Ron DeSantis, who's seeking the Republican nomination for governor, was radio silent on Twitter about the two-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando — the only candidate from either party not to acknowledge the anniversary Tuesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the most recent tweet from the Republican congressman's @RonDeSantisFL campaign account wished President Trump a "great birthday." (Trump turns 72 Thursday.)
Help wish President @realDonaldTrump a great birthday! I have been honored by his support and endorsement as I run for Governor. Join me in signing this card to let the President know we are celebrating along with him! Add your name: https://t.co/v4DAAkJO7d pic.twitter.com/ahmuYoKtxj— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) June 13, 2018
DeSantis' second-most recent post was about an endorsement he got from a conservative media personality. The most recent tweet from his congressional @RepDeSantis account was a retweet about Trump's North Korea summit.
A DeSantis spokesman did not immediately respond to multiple questions about other ways the congressman may have acknowledged the anniversary. A review of DeSantis' Facebook and Twitter pages turned up no recent mention of the shooting.
DeSantis did post about the anniversary in 2017.
The massacre at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016 represented the face of evil in the modern world. pic.twitter.com/9nD4Otfu9J— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) June 12, 2017
DeSantis' Republican opponent Adam Putnam and all four Democratic candidates with active Twitter accounts acknowledged the second anniversary shooting Tuesday. (A fifth Democrat, real estate tycoon Jeff Greene, does not have an active Twitter.)
Agriculture Commissioner Putnam tweeted Tuesday, "We will never forget" minutes before a statewide day of silence to honor the victims.
Some on the left criticized Putnam's statement, saying it didn't go far enough to honor the LGBTQ victims of the shooting.
Another prominent Republican who'll be featured on ballots in 2018, Gov. Rick Scott, drew praise for wearing a rainbow ribbon to honor the victims.
It's with a VERY HAPPY heart that I post this photo. THANK YOU FOR FINALLY WEARING THE ORLANDO RIBBON AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE 49.Thank You @FLGovScott Thank you @CarlosGSmith for texting me this photo. pic.twitter.com/bjEkUAVe3v— Orlando Ribbon Project️ (@orlandoribbons) June 12, 2018
But he also drew his share of heat from some LGBTQ advocates, who criticized his record on LGBTQ issues. And Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, Scott's opponent in the 2018 race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat, tweeted that the governor did not do enough to protect Florida from gun violence in the wake of the Pulse shooting.
In the 612 days that passed between #Pulse and Parkland, Rick Scott did nothing to help prevent gun violence in our state, while the State of Florida failed to process background checks for weapons permits. pic.twitter.com/1GOTDtLuOG— Bill Nelson (@NelsonForSenate) June 12, 2018