David Jolly to Democrats on Republicans: ‘Beat every single one of them’

David Jolly
Jolly said Republicans will never do anything on gun control.

David Jolly has a message for Democrats. 

“Beat every single one of them.”

Jolly, a former Republican who served in Florida Congressional District 13 before losing to Charlie Crist in 2016, was speaking on MSNBC reacting to the political fallout from the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.

“Republicans will never do anything on gun control. Nothing. Ever. They won’t,” he said of his former party.

Jolly left the GOP last year and is now a registered independent who frequently appears on MSNBC as a political pundit. 

Jolly reacted to a clip of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke losing his cool over a reporter’s question about whether President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric caused the El Paso shooting in O’Rourke’s hometown. In the clip, an emotional O’Rourke retorts, “what do you think? You know the sh*t he’s been saying” and then asks reporters rhetorically, “what the f**k?”

Jolly said the tragedies over the weekend present an opportunity for Democratic candidates to have an “authentic moment” and show the nation how they might lead.

But Jolly said Democrats running in the crowded field for president should consider jumping ship.

“Commit to beating Republicans,” he said. “If you’re a Democratic presidential candidate right now who has the opportunity to win a pivotal Senate race, drop out of the presidential race and win back the Senate for a party that will actually do something for this.”

“It is their silence that has normalized this escalation of this narrative across the county that Trump continues to reinforce,” Jolly continued. 

Jolly also offered a message to his former companions in the Republican Party.

“If you actually think that the second amendment was envisioned to protect gun rights in this moment of national tragedy, to allow carnage with weapons of war; if you actually think that was what the second amendment protected, you’re fundamentally, constitutionally ignorant,” Jolly said.

“And if you know that’s not what it protects but you continue to do nothing, you’re worse than constitutionally ignorant, you’re a scoundrel. All I can ever think of in this moment when I see Republicans do absolutely nothing is, your time is coming.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


  • gary

    August 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    What happen to Jolly? Get his in the head? So sad to see someone I supported at one time become a traitor, show just how pathetic politician can be, I mean how honest was he as a Republican

  • Jim Donelon

    August 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    It’s long past time for the Republicans to wake up to the reality of life. Their brand of politics- bigotry, anti-gay, anti- woman, anti- brown and black, anti -intelligence, lets FACE IT anti anything that is progress for America will condem to the ash heap of history. They are on their way to be the WIGS of the 21st. Century

    • gary

      August 7, 2019 at 7:42 pm


      Those are not the brand of Republicans. Those are the NAMES Democrats call Republicans because they do not like debate or facts!

      Republicans want all Americans to be successful, happy and enjoy their life in this wonderful country!

      Democrats are the party of hate! They are the party of the KKK! Republicans have never been linked to the KKK.

      Get an education Jim!

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