Ron DeSantis says antisemitism in Germany is at a post-Adolf Hitler peak due to immigrants

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The Governor blames lax immigration policies, says consequences will be felt for 50 years.

Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t exactly equating current anti-Israel and antisemitic demonstrations in Germany to the Adolf Hitler era, but he’s not shy in drawing parallels between the Nazi era and now.

During an appearance in Davenport, Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate warned supporters that regarding “what’s happening in Europe, you have more antisemitism in Germany than at any time since Adolf Hitler.”

“Is that just because the native Germans all of a sudden took a turn? No, it’s because of their immigration policies. They’ve imported a lot of people who are bringing that culture and those views with them,” DeSantis contended.

Indeed, he warns that current policy decisions will have far-reaching impacts, saying that “what’s going on in Europe, I think is going to cause them problems for the next 50 years.”

DeSantis drew parallels to the situation in Europe and those who have suggested the United States could take in “refugees” from Gaza.

“I said we are not going to be bringing in Gaza Strip refugees, particularly by the hundreds of thousands. And people said, ‘Well, they’re not all members of Hamas,'” DeSantis said.

He then tried knocking down that argument as fallacious.

“Well, first of all, they elected Hamas. Second of all, they were cheering in the streets when these Jews were massacred on Oct. 7. So don’t act like they don’t support Hamas,” DeSantis counseled.

“But even if there are some that don’t, the reality is they teach the kids to hate Jews. The textbooks do not have Israel listed on the map. Their goal is the complete destruction of the Jewish state. And so you’re going to bring that into our (country). How does that benefit you? Does that benefit your family to be importing like that?”

The Governor also suggested that Arabic states were smart not to allow Palestinian emigration.

“Very few countries are as dumb as we are on some of this stuff. You know, it’s like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, all them, they’re not accepting any Gaza Palestinian Arabs from the Gaza. They’re like, ‘No, we’re not doing it because they’re concerned about how that can impact their country.’ So they don’t even, they don’t even contemplate it,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • KathrynA

    November 7, 2023 at 11:46 am

    From a governor who never condemned Neo-Nazi’s actions in his own state!

    • Earl Pitts "World-Wide Political Influncer" American

      November 7, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      Well America,
      Guess those Krauts did not get their @55’s kicked enough back in WWII, THE BIG ONE, and we are just gonna have to go back in and kick some Kraut 8utts again.
      We dont care if the stupid Krauts aborted all their off-spring and had to import Muzzy workers to make their cars.
      Thank you America,
      Earl Pitts “World-Wide-8utt-Kicker” American

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 7, 2023 at 12:29 pm


        • Saurerkraut

          November 7, 2023 at 4:57 pm

          Don’t you mean “Mr. Arm Pits”

  • Michael K

    November 7, 2023 at 11:51 am

    He’s always blaming someone else – some bogeyman. Germany has seen a rise in radical right-wing extremism like other nations with illiberal movements attempting to undo years of progress. It’s not unlike what is happening with the MAGA wing of what used to be the Republican party here.

  • My Take

    November 7, 2023 at 11:54 am

    Emptying Palestine of Palestinians is what the Ìsraeli rightwing wants, not Arab states.
    Ìt mirrors what Hitler wanted before the Holocaust.

  • University of North Florida

    November 7, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Take a look at Florida! Come visit sometime

  • Joe

    November 7, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    So why is antisemitism in Florida also at an all-time high?

    • Hateful Christians

      November 8, 2023 at 5:56 am

      Because Florida is 99.9% Christian.

      Violence and hate us all they preach on Sunday.

  • Rick Whitaker

    November 7, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    desantis is the king of pandering. if he tells his wife he loves her, how could she believe him.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 7, 2023 at 12:43 pm

      I lived in Germany for three years. I visit regularly. DeSantis is right. Been to London Rick or are you locked up in the old folks home?

      • TJC

        November 7, 2023 at 1:10 pm

        Like you, the Neo-nazis of modern day Germany are lily-white, hate-filled males. And I’ll bet, like you, they are disgusted by the elderly, and their disgust is derived from their fear of one day being old.

        • Impeach Biden

          November 7, 2023 at 1:50 pm

          Quite some assumptions there TJC. Your bias is coming through. How do you know that I’m Lilly White? Could I be brown or red? Do you also assume that all Germans are white as well? How about the rise of anti-semetism in this country or or you one of those singing from The River to the Sea? Let me add thanks to President Trump for moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 7, 2023 at 3:50 pm

        i’ve traveled the world, yes i’ve been to london . what’s your point? i work every day, sometimes on my own properties and sometimes doing charity work on other people’s properties ” old folks home “, what are you an ageist? you just seem to be filled with hate for the sake of hate. you know nothing about me, yet you criticize. you hate immigrants and prejudge people, yeah i get you..

      • Ausgezeichnet Andy

        November 8, 2023 at 5:57 am

        Nicht; drück vie sie ein auge zu.

  • My Take

    November 7, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Bý most historical accounts, before Israel Jews were generally treated better in the Muslim world than in Christian Europe. Fellow “people of the book.” Maybe not treated as equals, but not hàted. If America had wanted to keep out antisemites it woulď have barred Catholic immigrants.

  • TJC

    November 7, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Perhaps the Governor missed this very recent report regarding the true source of Neo-nazi activity in Germany. Or perhaps he is not aware that “skinheads” refers to white guys, and that “American” and “United States” refer to our country, not immigrants in Germany.

    Associated Press report of September 19, 2023
    BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Tuesday banned the neo-Nazi group Hammerskins Germany and raided homes of dozens of its members. The group is an offshoot of an American ring-wing extremist group and plays a prominent role across Europe.
    The Hammerskins Germany is an offshoot of the Hammerskins Nation founded in the United States in 1988, according to the interior ministry.
    It plays a prominent role in the right-wing extremist scene in Europe. Worldwide, members of this association refer to themselves as “brothers” practicing their subcultural way of life. The group also sees itself as the elite of the right-wing extremist skinhead scene, according to the ministry.

  • My Take

    November 7, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Every spiel DeSSlantis blurts is àimed at the infomercial-conditioned dullards who cannot see through plain and simple spin.

  • TJC

    November 7, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    “Very few countries are as dumb as we are on some of this stuff.”

    Well, Ron, very few countries have would-be world leaders who speak like 12 year old Valley Girls. Dumb. Stuff.

    Dumb Stuff DeSantis.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 7, 2023 at 6:06 pm

      Hilarious TJC. Have you listened to our mumbling, fumbling, that lost look in his eyes, Dementia Joe lately?

    • Dumb Aplenty

      November 8, 2023 at 5:58 am

      Who Said It? Ron or his kids?

  • Andy

    November 7, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    Little D, as I recall the Nazi supporters are your base, seen with their signs at your rallies?

    • Impeach Biden

      November 7, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      Can we assume Hamas and Hezbollah are part of your base then? Look at Tlaib and Omar leading the charge and singing from The river to the Sea. Quality folks you nuts elect.

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 7, 2023 at 5:29 pm

        no you can not assume that. that’s the problem with the maga cult, actual facts and truths mean nothing, but accusations , assumptions, and conspiracy theories, now that has value because it backs up their deceptions and power grabbing. go ahead and keep making crazy assumptions and fighting truths.

  • Ocean Joe

    November 7, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    After 50 years of hijackings, bombings, Lockerbie, the underwear bomber, Achille Lauro, the Twin Towers, the Marine base in Lebanon, I for one am worn out with the resort to violence.

    If you see 100,000 people in the streets of Washington, waiving Palestinian flags and wear the head dress you know we have let the enemy inside. Millions of Hispanics, predominantly Catholic have entered this country and I cant think of a single gathering or protests like that. They want to be part of America as it is and are working hard to be a part. It is eastern vs. western culture here, there will be no democracy in a freed Palestine, there is absolutely no evidence of it.

    This stuff is going to Archie Bunker Donald Trump back into office. Desantis comments go to the pluralization of western Europe where large Muslim populations have spent the last decade transforming everything. I value separation of church and state, and oppose Sharia law.

    • My Take

      November 7, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      If you see 100,000 people in the streets of Washington, waiving Palestinian flags and wear the head dress you know we have let the enemy inside.
      We’ve seen some big ones with yamulkas or 19th Century hats and a sea of Israeli flags.
      I don’t take that as a threat to the nation, though there is a lot of antiArab hate too.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 8, 2023 at 11:29 pm

      “I for one am worn out with the resort to violence.”

      The 1917 Balfour Declaration invited Jews to move to Palestine, then a British protectorate. After the Holocaust wiped out 6 million of 9 million European Jews, the Allies enabled surviving Jews to emigrate to Palestine.

      No matter there were Palestinians already living in Palestine as they had done for millennia.

      Many Palestinians look at this epoch of their history as ethnic cleansing, and unsurprisingly some have turned to terror in response. They are tired of being violently evicted from their homeland.

      As for separation of church and state: that is less and less the case in the US. We have our own Taliban, religious fundamentalists or the so-called Christian nationalists, with MAGA Mike their titular leader in the US House and Gov. Dee in Fla. who freely distributes voucher money from taxpayers to private schools, 90 percent of which are sectarian.

  • PeterH

    November 7, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Florida’s immigrant community should take note of DeSantis’s comments! You could be next!

    • Michael K

      November 7, 2023 at 4:34 pm

      LGBTQ people fully understand what Tiny D is doing to erase people and gin up hatred and normalize discrimination.

      Who’s next?

      • My Take

        November 7, 2023 at 8:32 pm

        South Asians?
        Were Haley’s and Ramenswampy’s parents naturalized when these two were born ?

    • Impeach Biden

      November 7, 2023 at 8:58 pm

      Isn’t the mayor of NYC giving one way flight tickets out of there to the illegals coming to NYC. What happened to that so called Sanctuary City? Hilarious and once again the Demo’s are full of it.

  • My Take

    November 8, 2023 at 12:42 am

    Is the Trump-triggered outbreak of antiChinese hatred and attacks still going oniin the US?
    I haven’t heard much lately.

  • My Take

    November 8, 2023 at 12:59 am

    Has anyone polled white supremacists?
    How do they split on their favoŕites, Trump and DeSSantis?

    • Impeach Biden

      November 8, 2023 at 8:32 am

      Anyone polling the Black Panthers, anti semites, sharia law, illegals and on and on what they are thinking?

  • My Take

    November 8, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Every KKKer who votes, votes GOP.
    I’ll bet evety neoNazi does too.

  • My Take

    November 8, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    The GOP recruited all the racist, hatèr, segregationists after the Democratic Party adopted civil rights.
    The haters have now taken over.
    GOP — the Party of Hate
    And now fascism too.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 8, 2023 at 11:38 pm

      Kevin Phillips, author of Nixon’s Southern strategy, predicted the haters among Sold South Democrats would gradually be drawn to the GOP:

      Phillips “recommended that Republicans not dilute the Voting Rights Act because “the more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans.”

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