Ron DeSantis, Joseph Ladapo push back after confrontation with hostile questioner in Jacksonville
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'They try and take advantage of the Governor just because he's not the same color as these people.'

Florida’s Governor and Surgeon General came to Jacksonville to talk COVID-19, but ended up talking about the killing of three Black people by a White gunman with swastikas drawn on his AR-15.

However, the state leaders had more criticism for the man asking about how state laws led to an avoidable racist mass murder than they did for the killer himself.

In Jacksonville, Ron DeSantis and Joseph Ladapo each responded to a questioner who led off his comments by saying he didn’t “agree” with all the Governor’s policies, specifically regarding the gun laws that allow “weapons to be put in the street” brandished by “immature and hateful people.”

“You have allowed people to hunt people like me in broad daylight,” the questioner said.

“Well, listen, excuse me, I’m not going to let you accuse me of committing criminal activity. I am not going to take that,” DeSantis said, before suggesting that the killer should not have had a gun to start with because of mental issues.

“That guy was Baker Acted,” DeSantis said. “He should have been ruled ineligible, but they didn’t involuntarily commit him.”

The back-and-forth continued while the speaker was being escorted out of the brew pub.

“You don’t get to come here and blame me for some madman,” DeSantis said. “That is not appropriate and I’m not going to accept it.”

After the event wrapped, Ladapo had his say, contending that the speaker had mental problems that overshadowed his message, while extolling the Governor’s “wonderful heart” and saying DeSantis was only blamed because he was “not the same color as these people.”

“What happened here was tragic and, you know, unfortunately the guy, the gentleman was obviously … I shouldn’t call him a gentleman. He was obviously crazy. Right? He was completely disconnected and he was insane, he was insane,” the state’s lead doctor said, seemingly referring to the shooter.

Ladapo said “there’s politics with trying to connect that,” adding that he believes that’s “just totally crazy as the Governor was saying,” and that DeSantis is a “good man.”

“My wife and I would never have left our state of California to come to the state if we didn’t, if he wasn’t a good man,” Ladapo said.

The Surgeon General called it “terrible that people take advantage of the fact that he’s a different color from the poor victims of that tragedy to try and tie him into something.”

“It’s immoral and unfortunately it’s reflective of what we’ve been seeing for, you know, for many years, but certainly during the pandemic where people hide reality and they spin it and they try and make you buy what they’re trying to sell you. And it’s not true. It’s a total lie, and they try and take advantage of the Governor just because he’s not the same color as these people,” Ladapo said.

Ladapo added that DeSantis “has a wonderful heart” and said “it’s terrible that they do that and it’s terrible that they get to get away with it so often just because he’s not the same color as the people who were harmed.”

“That’s the truth,” he concluded. “That’s the truth.”

The Governor came to Jacksonville for a vigil last month after the racist murder. He was jeered by 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 “scumbag” gunman tried to go before he went to the store.

Pittman, a Democrat, has taken criticism since. She has contended the Governor was “not invited to speak” and has condemned “armchair generals, extreme right-wing politicians who created policies for racists and gun-toting White supremacists to thrive.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Silly Wabbit

    September 7, 2023 at 11:37 am

    Ladapo kwazy.

    • My Take

      September 7, 2023 at 11:55 am

      And probably walks like a duck tòo.

  • JD

    September 7, 2023 at 11:41 am

    He got called out because of his action and inaction and then wants to deflect angrily like a man-child.

    Perhaps he is worried he is guilty of criminal negligence?

    Accusations are oft omissions.

    In watching the video I love how the guy was asked to leave because Ronald McDonald could not handle the tough questions andLapado likes to stripe his 2 cents with platitudes. Sure you like him, he fronted you a job for almost 1/2 $1M.

    • Dale A Arnold

      September 7, 2023 at 11:49 am

      You hit the nail on the head!

  • Dale A Arnold

    September 7, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Ron DeSantis a good man? Sure and lucifer is a good angel!! Up is down and evil is good…

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 7, 2023 at 5:04 pm

      remember, it’s the christians that get to decide what’s good and what’s bad. the decisions they have made are bad, and nothing like jesus would want. christians are the opposite of jesus. but they make a lot of money that way, so they are o. k. with it.

  • Earl Pitts "Political Science Go-To-Guru" American

    September 7, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Leftists are such disgusting raciest and hateful people. Why are you all the root of all evil in this our Great Nation?
    Leftists everywhere are ordered to hang their fool heads in shame for the remainder of the day in order to atone for your wicked ways.
    Forgive them Esteemed Florida Surgeon General Ladapo for they know not what they do.
    Thank you Dook 4 Brains Leftists,
    I shall pray for you,

    • JD

      September 7, 2023 at 12:28 pm

      Pitts the Shitts, Keep your crocodile tears and pearl clutching prays for your own ideological folk (and your continued accusations as omissions)

      Your boy’s in massive trouble on the national stage and in the doghouse at home. I suspect the FLGQP is going to have a reckoning in 2024 and 2026.

      You Losers keep losing.

    • Deacon Uzell Coefield

      September 7, 2023 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks for stepping up to the alter with your testimony and also for all you did for our Hurricane recovery Earl.
      We will be getting the souls to the polls with a little different agenda this time for sure.
      Uzell and Crew

      • My Take

        September 7, 2023 at 12:45 pm

        DeSSgustus’ past covid policies helped many thousands of souls get to Heaven and Hell early.

    • Joe The Plumber

      September 7, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      You Rock Earl
      Not many American men have the guts to call out the leftist chowder heads like you do Earl.
      Most men live in scary land always fearfull of being called out by the left as a homophobe, a raciest, a nazi, ect…ect…ect. America is glad you are the real American version of a man Earl.
      Give em Hell Earl all real men wish they they could live like Earl. Joe

      • Joe

        September 7, 2023 at 2:58 pm

        Earl the Pedophile and Joe the Groomer, a match made somewhere south of heaven.

      • Rick Whitaker

        September 7, 2023 at 5:09 pm

        yeah that earl pitts guy is a REAL christian, just ask him. what a big time loser.

      • JD

        September 7, 2023 at 8:20 pm

        Joe the Plumber is dead… This is Earl Shitts puppet master. He likes using dead people’s monikers and characters. Xtina, is that you?

  • PeterH

    September 7, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    DeSantis’s “mental problems” case is a canard. Republicans use this excuse all the time.

    The fact is individuals have doctor – patient privacy rights. Does DeSantis think that any psychiatrist will put their patient on DeSantis’s imaginary “no gun” list?

  • Mike

    September 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    “That guy was Baker Acted,” DeSantis said. “He should have been ruled ineligible, but they didn’t involuntarily commit him.”

    So he wasn’t “baker acted.” And can we stop using baker acted as a verb? He wasn’t illegallly detained via baker act

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 7, 2023 at 5:11 pm

      scum never accept blame. desantis IS scum

  • University of North Florida

    September 7, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    Such a thin skinned little bitch

  • Joe

    September 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    There is no human being more unlikeable than Governor Pipsqueak when he gets a question he doesn’t like. And with how much and how often he sweats under pressure, you know he just reeks of BO too.

  • John Barron

    September 7, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    America is sick of Meatball Ron’s trademark cowardice and protectionism. America is done with DeSicktits!!!

  • JockoHomo

    September 7, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    I think Ronnie is a little bit hot headed. LOL

  • Rick Whitaker

    September 7, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    desantistan is not called that for no good reason. he is a religious tyrant

  • ABCDEFU DeathSantis

    September 7, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    That speaker was exactly right. Even if the guy had an involuntary commitment read the fing Florida law and tell me how many times law enforcement then go through the process to make sure the guy didn’t have a gun. TOTAL BULL SHIT. DeathSantis just passed gun law for no background checks, open carry no license. Anyone can have a gun

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