Rick Scott backs Donald Trump’s ‘law-and-order’ play with protesters
Sen. Rick Scott.

Senator aligns with President on protest suppression.

After yet the seventh night of protests in the nation’s Capital and far beyond, a United States Senator from Florida was on cable Tuesday morning.

Sen. Rick Scott, a first-term Republican from Naples, offered his analysis of  civil unrest, after an intro to his segment showing Donald Trump declaring himself the “President of Law and Order” ahead of paramilitary police squelching protests in D.C.

Scott noted that, while it’s a “tough time” and his “heart goes out to George Floyd‘s family,” the police killing of the 46-year-old Minneapolis resident does not justify property destruction.

“People have the right to protest. But you cannot do it against the police. You can’t do it against your community. You can’t be looting; that’s criminal,” Scott said.

Scott, echoing President Donald Trump in comments to Governors yesterday, urged local action to suppress violent protests.

“Every mayor, every Governor has to step up,” the Senator said. “I’ve been talking to law enforcement all across the state of Florida.”

While “they are keeping their communities safe,” the Naples Republican is “disappointed that people are doing this violently.”

“Everybody can be very frustrated with what happened in Minneapolis,” Scott added. “I think everybody is. But you can’t be taking violence, you just can’t do this.”

“I’m glad the President is taking this seriously. I hope that every Mayor and every Governor does. I mean, you hear about the looting in New York,” Scott said. “That can’t happen, we’ve got to stop this.”

While Scott was not given a platform to elaborate on ways to stem the insurrectionist tide, the President offered his thoughts Monday to Governors on a widely-reported call.

“And you know when they have bricks you know they come armed with bricks and they have bricks and rocks big rocks and they have other things and they throw them, you know you’re allowed to fight back. You don’t have to have a brick hit you in the face and you don’t do anything about it, you are allowed to fight back,” the President advised the states’ chief executives.

The President, earlier in this crisis, remarked that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” And as looting continues, expect more robust action to counter it.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Simon

    June 2, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Protest suppression or Anti-facist and anti-racist suppression?

    • Sonja Fitch

      June 2, 2020 at 11:11 am

      As if the man that took health care from the old and sick and approved a Fing unemployment mess here in Florida is still a nazi sociopath trying to make his name on hate and abuse to run as prez someday. Stfu!

  • Glenn Reihing

    June 2, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Of course, he does!! That shouldn’t be a surprise.

    Here is a guy that really wants to be in the “Big Room” with the “Big Boys” making the “Big Decisions”. And we have seen that he is willing to spend the money that he has grifted through questionable investments in order to achieve those ends.

    What we can hope for is that Floridians make him a one-term Senator and then send him to obscurity.

  • Amy Roberts

    June 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Well there you have it. Senator Scott values property over lives. Vote him and his Ilk out of office and look at real prosecution of those stealing from the taxpayers.

  • Fred Monroe

    June 7, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Well said Senator but you dont go far enough.

    When the constitution was written the wise men who wrote it did not consider the negroes to be the equal of the white citizens of America. Those who pontificate today ignore that. It is noticeable that most of the “black” critics of Trump are of mixed race, and broadly the less black the more articulate and aggrieved. The notion of “racism” has become an ill-defined catch-all to condemn and patronize. Until what is obvious and accepted in Asia and Africa — that people’s genes largely determine their characteristics and abilities — there can be no lasting solution. Abraham Lincoln himself believed that blacks and whites could not coexist peacefully as equals, and thought that returning them to Africa was a possible solution. America’s original sin was not slavery but the failure to separate the races after the Civil War. Jim Crow was a patch which worked uneasily for decades, but since the liberals came into ascendance after WWII it has been downhill.

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