ABC7 fact checks political ads by DeSantis, Crist campaigns

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – ABC7 continues its commitment to truth-testing many of the political ads you see on TV.

Under federal law, ads from political candidates don’t have to be truthful.

Both Charlie Crist and Ron DeSantis are spending millions on getting your attention in political ads.

A Charlie Crist ad shows the former governor at a gas station pumping gas and telling viewers that if they’re fed up every time they fill up their gas or ticked off when they pick up groceries that maybe it’s time they had a new governor who focused on them.

It’s a misleading claim. While Crist doesn’t say inflation is the fault of DeSantis it is however implied.

The ad continues by claiming DeSantis is bullying school children as the ad depicts an angry governor scolding high school students on March 2nd for wearing masks at one of his news conferences.

DeSantis told the kids to take the masks off, and while the students nervously laughed, it was clear DeSantis was serious.

“Honestly, it’s not doing anything. We’ve got to stop with this Covid theater. So if you want to wear it, fine. But this is ridiculous,” DeSantis said, shaking his head.

The ad also accused the governor of passing an abortion ban with no exception for rape or incest.

The governor signed House Bill 5 limiting abortion from 24 weeks to 15 with no exception for rape or incest.

Finally, the ad concludes with Charlie Crist promising if elected, he would force insurance companies to lower property rates and cut the gas tax, and he says DeSantis won’t do it.

He doesn’t say for how long he would eliminate the tax.

DeSantis signed a bill eliminating the gas tax for the month of October just before the November elections.

Overall we rate the ad by Charlie Crist as “mostly true” because it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Secondly, an AD by Governor Ron DeSantis entitled “Results” depicts supporters praising his work.

An ad he calls results as people say he saved jobs and a police officer who states he had their backs.

However, when a young boy says you let me go to school that can be misleading because the ad doesn’t mention the state Department of Education order on March 23rd 2020 which ordered schools closed.

Nor does it mention that on April 18th, 2020, the governor declared schools closed for the rest of that school year.

“It was an easier decision for me to make knowing we did so well with distance learning,” DeSantis said during a news conference.

The ad continues with a SWFL minister who claimed DeSantis protected his right to worship in person.

That’s also true as the governor’s executive order did not bar churches from gathering.

After reviewing all of the claims, ABC7 rated the DeSantis ad as “Mostly True,” although it did not tell the whole story.

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