Ron DeSantis is on a roll.
He’s the popular governor of Florida. His approval rating keeps climbing. And he’s so well-liked outside the state that he’s considered a possible 2024 presidential candidate.
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That put an enormous target on his back — and soon enough, Democrats came forward to take a shot at him.
Last year, a woman named Rebekah Jones became the talk of the town.
She claimed she knew where the bodies were buried, quite literally.
Rebekah Jones worked for the state of Florida, where she entered data about the state’s infection rate and the number of deaths from the coronavirus. Those numbers go on the internet, to let the public know how bad the situation is in the state at any one time.
Jones claimed to have inside information that would embarrass DeSantis.
Jones said DeSantis wanted her to change the figures in order to hide how bad the spread had gotten. She claimed she was asked to lie to keep DeSantis from looking like a failure, and to make the Sunshine State look like it was safe enough to reopen… even though the reality might get people killed.
Soon, she got fired from her job she claimed, because she refused to lie.
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She set up multiple GoFundMe pages to keep her “truth” flowing by opening her own website, where she reported her own coronavirus numbers as an alternative to the site she used to run.
Of course, DeSantis isn’t letting that slide. Not only did he fire her, but he sent the police to her home to search the premises and seize her computer files.
She posted video of herself telling officers, “Do not point that gun at my children! He just pointed a gun at my children!”
Then she tweeted, “They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids.”
Police “took evidence of corruption at the state level. They claimed it was about a security breach.”
But what was really behind this?
“This was DeSantis. He sent the gestapo,” her tweet claimed.
There will be no update today.
At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech.
They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH filed a complaint.
They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids.. pic.twitter.com/DE2QfOmtPU
— Rebekah Jones #Vaccinated (@GeoRebekah) December 7, 2020
The Fake News media picked up her story and ran with it. For a few months, her story spread faster than COVID-19.
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And, it blackened the eye of the popular governor DeSantis. It smeared him.
“Rather than use his executive power to protect Floridians, DeSantis abuses it to attack scientists who dare to sound the alarm about Florida’s inept, dangerous response and apparent manipulation of data. That is not leadership; it is autocratic repression,” wrote Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic Party.
She called for multiple federal investigations based on Jones’ testimony.
Jones claimed she just wanted to keep bringing the truth to people. She set up a series of GoFundMe pages to raise money, “for computers,” she claimed.
She set up her own version of the state’s COVID-19 website, but with data she claimed was accurate. She raised more than half-a-million dollars for computers, and hundreds of thousands of dollars to make up for the wages she lost (and then some).
Jones’ story had all the marks of a great scandal: A popular Republican, pro-Trump governor lying in order to do the president’s bidding? A story like that was too good to pass up — or to fact check, so no one did.
Finally, National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke looked into it and called the story “nonsense from start to finish.”
“Jones isn’t a martyr; she’s a myth-peddler. She isn’t a scientist; she’s a fabulist. She’s not a whistleblower; she’s a good old-fashioned confidence trickster,” he wrote.
It turns out almost everything she said was a lie.
Jones claimed she built Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance dashboard “from scratch.” She didn’t build anything; she just entered numbers into the computer.
She tried to lock her co-workers out of the system. She caused a massive data breach by downloading many employees’ private records.
She refused to enter the numbers into the system properly and started releasing data to the media that was false. But rather than fire her, her supervisors tried to work with Jones — the attractive blonde — who just entered her early 30s.
Jones wasn’t an infectious disease expert, as she was often called: She was basically a data entry clerk.
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And she didn’t know what she was talking about it. She double-counted infections, possibly triple-counted them. She didn’t really know what she was reading, so she would wing it and she got the numbers wrong, according to Cooke.
The charges pressed against her weren’t from DeSantis; they were because of her huge download of private information. Police released body camera footage of Jones’ arrest. No one ever pointed a gun at her, much less her children. They waited patiently on the porch for more than 20 minutes for her to show up, while she ran around her house.
Eventually, Jones turned herself in, and she could face the music for her strange series of crimes.
DeSantis survived another huge, lying attempt to kill his presidential career before it starts.
Stories like this are a reminder of how crooked the mainstream media are — and how important The Horn is.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”