Gov. DeSantis says ‘help is on the way’ after racist mass murder in Jacksonville

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'Just know that the state of Florida stands with the community.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other local and state leaders spoke Sunday in Jacksonville’s New Town neighborhood, near where three Black people were killed in a local Dollar General by a racist White gunman Saturday.

“Help is on the way,” the Governor promised.

The Governor was interrupted at first by jeers from some members of the crowd, before City Council member Ju’Coby Pittman urged the crowd to quiet down. DeSantis vowed to offer financial help to boost the security of Edward Waters College, where the gunman tried to go before he went to the store.

“We’ve already been looking to identify funds to be able to help make sure there is adequate security for Edward Waters College. We are not going to allow these institutions to be targeted by people,” DeSantis said.

The Governor said his administration had “already identified funds from the state of Florida” and that he would be “announcing some stuff tomorrow morning, which I think will help not only with security but also an attempt to help these families.”

The Governor went on to condemn the killing for a third time, saying that a “major league scumbag (came) from Clay County up here,” and that “what he did is totally unacceptable in the state of Florida.”

“We are not going to let people be targeted based on their race. We are going to stand up and we are going to do what we need to do to make sure that evil does not triumph in the state of Florida. And that means we are going to work with Edward Waters so that they have whatever security they need in Florida,” DeSantis said.

“We’ve already given a lot of money to Jewish Day schools because they’ve been targeted with anti Semitism. Well, let me tell you this. You are not going to target HBCUs in the state of Florida and get away with it. We’re going to hold you accountable,” DeSantis said. “Just know that the state of Florida stands with the community. Help is on the way.”

Not every local leader is on board with the Governor’s sentiments, or even presence, however.

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


13 comments

  • Thomas Kaspar

    August 27, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    Race baiting the dead for clicks is grotesque.

  • Scumbag desantis

    August 27, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    “Scumbag”. How he talks like his mentor. He has helped create the environment of hate and violence. How about restoring African American AP studies. How about telling the truth about slavery in Florida. How about quit saying diversity is “Woke”. How about quit supporting proud boys and white nationalists.

  • Racist Angie Nixon

    August 27, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    Angie Nixon is a racist, period.

    • SHANE HARRISON

      August 28, 2023 at 6:31 am

      ANGIE NIXON IS VERY RACIST AND SHE SHOWS IT EVERYDAY WHEN SHE OPENS HER MOUTH.SHE IS VERY DISRESPECTFUL AND DOESN’T CARE WHAT OR HOW SHE TALKS TO PEOPLE’S.

  • Earl Pitts "Earl Told Ya So" American

    August 27, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Sadly had the 3 been killed by a black person the reporting would be a 1/2 paragraph in local Duvall County media along with a .45 second mention on a few local evening news stations.
    CNN and Joe Biden would no nothing about it.
    EPA

    • SHANE HARRISON

      August 28, 2023 at 6:28 am

      YOU SIR ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BIDEN NOR HARRIS AND NEITHER DOES ANY OF THE DEMONKRATTS CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE. GEORGE SOROS AND KLAUS SWAUB TELL THEM WHAT TO DO. THEY ARE THERE MASTERS.

      • MH/Duuuval

        August 28, 2023 at 8:47 am

        Klaus Swaub? Really?

  • Margaret

    August 27, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    DeSantis and the Republicans in the Legislature are the reason
    that this racist attack took place. It was their passing of a Law which makes buying a gun easy for people like the killer. Adding more police and “security” is not the answer to the problem which DeSantis and his far right fanaticists created. The answer is to rescind this stupid law and restore some sanity to Florida.
    No one is going to want to visit, live or work in this State if we don’t do something about this gun law.

    • Michelle Busby

      August 28, 2023 at 8:02 am

      Well said, Margaret.

  • Michael K

    August 27, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    DeSantis will do anything to get the white supremacist vote, which has a safe home in the Republican party and MAGA.

  • My Take

    August 27, 2023 at 9:49 pm

    Why they were killed is as important in the news as that they were kiilled.
    They were killed by a white racist because he was a racist.
    They were killed by a white racist because they were black.

  • Tjb

    August 27, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    Ron DeSantis promotes a culture of hate towards people of color and the LGBTQ community.
    This type of dehumanizing creates an environment for these horrific acts of violence.

  • Michael K

    August 28, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Ron has “normalized” anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ hate by promoting his white-washed vision of America that makes “diversity” a thought crime along with making white people “uncomfortable” with the truth. Add easy access to weapons of mass death and destruction, and you reap what you sow.

    Not saying this is his fault, but he bears some responsibility, which is why his words ring hollow.

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