Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was one of the candidates on stage at the third GOP Presidential debate.
But the aftermath of the contest was just as eventful as anything that happened on the stage.
And Ron DeSantis attacked Fox News for this reason that no one ever expected.
The Republican National Committee made the head-scratching decision to partner with NBC to televise the GOP debate in Miami.
NBC put left-wing activists Kirsten Welker and Lester Holt on the stage to question the five candidates who showed up.
DeSantis built his star power in the GOP on combating the left-wing narratives foisted upon the public by the press.
The image of an unapologetic warrior against liberal activists in the media is what drew conservatives to DeSantis in the first place.
And conservatives had much to complain about with how the NBC moderators handled the debate.
Welker, Holt, and center-right Salem radio host Hugh Hewitt didn’t ask any questions about immigration, inflation, or the economy until 70 minutes into the two-hour debate.
Instead, they focused the first hour – when the audience is at its peak – on China, Ukraine, and Israel.
NBC centering the early stages of the debate on foreign policy helped Joe Biden as it prevented the candidates from discussing Biden’s failures on the issues that are driving down his poll numbers.
It amounted to a massive in-kind contribution from NBC to the Biden re-election campaign.
But after the debate, DeSantis unexpectedly applauded the NBC moderators and slammed the moderators Fox News used during the previous debate.
“I think we did really well and I think NBC did a good job. I mean, I have watched debates over the years, I participated in a couple already, and I think the people at home probably got a good viewing experience because the questions were substantive, people were able to talk, there wasn’t a lot of screaming back and forth, and so I think the value of this debate was probably more than the one we did in Simi Valley,” DeSantis added.
The issue with GOP debates continues to be the moderators asking questions about issues that members of the press care about instead of trying to help GOP Primary voters best inform themselves on the candidates’ positions on the issues that they care about.