FL Gov. Admits Rick Scott Intentionally Sabotaged State’s Unemployment System

Rick Scott, former Florida governor and current U.S. senator.Screengrab / ABC News / YouTube

Julie Zheng

Gov. DeSantis admitted Rick Scott, his predecessor, had intentionally sabotaged the state’s unemployment system.

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) admitted for the first time in a recent interview that Florida Republicans, led by former Gov. Rick Scott, had intentionally sabotaged the state’s unemployment system so fewer people would sign up.

  • According to an April report published by Politico, Florida Republicans raged as Scott had sabotaged the state’s unemployment system, “making it nearly impossible for many people to even get in line for benefits.”
  • This week, during an interview with CBS4 Miami’s Jim DeFede on Tuesday, DeSantis said that “...Having studied how it was internally constructed, I think the goal was for whoever designed, it was, ‘Let’s put as many kind of pointless roadblocks along the way, so people just say, oh, the hell with it, I’m not going to do that.’”
  • “Do you think that was Rick Scott’s intention, was to discourage people from applying for benefits?” asked DeFede. “I’m not sure if it was his,” said DeSantis. “But I think definitely in terms of how it was internally constructed. It was definitely done in a way to lead to the least number of claims being paid out.”

As hundreds of thousands of Americans lost jobs and were waiting to receive their unemployment benefits, the mangled unemployment system has caused more chaos.

Read more of the interview here.


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