Crist’s Running Mate Karla Hernández Calls DeSantis a “Wannabe Dictator’, Get’s Definitions Wrong

Karla Hernández accused Florida’s Gov. DeSantis of being a dictator on Twitter for the second time on Monday, framing the attack as a vocabulary lesson on defining a dictator.

In the video, Hernández stands in front of a blackboard and refers to herself and Ms. Hernández while defining the term dictator, a reference to her former position as a teacher’s union boss.

“Dictator. A person who gives orders and behaves as if they have complete power. A person who behaves in an autocratic way.

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This is not the dictionary definition of a dictator. Dictionary.com defines the word as “a person exercising absolute power, especially a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession.” Merriam-Webster defines it as “one holding complete autocratic control: a person with unlimited governmental power.”

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The critical difference between these definitions is that Hernández defines the term as one who “behaves as if they have complete power,” while dictionaries agree that power has actually to exist.

The DeSantis War Room Twitter account quickly responded and illustrated the difference.

Multiple Twitter users ridiculed Hernández for the comparison as well.

Hernández referenced dictators throughout history in Latin American countries, including Cuba, despite her mourning of Fidel Castro in 2016.

She then used the word in a sentence, again emulating a classroom environment.
In Florida, we have a wannabe dictator in Ron DeSantis. He removes people from office who disagree with him, he limits voting power of minorities. Dictator. Synonyms are autocrat, tyant, and oppressor.
Here, Hernández is referencing DeSantis firing a state attorney who refused to enforce specific laws and the arrests of multiple former felons who voted illegally, at least some of whom were minorities. Hernández finished by encouraging people who don’t want a dictator in office to vote blue and plugging the hashtag “Schooling DeSantis.”
Both actions were within the governor’s legal power and had been done by previous governors.

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