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Actress Sarah Silverman took aim at MSNBC host Joy Reid for sounding the alarm on Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for a proposal for a civilian-military force in his state.
DeSantis introduced a plan to re-establish what’s called the Florida State Guard that can quickly aid the response to hurricanes and other emergencies. Several other states across the country including New York and California have similar civilian forces.
The article goes on to state the following:
However, despite how common it is for states to create their own civilian military force, news outlets suggested DeSantis is tapping into authoritarian impulses.
On Thursday, DeSantis said, “We want to make sure that we have the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible. That will require us to have access and be able to use support in ways that are not encumbered by the federal government or don’t require federal government.
“So I’m going to be recommending in the budget $3.5 million to re-establish the Florida State Guard. The Florida State Guard will act as a civilian volunteer force that will have the ability to assist the National Guard and state-specific emergencies.”
Following the governor’s announcement, a headline on CNN’s homepage said, “DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control.”
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control. But in a nod to the growing tension between Republican states and the Biden administration over the National Guard, DeSantis also said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be ‘not encumbered by the federal government.’ He said this force would give him ‘the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.’”
In the fourth paragraph of the report, CNN finally stated that Florida would be the 23rd state to establish the type of force DeSantis proposed.
“States have the power to create defense forces separate from the national guard, though not all of them use it,” CNN reported. “If Florida moves ahead with DeSantis’ plan to reestablish the civilian force, it would become the 23rd active state guard in the country, DeSantis’ office said in a press release, joining California, Texas and New York. These guards are little-known auxiliary forces with origins dating back to the advent of state militias in the 18th century. While states and the Department of Defense share control of the National Guard, state guards are solely in the power of a governor.”
CNN’s story went viral and was shared by liberal media personalities. One of them was Reid, who declared in a tweet, “So… y’all know this is fascisty bananas, right…?”
Silverman responded to the “Reid Out” host, knocking her for being uninformed.
“Please read the article before you post this stuff you’re a news outlet. The truth has to matter,” Silverman tweeted.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 3, 2021
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