Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hosted a roundtable discussion on Wednesday with a group of lawyers, including Libby Locke, who represents Dominion Voting Machines in its legal battles against several conservative figures, including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
During the roundtable, which was focused on media defamation, Governor DeSantis praised Libby Locke as an “extraordinaire at First Amendment and defamation law.”
The governor’s comments came as Dominion continues litigation against Lindell and others regarding the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.
Lindell reacted to DeSantis hosting the Dominion lawyer on Twitter, saying, the governor was “showing his true colors!”
During the roundtable, Locke criticized media outlets, saying it should be made easier to win defamation lawsuits.
“It’s virtually impossible to bring and win one of these cases,” Locke said. “And the media gets away, and they have complete immunity from liability. And that is what I think is going to change in the press.”
“They think with dollar signs,” she went on to say, “And when there are economic consequences to lying about targets for reporting and to get ratings and to sell ads, that is—when there is real consequences through private action, that’s when they’re going to be accountable to their insurers and when they’re going to be accountable to their shareholders.”
Watch the full roundtable below:
Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit accusing Lindell, as well as Donald Trump allies Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, of spreading theories that Dominion’s voting machines in 2020 were tampered with and used to rig the election against Trump.
Tom Clare and Libby Locke, a married couple who run their own boutique firm, represent Dominion.