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Massive 100-year-old tree falls on Gov. DeSantis’ mansion while his family’s inside

For Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Hurricane Idalia really hit home.

A gigantic oak tree toppled onto the side of the Sunshine State leader’s Tallahassee mansion during Hurricane Idalia Wednesday while his wife and three kids were inside.

“100-year-old oak tree falls on the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee — Mason, Madison, Mamie and I were home at the time, but thankfully no one was injured,” first lady Casey DeSantis tweeted just before 12:45 p.m.

“Our prayers are with everyone impacted by the storm.”

An accompanying picture showed the moss-covered behemoth cleaved down the middle, with one portion resting on its side and the governor’s mansion in the immediate background.

The governor was asked about the close call at an afternoon press conference, telling reporters that his wife had called him to relay details of the incident.

“I guess it’s a really ancient oak tree split in half,” he said. “And part of it fell. I don’t know that it fell on the residence per se. It was a little bit off to the side. So that’s going to be cleared.”

DeSantis speculated about the oak’s splintered remnants, and found a silver lining should it be removed entirely.

“If they do cut down the whole tree, that’s just going to be more room for my kids to hit baseballs in,” he said. “And so in some respects for us, even though the tree was nice, we’ll probably make do and be quite all right.”

While Idalia had weakened prior to hitting Florida’s capital, portions of the city were lashed with driving rain and whipping winds.

DeSantis said the city of 200,000 likely dodged a bullet after some initial projections showed Idalia slamming directly into it.

“There’s been rain and wind,” he said. “There’s some debris. But nothing like if that wall had impacted Tallahassee. I think you would have seen significantly more damage.”

  • Bill says:

    Maybe it is karma for being a election fraud denier. DeSantis refuses to acknowledge election fraud even though the media, government and big tech have been caught a multitude of times partaking in just that. Not to mention the tens of thousands of witnesses to the contrary. How can we trust anyone who can say with a straight face that there was no election fraud or the election was not stolen. of course the answer is you can’t.

  • Sherry says:

    It’s the Governor’s mansion, goes with the job. De Santis for President.

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