"DeSantis supporters shouting 'refried beans' at karla as she was walking into the theater for the debate," he tweeted with a video of the supposed chant.
"Sad state of politics to say the least," he added.
He was immediately assailed by those with better hearing, including Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for DeSantis, who pointed out they were chanting "keep Florida free," the motto of the campaign.
Ligorría also apologized and admitted the error.
"Guilty of being human folks — turns out my ears deceived me and in the heat of the moment tweeted out a video of DeSantis supporters chanting 'keep florida free' thinking they were saying something disparaging. Holding myself accountable for not being more careful! Apologies," he tweeted.
Ligorría later deleted the original tweet and locked down his account so that no one could read his tweets.
The governorship of Florida is a key office that could help swing the presidential election in 2024. A Spectrum News/Siena College poll released earlier in October found that DeSantis was beating Crist among likely Florida voters with 49% to 41%, respectively.
DeSantis is one of the more popular governors and is considered to be a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Here's more about the Florida gubernatorial campaign:
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