Months-old photo used to falsely claim DeSantis had to 'bend the knee' to Biden for hurricane relief

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A blue check liberal by the name of Tom Watson shared a photo of Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, and President Biden with the caption ‘DeSantis bends the knee’. We don’t know much about Mr. Watson aside from that he is a self-described writer, professor, and liberal.

The problem is the photo was taken in July when a condominium collapsed in Surfside, Florida, killing 98 people. Biden and DeSantis met, in a move that was widely praised as a good example of bipartisan leadership at the time, to ensure full cooperation in rescue and recovery efforts.

Watson (and others) shared the photo, implying the governor had to kowtow to Biden to ask for hurricane relief in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ian.

DeSantis bends the knee.

— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) October 2, 2022

Twitter reacted harshly to the tweet.

Location: New York

Focus on your own state if you’re not interested in helping the people of Florida.

You are using a photo from a disaster in Miami-Dade County that killed 98 people in 2021.

To politicize a deadly hurricane in SWFL.

My only question is WHY?

— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) October 2, 2022

The ‘why’ is apparently to get a ‘sick burn’ in on Ron DeSantis for leveraging federal assistance to ease the suffering of the people of his state.

Conservatives have always been proponents of smaller government control, arguing that local control is better, and it frees citizens from bureaucratic abuse from an overbearing federal government. If he views the head of a state government as having to ‘bend the knee’ to get federal disaster assistance, Tom Watson apparently agrees.

Biden bends the knee.

— DB Lloyd (@db_lloyd) October 2, 2022

What a difference a couple seconds makes in a deceptively captioned photo, eh?

Isn’t this called misinformation or something?


‘Misinformation’ is primarily information that is bad for liberals. Tom’s tweet is ‘fighting to save our democracy’ or something.

Knee bend is a crucial skill.

— Alvaroidz (@Alvaroidz) October 2, 2022


As a Florida resident, I couldn’t be more proud of my governor.

Anyone who would post an old photo to try and score political points in the midst of a natural disaster is a garbage human.

— Mave McGillicuty (@MMcgillicuty) October 2, 2022

So far, it appears DeSantis has done a tremendous job both planning for and coordinating the aftermath of the hurricane. The Left is well aware of this, hence the need to pretend Joe Biden is somehow the one doing the heavy lifting by releasing federal funds – which is typical in these situations.

LOL, Tom taking the knee here in the comments. 🤣

— MEME THE LEFT (@memetheleft) October 2, 2022

He really didn’t think this one through, did he?

Yes, setting politics aside and meeting with a political adversary so people struggling in the aftermath of a natural disaster can get relief as quickly as possible is exactly like bending the knee… 🙄

— G (@justthatG_uy) October 2, 2022

Exactly. Even if this had been a photo related to the Hurricane Ian relief effort, isn’t this exactly what we want our leaders to do? Nope, some on the Left want to be sure GOP politicians are shamed over politics when their constituents are suffering.

When the crazy guy on the corner wants to wash your windshield with his greasy rag and you try REAL HARD to not make eye contact…..

— 𝓐𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓷 𝓡𝓪𝔂 now with EXTRA Cynicism! (@2CynicAl65) October 2, 2022

We’ve all been there.

The only knee here is the one this douche nozzle took to the groin.

— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) October 2, 2022


Oh I see now — you hit the TWEET button after conjuring up this idiocy. That was where you went astray.

— Brad Slager: Distracted at the Auto Show (@MartiniShark) October 2, 2022

It’s okay to read your tweet, read it again, and maybe just one more time … before deleting it.

The caring and compassionate Left, as people are suffering. 👇👇👇

— ⬛⬛⬛⬛MAGA King (@Brain_Pwr) October 2, 2022

They ‘never let a serious crisis go to waste’.

This is not from the current disaster.

Adults work with others even if they do not agree with them. It is called, “being professional”.

DeSantis is an adult. He will be working with whoever he needs to in order to protect Floridians.

Now is not the time for petty politics.

— Shayadjinn (@Shayadjinn1) October 2, 2022

Well said.

What could it possibly be like to be some of these people. It’s like trying to imagine the experience of having gills or using echolocation.

— Foster (@foster_type) October 2, 2022

We would like to be able to echolocate, if we’re being honest.

Don’t forget the more important point: Tom Watson thinks that you should have to pledge loyalty to Joe Biden in order to receive hurricane aid.

Sorry, Tom. That’s not how this works.

This isn’t a fascist dictatorship.

— max (@MaxNordau) October 2, 2022

It does seem rather fascist-y.

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