A shameful piece has appeared in a leftist media outlet which quotes a convicted murder who was just executed under Florida law in an attempt to smear DeSantis.
The ridiculous piece was written in the Huffington Post and is titled “Florida Executes Man Used As ‘Political Pawn’ By Ron DeSantis”.
“I know I hurt people when I was young. I really messed up,” said Donald Dillbeck, who was sentenced to death by a non-unanimous jury. “But I know Ron DeSantis has done a lot worse.” https://t.co/V5iKV7TDuS
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) February 23, 2023
The actually quote the convicted murderer as saying: “I know I hurt people when I was young. I really messed up,” Dillbeck reportedly said just before his death. “But I know Ron DeSantis has done a lot worse. He’s taken a lot from a lot of people. I speak for all men, women and children. He’s put his foot on our necks. Ron DeSantis and other people like him can s—k our d—s.”
DeSantis signed Dillbeck’s death warrant last month as he sought to change state law “to allow non-unanimous juries to impose death sentences.”
Huffpo does their best to make it sound like DeSantis used this man as a ‘political pawn’ and even quoted some Florida defender making the claim.
But the truth is that Dillbeck not only killed Faye Lamb Vann, a 32-year-old woman in 1990 which Huffpo mentions, but he was on the run from being in prison for killing a police officer in 1979, which they don’t mention:
Dillbeck’s criminal history includes him fatally shooting a Lee County deputy when he was just 15 years old, receiving a life sentence for that murder, escaping custody and killing again.
The then-teenaged Dillbeck killed Lee County Deputy Dwight Lynn Hall, 31, in 1979, during a scuffle where Hall tackled Dillbeck, who grabbed the deputy’s gun and shot and killed him, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
The incident took place as Dillbeck was on the run for a carjacking offense.
In 1990, while Dillbeck was serving a life sentence in Gadsden County for that murder, he escaped from authorities and fled to Tallahassee. Once in the city, he attempted to carjack a vehicle at a mall containing Vann, whom he then stabbed to death.
Instead of mentioning this, Huffpo chose to go a different route in order to play up this ridiculous notion that DeSantis used Dillbeck as a political pawn:
Like most people sentenced to death, Dillbeck endured extreme abuse as a child. His birth mother drank 18-24 beers per day throughout her pregnancy, resulting in “a catastrophic effect on Mr. Dillbeck’s intellectual and adaptive functioning,” his lawyers wrote in a petition requesting that the Supreme Court review his case. “That Mr. Dillbeck suffers from Neurobehavioral Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) is thoroughly medically documented, unrebutted, and factually beyond dispute,” the lawyers continued.
The man was a two-time convicted murderer and all the years between 1979 and 1990 didn’t change this fact.
As Christina Pushaw said…
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but being raised by a single parent or having substance abuse problems in your family isn’t an excuse or justification to become a cold blooded murderer. Millions of Americans go through the same struggles and grow up to be good citizens, good… https://t.co/ps0OTMBoCx
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) February 24, 2023
Ben Shapiro also responded to the article…
The fact that the media think quoting a full-on murderer to condemn DeSantis is a win shows how in their heads he is https://t.co/Ar5M7PHLKY
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 24, 2023
As Rush Limbaugh used to say, DeSantis is living rent-free in their heads. They worry that he’s going to run for president and are doing everything they can to smear and disparage him to try and keep him from eventually beating Joe Biden.