In wake of President’s ‘shooting starts’ tweet, Rick Scott sides with Donald Trump
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President tweeted that when the looting starts, the shooting starts.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott appeared on the Hugh Hewitt show Friday morning, where he defended the President against censorship on Twitter.

In the wee hours Friday morning, the President weighed in on the riots in Minneapolis, and Twitter promptly tagged the post with a disclaimer.

These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” the President tweeted.

For its part, Twitter said that while the words “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence …Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

Scott suggested that there may be a hearing of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee regarding whether Twitter was violating Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

And while his “heart goes out to the family” of George Floyd, beaten to the ground and killed by a rogue cop, Scott was irked by censorship only targeting the President.

“The President’s doing the right stuff,” Scott said. “The FBI, DOJ’s doing an investigation. I believe that the President will do everything he can to make sure that if someone did something wrong, they’re going to get held accountable.”

Scott pivoted quickly back from the injustice of a 46 year old man choked out by law enforcement to the iniquities perpetrated by Twitter.

“Why do they think it’s OK to censor the President but nobody else?”

“They’re deciding that the President, because they disagree with him, because they’ve become some left wing group that they can censor what he’s doing but no one else,” Scott said.

“What they’re doing now is wrong,” Scott added. “You cannot pick and choose who you censor. They don’t censor anybody on the left. Nobody!”

“They want to pick on the President. The left is just so mad that Trump won,” Scott continued. “And they’re furious he’s going to win again.”

“They censor nobody on the left,” Scott added, saying they “let murderers like [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro do what they want.”

Scott also had some words for the looters: “Why can’t you protest peacefully? Why do they have to go burn stores?”

The Senator’s comments come less than 24 hours after the President issued an Executive Order attempting to rein in social media.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


5 comments

  • Frankie M.

    May 29, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Ummm because he says the craziest shite & he’s the potus so people actually read that crap instead of taking it for what it is…graffiti on a bathroom stall.

  • Tjb

    May 29, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Just to clarify, Twitter does censor folks on the left. Also, Mr. Scott, I am not mad that Trump won the electoral vote, I am mad because his only bigly accomplishment is the dividing of our country more than any other President.

  • Ward Posey

    May 29, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Ricky “felon” Scott is a non-combatant who joined the Navy to avoid combat. He is a soldier wannabe and a stinkin’ sewer rat who defrauded medicare. A complete cowardly cur.

  • TED KRUZE

    May 29, 2020 at 11:44 am

    No news here! God sculpted Shouldabenafelon Scott and Dimwit Donnie from the same pile of sheet! Same stink – same problem getting rid of it from the bottom of your shoe.

  • John

    June 2, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Using the Holy Bible in front of a church to threaten the American people is just wrong. The Holy Bible and church our symbols of peace. Jesus encompasses love, and peace. Plus, using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a peaceful crowd to make room for his hateful message is only going to cause more issues, not to mention calling our governors weak because they are not doing what he wants is just crazy. Wake up people.

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