ADL Florida warns of Labor Day mobilization for antisemitic ‘White power’ groups

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'Participants will likely wear matching uniforms (red shirts, black masks, and black pants), wave swastika flags, perform Hitler salutes.'

Labor Day Weekend may present the latest in a series of existential threats to Floridians from the White power movement.

That’s the claim from the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Center on Extremism, which believes that a number of antisemitic, neo-Nazi groups will yet again mobilize in the Sunshine State.

“Two extremist groups, the Goyim Defense League (GDL) and Blood Tribe (BT), are planning to gather in Florida in September 2023 for a joint, public demonstration(s) they are calling the ‘March of the Redshirts,'” the ADL asserts.

That event could include people from adjunct groups, including  NatSoc Florida (NSF), the Nationalist Social Club (NSC-131) and White Lives Matter (WLM) networks.

The ADL “expects the group will likely hold several demonstrations in high visibility locations — such as a sporting or entertainment venue, highway overpass, government building or in front of an LGBTQ+ venue or Jewish institution — in order to attract as much public and media attention as possible. In addition, participants may distribute white supremacist and antisemitic fliers and/or conduct banner drops.”

“Participants will likely wear matching uniforms (red shirts, black masks, and black pants), wave swastika flags, perform (Adolf) Hitler salutes and shout things like ‘There will be blood’ and ‘White power.’ Some participants may be armed and/or wear tactical equipment. The Center on Extremism is not aware of any direct or specific threats of violence at this time,” the ADL COE’s community advisory continues.

Purported Nazi demonstrations have been on the uptick of late, with increased brazenness and visibility of the groups, which sometimes appear with signs promoting Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Governor argues that these people are not real supporters of his.

One high-profile incident, near Disney World, happened earlier this summer. In a campaign appearance out of state, DeSantis urged people to “understand those are not true supporters of mine, that is an operation to try to link me to something so that it’s me,” as he said during an interview on WMUR’s “Conversations with the Candidate.”

DeSantis occasionally has addressed the racist demonstrations, such as in 2022 when a group of neo-Nazis lined a bridge in eastern Orange County, hanging the swastika flag and banners — including a banner with the pro-Donald Trump slogan “Let’s Go Brandon” — and yelling profanities and antisemitic slurs at passing cars.

He was more concerned with Democrats talking about the issue in remarks after the fact.

“So what I’m going to say is these people, these Democrats who are trying to use this as some type of political issue to try to smear me as if I had something to do with it, we’re not playing their game,” DeSantis said back in 2022.

In a tweet posted after the incident and later deleted, Press Secretary Christina Pushaw responded to Twitter outrage over the Orlando Nazi demonstration by asking, “Do we even know they’re Nazis?”

Pushaw then sought to clarify that statement. “I don’t know what you mean by ‘denying Nazis.’ I was referring to this event in VA, when a group of Democrats dressed up as White supremacists to discredit a (Glenn) Youngkin rally,” she told Florida Politics at the time.

Similar demonstrations including Nazi regalia and pro-DeSantis flags recurred in 2022.

Meanwhile, the demonstration is expected just one week after three Black people were killed by a White man at a Dollar General near Edward Waters University in Jacksonville.

The killer was an adherent to White supremacy and had drawn swastikas on his AR-15, which he used to slay three innocent victims, after having driven from a county away to kill them in cold blood. The killer took his own life, but the incident was the latest grim reminder of an uptick in racist provocations and attacks in Florida in recent years.

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


42 comments

  • Thomas Kaspar

    August 31, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Race baiting and promoting hired masked Nazis . Essentially the post is racist and pro-nazi . So you two are rented a racist and or anti-Semites .

    • Biscuit

      August 31, 2023 at 4:04 pm

      Pure nonsense, TK. You sound illiterate, quite frankly, as in unable to understand the words of the article you claim to have read.
      Not only that, but this line of yours, “So you two are rented a racist and or anti-Semites,” is literally nonsensical.
      You read angry, you write angry, you make no sense.
      Angry human, arf arf to you I say.
      Arf.

      • Douglas Williamson

        August 31, 2023 at 5:39 pm

        That’s just what a Nazi would say!
        What’s next? The Spanish Inquisition?

      • Jal Para

        September 1, 2023 at 10:28 am

        Ditto

    • Rick Whitaker

      August 31, 2023 at 8:16 pm

      what the heck are you talking about? i agree, you sound illiterate.

    • Joe

      September 7, 2023 at 11:00 am

      Thomas KKKaspar is in fact a Nazi himself.

  • John Ubele

    August 31, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    John Ubele: The filmmakers of the resistance front should show the world how Zionism benefitted from the Black Slave Trade

    “…Ubele stated: The Zionists and the Israeli government, which is actually their base and center, do not want people to know anything about the truth of the Black Slave Trade, because if a decision were to be made in a world court, judgements would be issued against Israel and many powerful Jews around the world.

    They would have to pay trillions of dollars and this is the greatest vulnerability of the Jews. Filmmakers can show the importance of this issue to the world by producing videos and films about the Black Slave Trade…”

    Source:
    https://tn.ai/2900815

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 1, 2023 at 7:58 pm

      zionism to me is pure racism. i do know that not all jews are zionist. but being a jew is almost a requirement for being a zionist. just like being white is almost a requirement for being a white supremist. but not all whites are white supremist. i consider zionism as bad as white supremacy. so zionist are the same as the white supremist. hate begets hate

      • Pissed Off 2A Jew

        September 3, 2023 at 12:04 pm

        Then you clearly don’t know what Zionism is.

  • My Take

    August 31, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    Just like the first America First fascist movement of the late 1930s and until Hitler declàred war on the US.

    • My Take

      August 31, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      Republicans, Klansmen, and Nazis.
      Plus a womans’ group.

      • Facts of propaganda

        September 2, 2023 at 5:53 pm

        Republicans are the polar opposite of Klansmen and Nazis. Both of those are leftwing.

        • My Take

          September 3, 2023 at 8:49 am

          Today’s conservatives clearly are both mentally AND morally inferior.

        • Joe

          September 7, 2023 at 11:33 am

          What century does “Farts of Propaganda” live in? There is zero chance an American KKK or Nazi member today would identify as leftist in any way. Racism and white supremacy have been foundational principles of the RepubliQan party since the 60’s.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 1, 2023 at 8:07 pm

      yeah, facism and racism are bad. nazis are idealist with an unworkable idea. so if you are a zionist or a white supremist, you have an unworkable idea. i think that is commonly called stupidity.

  • John Ubele

    September 1, 2023 at 1:15 am

    John Ubele: The filmmakers of the resistance front should show the world how Zionism benefitted from the Black Slave Trade

    “…Ubele stated: The Zionists and the Israeli government, which is actually their base and center, do not want people to know anything about the truth of the Black Slave Trade, because if a decision were to be made in a world court, judgements would be issued against Israel and many powerful Jews around the world.

    They would have to pay trillions of dollars and this is the greatest vulnerability of the Jews. Filmmakers can show the importance of this issue to the world by producing videos and films about the Black Slave Trade…”

    Source:
    https://tn.ai/2900815

  • Jal Para

    September 1, 2023 at 10:31 am

    How sad that some people’s self-worth is tied up with hate for others. I can’t imagine what life is like when you’re afraid of everything that’s not white, straight, and christian.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 1, 2023 at 8:09 pm

      great comment. i don’t think too many fear mongers realize they are stupid.

  • Diane

    September 1, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    These people that are the so called “white power movement, representing/standing for Governor DeSantis, (which is not true, DeSantis has called them out publicly that they do not represent him). They are the same people who dressed in trump supporter apparel and stormed the capital as thou they were republicans!!!! Instead they are evil Nazi supporters!!!!!!!! WAKE up!!

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 1, 2023 at 8:13 pm

      you got to be kidding, nobody could be that stupid. i’ve had to run off some of my lifelong friends for being conspiracy theorist {stupid haters}

      • Ocean Joe

        September 2, 2023 at 4:39 pm

        They ARE that stupid.

    • Joe

      September 7, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Today’s Nazis are all RepubliQans, Diane. The idea that anyone is faking things we can see with our own eyes is laughable. The right-wing propaganda machine is melting your tiny brain.

  • martine fedoroskovic

    September 1, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    these comments are amazing. talking trash against jew this and jew that– all true as far as I can tell.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 1, 2023 at 8:21 pm

      jews and zionist or two different things. so which group were you referring to. if you have issues with zionist, then don’t blame all jews. i would think that you must already know all this.

  • Rick Whitaker

    September 1, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    is florida eat up with racisim? i live in another racist state, so i know one when i see one. maybe florida will heal itself when they vote out all of the maga maggots

    • Facts of propaganda

      September 2, 2023 at 5:54 pm

      You sound like the maggot. Marxist like you are the problem in this nation with your endless lies and hatred.

      • My Take

        September 3, 2023 at 7:12 am

        Fascists are today’s problem in America.
        With their endless lies and hatred and violence.
        Totally unAmerican.

      • Joe

        September 7, 2023 at 11:03 am

        There is zero chance you can even define “Marxism,” you illiterate bootlicking racist rube.

        “Facts of propaganda” is an amusingly oxymoronic username though.

      • I mean really

        September 10, 2023 at 4:45 am

        How come the best examples of nazis are the worst examples of everything?

        You don’t even have a chin lol

    • Teresa Kelly

      September 4, 2023 at 7:47 pm

      Agree with you Rick. I, unfortunately, live in Florida and I hate what De Santis has done to this state. The MAGAts feel emboldened to destroy this country and force everyone to their way of intolerant, hate-filled thinking. We’re on the cusp of real-life “Handmaids Tale” and Florida is ground zero. I’ll be leaving within the next 2 years.

  • My Take

    September 2, 2023 at 7:52 am

    “The Red Shirts or Redshirts of the Southern United States were white supremacist paramilitary terrorist groups that were active in the late 19th century in the last years of, and after the end of, the Reconstruction era of the United States.” — WIĶI

  • Dale A Arnold

    September 2, 2023 at 10:04 am

    “I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist, I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist”
    Andrew Gillium.

  • My Take

    September 2, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    The black legal authorities invoved in “persècuting” their MAGA-God Trump must grate. And black WOMEN!

    • Facts of propaganda

      September 2, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Are lies and baseless smears all you have?

      • Pastor Pasta

        September 5, 2023 at 2:55 pm

        Projection much?

  • My Take

    September 3, 2023 at 7:02 am

    That woud be GOPosting.
    They may have it patented.

  • My Take

    September 3, 2023 at 7:20 am

    WOKE POWER !
    Shoulď the ball caps be red or blue?

  • My Take

    September 3, 2023 at 9:57 am

    A lower-order of dumb.
    I don’t think we are even dealing wth FOX-fools any more. NewsMax nitwits. OAN onanists.

  • Last call

    September 3, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    My great uncle Captain Mosby Taylor bombed the hell out of nazis targets during WW2. Hate always loses and nazis always end up in body parts! F them!

    • My Take

      September 4, 2023 at 1:11 am

      I just want the DeSSantis Nazis to be teeth-grinding mad impotent losers. And laughed at.

  • B.R. Ethlus

    September 5, 2023 at 7:36 am

    “ADL Florida warns of Labor Day mobilization for antisemitic ‘White power’ groups”

    Pssstzh!

    What breathless headline next from AG? Let me write it. “ACLU Fears Proud Boy Halloween Uprising” Subhead “White Supremacists on Horseback Will Throw Pumpkin Heads at Black Americans to Celebrate Trump”

    • Joe

      September 7, 2023 at 11:05 am

      Sure guy, keep defending your racist friends and Klan family members.

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