Gov. Ron DeSantis took his time offering comment on displays of antisemitism in Jacksonville Saturday, and the Florida Democratic Party wasn’t letting him get away with it.
DeSantis’ press secretary, Bryan Griffin, offered a statement Monday that “Governor DeSantis rejects attempts to scapegoat the Jewish community – it has no place in Florida. Through legislative proposals, laws, and decisive executive action, Governor DeSantis has a proven record of supporting the Jewish community and fighting anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Florida.”
That statement came after a fiery FDP email Monday contending DeSantis has moved to “court the white supremacist vote,” in which a FDP spokesperson derided DeSantis as mute in the face of threats posed by “neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups.”
“This year alone, Ron DeSantis has had a disturbingly high number of opportunities to condemn anti-Semitism, including neo-Nazi supporters waving a flag that bears his name, but he’s chickened out every time. For someone who seemingly launches a new culture war every day, it is extremely telling that he won’t confront this type of hatred,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Travis Reuther.
“It’s clear that this is DeSantis’ electoral strategy to court the most extreme and hateful segments of his base and that he will always be too much of a coward to protect his constituents from neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups when the time comes.”
DeSantis was at Saturday’s Georgia-Florida game before heading to New York state to campaign with Lee Zeldin, but didn’t comment until two days later by proxy.
The Democrats note “he actually attended the game to perform the coin toss. He even posted a campaign-style highlight video of his appearance to social media, while making no mention of the anti-Semitic displays that occurred just outside.”
The antisemitic messages first surfaced on a overpass on I-10 in western Duval County. A banner urged drivers to “end Jewish supremacy” and “honk if you know it was the Jews.”
Another one surfaced on Arlington Expressway, extolling Kanye West for being “right about the Jews.”
After the football game downtown, similar messages were broadcast on the stadium and other downtown buildings.
October 31, 2022 at 4:25 pm
I mean it must be desperation time for the Democrats. Is DeSantis suppose to respond to every graffiti message painted in the state? I wouldn’t doubt if it was Nikki Fried, and the fake scientist doing this.
October 31, 2022 at 4:35 pm
– These were not merely some lame “graffiti messages”. And yes, the governor IS “supposed to respond” to blatantly religious and/or racist messages of hatred that occur within his state and ESPECIALLY those that are presented at events that he personally attends. Yep, this surely is FloriDUH…
October 31, 2022 at 4:38 pm
I live in a very Jewish County in Florida. Everyone going on with their business as usual. You are making something out of nothing, but go ahead with your hysteria that’s what Dems do.
October 31, 2022 at 4:56 pm
Then go ask some of your neighbors how they feel about it, since you don’t seem to get it.
October 31, 2022 at 6:24 pm
They will all be out tonight. Lots coming to my house. They aren’t sissies like you.
October 31, 2022 at 5:29 pm
The party of trump sells hate and lies.
They get all hysterical about drag queens, LGBTQIA+, CRT, and Wokeness. But when it comes to hate, hate is not an issue.
What does Christianity say about hate? Hate your bothers????? Is that the gospel on Sunday? Hate is their new God?
October 31, 2022 at 8:14 pm
Very similar to the hoax of grooming children eh my friends.
October 31, 2022 at 9:03 pm
DeSantis wants to groom you not to have a moral compass.
November 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm
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October 31, 2022 at 4:44 pm
I like the Joe Corsin version of “Impeach Biden” better than this one.
It’s the liberal in me that gets worked up when folks go after minorities, and it’s the conservative in you that just doesn’t care.
October 31, 2022 at 4:28 pm
DeSantis has had plenty of time now to comment on these latest and most severe antisemitic episodes of Florida, yet continues to remain silent. At this point I’m beginning to think his silence is deliberate. NOT a good sign.
October 31, 2022 at 4:39 pm
By the way DeSantis will be easily re-elected. I bet some Jewish folks will vote for him as well.
October 31, 2022 at 5:04 pm
Also some deplorables such as yourself will vote for him as well. Same ones who voted for a New York billionaire and snake oil salesmen.
October 31, 2022 at 5:14 pm
And some Jews helped Hitler. Ron DeSantis’s November 2021 Campaign ad stated that he had a pair. Since that time he had many opportunities to denounce the repugnant actions of groups that reside in Florida such as the Proud Boys, White supremacists, NAZI and now, Anti-Semitic groups. Ron DeSantis must denounce these abhorrent actions and hate groups.
Come on Ron, be a MAN, and get a moral compass and show Floridians that you have a pair,
October 31, 2022 at 4:50 pm
It is a given that any type of anti religious or anti color or hate speech or hate behavior or hate rhetoric is reprehensible & any recognition is exactly what these uncivilized sick throwbacks are looking for! Good for the governor, don’t give these creatures the satisfaction!
October 31, 2022 at 5:04 pm
Anti-semites and other racist make up a significant portion of the Republican and Ron DeSantis’s voting pool. Why would he criticize their behavior?
October 31, 2022 at 5:10 pm
That is an idiotic statement!
I’m Jewish and most of my friends thank goodness have converted to Republican! You should post your real name & faces here I’d like to see what a moron looks like!
October 31, 2022 at 10:05 pm
I’ll get you a mirror..
October 31, 2022 at 6:26 pm
Let’s see your data, and please not from Facebook.
October 31, 2022 at 5:05 pm
He won’t call out the far right because these are the kinds of people who vote GOP. Even if he found out that 10 neo nazis were voting for him he wouldn’t call them out. Politics is religion for GOP empty suit politicians.
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November 1, 2022 at 12:50 am
How do we know this isn’t a hoax by the left? They tried to do it in Virginia’s governor race.
November 1, 2022 at 9:23 pm
How do we know? Because Desantis is not condemning it! DePsycho knows exactly who is doing it.
November 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm
It is so sad to read and feel the following from reading OUR comments. I will pray for the powers above, to reset our attitudes towards each other. Will it happen? WE do not know anymore about what peace is, and common sense is. Do WE! We all know negativity? Where did kindness to your human friend go?
November 2, 2022 at 10:21 am
Ron DeSantis is racist pig. So are all of his followers.
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