Charlie Christ’s running mate compared Florida to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ under Gov. Ron DeSantis


Carla Hernandez Matz, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Florida, and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

Carla Hernandez Matz, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Florida, and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.Gaston De Cardenas/AP Photo and Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

  • Democrat Carla Hernandez Matz called Florida’s Republican governor and lieutenant governor “Commander DeSantis” and “Aunt Janet.”

  • Hernandez Matz, who is running for lieutenant governor, refers to the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

  • She told an insider that Florida’s laws on abortion, education and voting led to the characterization.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Carla Hernandez Matz, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Florida, said Friday that living in the state is starting to feel like a “handmade tale,” according to President Trump.

Hernandez Matz — 2nd on the Governor’s ticket during his speech at the fundraiser known as the Miami-Dade Democratic Blue Gala Charlie Christ — swiped Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Lt. Janet Nunez compared to characters in Margaret Atwood’s novels.

“We cannot allow Commander DeSantis and Aunt Janet to continue down the path of turning Florida into a little Gilead,” she says of the book’s fictional Republic of Gilead, a military and religious dictatorship that overthrows the U.S. government. mentioned and said

In the novel, women known as “handmaids” are raped and forced to bear children for the male ruling class known as “commanders”. Handmaidens are prohibited from reading, writing, or owning property, and newspapers are censored. The aunt trains and indoctrinates the handmaids.

“Obviously a lot of people read The Handmaid’s Tale, but I think we’re going backwards that way,” Hernández Matz said in an interview with Insider after the event. . plated dinner It featured other Democratic speakers and was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Hernández-Mats made a comparison with legislation passed under DeSantis. 15 weeks abortion ban Rape and incest, without exception, push Redraw state legislative maps and state decisions reject certain math textbooks It did not comply with new educational laws that limit discussion of race in the classroom.

“Unfortunately all of these things sound fictitious and fantastical and never happen because that’s what I thought when I read the book. And we’re in 2022. “We see a governor acting like a dictator, a dictator, taking and taking away our liberties. That’s exactly what happened in Gilead,” she told Insider. .”

Hernández-Mats had not used the comparison in his speeches before Friday, but said the comparison was not uncommon in Washington, D.C., where Trump was president.

Protesters dressed as handmaidens gathered outside the US Capitol as the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed the judge Brett Kavanaugh When Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, When When Republicans were trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Hernández-Mats told Insider that he has read the book but has not seen “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

Rep. Charlie Christo celebrates by announcing Vice Presidential Candidate Carla Hernandez Mats, who will challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, at Hialeah Middle School in Hialeah, Florida, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

Rep. Charlie Christo celebrates by announcing Vice Presidential Candidate Carla Hernandez Mats, who will challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, at Hialeah Middle School in Hialeah, Florida, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.Gaston de Cardenas/AP Photo

Gubernatorial race focused on defining freedom

Hernandez Matz, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Honduras, is a former special education teacher who later became president of the teachers’ union, the United Teachers of Dade.

“My focus as a teacher is to teach children who are emotionally and behaviorally challenged,” Hernandez Matz said in a Friday night speech. I am sure you will agree that I am the only one qualified to do so.”

Christo announced On August 27, he resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives, picking Hernandez Mats for the ticket. Several days later. He served as governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, when he was a Republican.

DeSantis rarely mentions Christo in his speeches. Instead, he regularly touts his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic as “keeping Florida free,” with Sunshine calling his state “the freest state.” DeSantis amassed a loyal following after defying federal health officials and allowing states and businesses to remain open for business much faster than others.

National recognition — and Speculation that He plans to run for president in 2024.

At public events in recent weeks, DeSantis warned voters “not to take it for granted” that if he hadn’t been governor, Florida would have performed similarly during the pandemic. He won his first term by less than half a percentage point over Democrat Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee.

DeSantis criticized Hernández Matz for supporting pandemic-induced school lockdowns when he headed the teachers’ union. Hernández-Mats told Insider on Friday that he supported reopening but wanted to do so safely.

Yet DeSantis sees his education policy as one of the strongest reasons for re-election. He had been facing backlash over the reopening of schools for months, but many blue states eventually followed suit amid parent backlash, with authorities ruling that virtual learning could adversely affect social and educational outcomes. It was concluded that it gives

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