wake of Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. “The senators know they’re guilty, too, having done nothing to quell his lies, or the rage that he fueled,” Carl Hiaasen wrote of Rubio and Rick Scott in the Miami Herald.