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'We will pass on this offer': DeSantis deputy press secretary rejects request for the Florida governor to appear on 'The View'

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's office has rejected an invitation for the governor to appear on "The View," a television show with hosts who have openly bashed the Republican.

"@TheView emailed our office on Friday asking for us to arrange an appearance from Governor DeSantis on the show. 'We would be honored,' they wrote," according to Bryan Griffin, deputy press secretary for DeSantis.

Griffin posted a screenshot of a note in which he rejected the media request.

"Thanks for the invite. I understand that you are sending this request on behalf of your team," Griffin wrote. "But are the hosts of the View really interested in hearing from Governor DeSantis about all of the important work he is doing on behalf of Floridians to protect their health and livelihoods, to stand up for parents and children, and to defend freedom? Which of the below statements from the hosts of the View do you recommend our team consider when deciding if the interview will be a genuine pursuit of the truth? Or worth the time?"

Griffin went on to include several quotes from the show's hosts, including one in which Joy Behar described DeSantis as "a negligent, homicidal sociopath" who risked people's lives in order to "appeal to his white supremacist base ... and get reelected." Another one of the quotes highlighted Sunny Hostin calling the governor "Death-Santis" and describing him as "a fascist and a bigot."

"We will pass on this offer," Griffin wrote. "Also please note — we don't coordinate appearances or events of a political nature from the official office. Our role is to serve the people of Florida."

Replying to Griffin's post, DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw tweeted, "Perfect. There is nothing that infuriates liberals more than seeing their own insane words repeated back to them in black and white."

"This is spectacular!" Megyn Kelly tweeted.

"This may be one of the greatest emails ever composed," Erick Erickson declared.

"A missed opportunity, IMO," Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak remarked. "DeSantis would have had the opportunity to speak directly to a skeptical audience."

DeSantis, who has become an enormously popular figure on the political right, is seeking another term in office this year.

"Liberal media wants to interview Governor DeSantis because his popularity draws ratings," Pushaw tweeted. "But @GovRonDeSantis will not assist failing legacy media outlets in growing an audience for their smear pieces & biased reporting laden with contempt for Americans."

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