DeSantis Faces Controversy as Aspiring Journalist Gets Kicked Out of GOP Event for Tough Questions – Was It Justified?

Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis made headlines when an aspiring teenage journalist, Quinn Mitchell, was ejected from a GOP event for his probing questions. This incident raises questions about free speech and press access.

Teenager Keeping DeSantis On His Toes

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Quinn Mitchell has made a name for himself as an aspiring journalist who has hard-hitting questions for Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis.

On Friday, Mitchell was thrown out of the First in the Nation Leadership Summit.

New Hampshire Event Not His First

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The Summit, held in New Hampshire, featured several Republican presidential candidates. This was not the first time Mitchell had attended a political event.

Making a Name for Himself

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A self-described political commentator, Quinn Mitchell has attended previous DeSantis events and become known for his probing questions. 

Mitchell Brings Tough Questions

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In June, Mitchell asked DeSantis if he believed “that Trump violated the peaceful transfer of power,” calling it “a key principle of American democracy.” DeSantis evaded the question. 

DeSantis Evades and Redirects

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“Are you in high school?” DeSantis asked the teen. He thanked Mitchell for the question and then followed up with a statement about winning the election by focusing on “Biden’s failures” and not on “things that happened two, three years ago.”

Accused of Being a “Tracker”

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At Friday’s event, Mitchell was stopped by a woman who told him she recognized him as a “tracker,” a term for a person whose job it is to follow and record political candidates for the opposition. 

Intimidating Tactics

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According to Mitchell, the woman led him to a separate room, and she and another man accused Michell of “misrepresenting” himself.

At that point, he was removed from the venue by police.

A Case of Mistaken Identity

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Event staff say that Mitchell’s removal was a mistake. In a text message obtained by the New York Times, a New Hampshire Republican Party representative said that “an overzealous volunteer mistakenly made the decision to have Quinn removed from the event.”

An Alleged “Disturbance”

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The volunteer told Mitchell that he had “been a disturbance and [had] been known to be one.”

She then had armed officers escort him from the event. The representative says that the mistake was corrected and Mitchell was eventually allowed to re-enter the Summit.

No One Is Off-Limits

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Mitchell does not limit his powerful questions to Republican presidential candidates, and he has attended nearly a hundred campaign events in his young life.

In 2019, at only eleven years old, he asked then-candidate Joe Biden about whether he thought Trump should be impeached. 

Democrats Get Questioned Too

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He also lobbed questions at Senator Amy Klobuchar, another 2020 hopeful, about Robert Mueller’s testimony regarding the election in 2016.

“America’s Most Famous Political Teenager”

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Thanks to his tenacity and near-constant appearances at local campaign events, Chris Christie has called Mitchell “America’s most famous political teenager.”

Mitchell stays busy attending these political events, but he’s also a full-time high school student.

Still a Kid: Homework Is His Priority

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When the Washington Post reached out to him this weekend for an interview, Mitchell declined. He told them he was too stressed. The reason? Homework.

From the Horse’s Mouth

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Mitchell has a podcast called “Into the Tussle,” on which he discussed the events of the Summit and what happened when he was removed.

He confirmed that he was invited to re-enter the Summit once security realized the mistake.

History Fascination Kicked Off Political Interest

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Mitchell says his interest in politics began at age ten and he attributes it to his love of history.

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