Rick Scott slams ‘fearmongering’ NAACP travel advisory
Rick Scott.

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'Let's start judging people by their character, how hard they want to work, not their skin color.'

As the NAACP targets Florida’s current Governor with a travel advisory, his predecessor is mounting a defense, and offering a travel advisory of his own.

During a radio interview on WDUN-AM of Georgia, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott ripped the NAACP for issuing a warning against travel to the Sunshine State in the wake of Ron DeSantis’ policies, suggesting the prominent civil rights group was just headline-hungry.

“Wouldn’t you think the NAACP wants to bring people together? I guess, maybe they weren’t getting enough news because this is just fearmongering. It makes no sense,” Scott said.

The Senator said Florida doesn’t “tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind.”

“And so this is wrong and so I can’t imagine (someone’s) not going to come to Florida because the NAACP tells him not to,” Scott said.

He then urged the NAACP to think beyond “skin color.”

“I just wish we had more organizations that said, ‘Hey, let’s all get together.’ Let’s figure out how we bring people together. Let’s start judging people by their character, how hard they want to work, not their skin color,” Scott said.

The Senator’s comments weren’t responsive to the wording of the travel advisory itself.

On Saturday, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a travel advisory urging people to avoid the Sunshine State.

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,” the advisory reads.

“We should not use race or othering as a tool to weaponize against people and unfortunately for a large percentage of Floridians, that’s what he has done. Therefore, we are advising African Americans and others that if you travel to Florida, beware that your life is not valued,” said President Derrick Johnson on Monday.

While on the radio, Scott’s Office offered its own “travel advisory to socialists.”

“Florida is openly hostile toward Socialists, Communists, and those that enable them. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by Socialists and others who work in the Biden Administration,” Scott contended.

“Let me be clear — any attempts to spread the oppression and poverty that Socialism always brings will be rebuffed by the people of Florida. Travelers should be aware that attempts to spread Socialism in north Florida will fail and be met with laughter and mockery.”

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


  • Ocean Joe

    May 23, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Travel advisory to visitors: Florida is packed with socialists. We are home to more social security recipients than any other state. We have thousands of miles of roadway built with federal money. And it’s almost hurricane season, so we’ll all put our hands out for help to rebuild our homes and beaches after the next bad storm.

    As for communists, I’ve lived here since Ricky was a child in Indiana, and haven’t met one yet.

  • DeSantis created a dystopia

    May 23, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Rick Scott should’ve stood up to against DeSantis. He’s supposed to be a Florida Senator and get him, and Rubio said nothing while Florida turned into a dystopia

    • Rick is too busy

      May 23, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Rick is too busy crap-talking how Socialism is for losers out one side of his mouth while fearmongering how China, a socialist country, is going to take over Florida and the whole world if we don’t act right now to stop this powerful and dangerous foe the likes of which have never been seen before in all of history never before never before in all of history.

  • Martucci

    May 23, 2023 at 11:38 am

    No travel advisory for Chicago, Baltimore, Phiadelphia, St. Louis?
    Of course not, that doesn’t fit the narrative.
    Florida just be “raciss”

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 23, 2023 at 11:41 am

      Well, nobody goes to Chicago Baltimore Philadelphia or St Louis voluntarily, so no, no travel advisory. People may not realize Florida changed in its bigotry from covert to extremely overt under Governor Rhonda Santis, therefore, travel advisory.

    • PeterH

      May 23, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      The New York Times reported this morning that the Illinois Catholic Church abused 1,900 minors ……NOT ONE OF THE ABUSERS WAS A DRAG QUEEN!

    • Michael K

      May 23, 2023 at 6:09 pm

      None of these communities enacted laws to outlaw Black studies, eliminate diversity equity and inclusion, white-wash history, and gerrymander to eliminate Black representatives from the US Congress – nor have they used voter intimidation tactics and laws to suppress voting.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 23, 2023 at 11:38 am

    The actual fearmongering is FLA Gov Rhonda yammering incessantly about how the trans and the gays and the drag queens are going to get your children and the blacks are going to get your wife unless you participate in Guns Everywhere and you Stand Your Ground when one knocks on the door or pulls into the driveway on accident or, as Rhonda constantly says, “you know,” walks to the gas station and walks back home with some Skittles.

  • If Socialism is SO bad...

    May 23, 2023 at 11:45 am

    How bad is it?! Socialism is SO bad… that the USA can’t hardly even keep pace with China. That’s how bad. LOL, freaking Moe Rons always self contradicting but the MAGA base eats it up. If you want to pick a fight with Socialist China, try to make your teens remove Tik Tok from their phones. Good luck!

  • PeterH

    May 23, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Rick Scott would like to normalize and institutionalize government hate.

    We won’t let him!

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • Michael K

    May 23, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Accusations of fear mongering from Rick Scott? That’s doublespeak.

    And by the way, the LA Dodgers stood up to Marco Rubio for his attempt to erase Pride recognition in Los Angeles. Like it’s his business in the first place.

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 23, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I just wish we had more senators that said, “Let’s all get together.” Let’s figure out how to bring the drag queens, teachers, students, Soros backed prosecutors, Disney, private companies, and white collar criminal senators together! And hostility towards socialism? At least it’s a nice change from the woke culture wars…and I’m always up for some good mockery and laughter.

  • Peggy

    May 23, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Does Rick Scott know that a Nazi group has now been acting out in the open in Jacksonville & Daytona Beach?

    They’ve become emboldened by this White Supremacist Governor.

  • Judge

    May 23, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Rick Scott has horrible character. He doesn’t work hard. He’s a low quality white man.

  • Patrick

    May 23, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    Rick “Voldemort” Scott doesn’t like socialists. That’s the greatest advertisement for Socialism I’ve ever heard.

  • John

    May 24, 2023 at 2:00 am

    “Let’s start judging people by their character, how hard they want to work, not their skin color.”, gender identification, immigration status… etc…But don’t hold your breath as Florida seems bent on its war on their “2nd class” citizens…

  • Sheila

    May 26, 2023 at 5:19 am

    I’m not left or right, I see both wings on the same bird, and bothe need to leave office. The constitutional republic that this nation was founded as needs to be restored. However we do it, whatever we call it, we just need to stop all this stupid drama and get it done already. Color? Who gives a shit. Gender? Who gives a shit. Religion? Who gives a shit. Shut up, remove head from ass, and do whatever it takes to hold our constitutional rights freedoms, and liberties. UNITED we stand and divided we WILL fall. Time we once again become home of the free and land of the brave. To hell with land of the imprisoned and home of the overly sensitive coward!

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