Ron DeSantis amplifies social media post pushing xenophobic ‘replacement theory’

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The Governor continues to flirt with hard-right rhetoric and iconography, even after his national campaign ended.

Florida’s Governor continues to weigh in on issues well beyond Tallahassee and the grind of the Legislative Session.

Ron DeSantis amplified a conservative commentator’s post about undocumented immigrants, in which the original poster seemed to embrace the controversial “great replacement theory.”

“This is how much they hate us. They lock us down and poison us and destroy the economy with printing money for covid. Then take the covid money and give it to our replacements,” posted Daniel Horowitz, amplifying a New York Post story about Washington state allocating $340 million in federal economic impact payments to individuals who should have been disqualified based on their immigration status.

DeSantis reposted Horowitz’s take, adding his own remarks.

“Sending $1k checks to illegal aliens — from COVID funds no less — is the political equivalent of flipping off every taxpayer and productive citizen,” the Governor said, commenting on what was by then a four-day old story in a tabloid.

The National Immigration Forum explained replacement theory as stating “that welcoming immigration policies — particularly those impacting nonwhite immigrants — are part of a plot designed to undermine or ‘replace’ the political power and culture of white people living in Western countries.”

The theory is a popular trope of “anti-immigrant groups, white supremacists, and others,” with invasion rhetoric, voter replacement, and antisemitism being subsets of the larger theory, according to the group.

DeSantis predicated much of his presidential campaign on asserting his administration’s willingness to leave people crossing from Mexico “stone cold dead” at the border, and during an announcement of the deployment of the State Guard, he framed the legally questionable commitment as a move to “stop the invasion.”

The DeSantis campaign and supporters flirted with other questionable tropes throughout his presidential campaign as well, including amplifying a video created by a former staffer that depicted the Governor at the center of a Sonnenrad.

The Anti-Defamation League notes it is “one of a number of ancient European symbols appropriated by the Nazis in their attempt to invent an idealized ‘Aryan/Norse’ heritage.”

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


17 comments

  • Gross Florida Cults If Snake Churchers

    February 7, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Christians are paranoid and blame their rather limited talents on anything and anyone under the Sun (gays Jews foreigners Blacks trans all kept Ron from Grand Wizard of your Klan).

  • Michael K

    February 7, 2024 at 7:19 pm

    Such a tiny little person, so bigoted, so bitter, so full of hate and vengeance. That’s weakness, not strength.

    • Ricky Bobby

      February 7, 2024 at 7:48 pm

      Do you pay taxes or are you just an activist blowhard that lives with Mom and Dad or even better yet attending an Indoctrination University in Florida? Look at the people in NYC. Citizens of this country asking why this money and services go to people that entered here illegally yet these same citizens can’t receive this treatment given to illegals. Is that bigoted and xenophobic?

      • Mike

        February 8, 2024 at 9:44 am

        Xenophobic, racist, bigoted, etc. are all words designed and used to end the argument. More often than not the folks making the accusations are the very definition of the labels they create. Close the border now!!!

        • MH/Duuuval

          February 8, 2024 at 10:26 am

          Asylum seekers are driven by the desire to be safe and keep their loved ones safe. Would you stay in place if cartels or gangs or government repression jeopardized you and your family?

          Do you cross your fingers when you sing hymns in praise of the original asylum seeker, Jesus Christ?

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 8, 2024 at 3:19 pm

          You forgot the last word Mike.

          Close the border now. Trump.

          Trump’s the reason it’s gonna be open for as long as GOPs still have control (on paper, at least) of either chamber of the US Congress or the Presidency.

          All the GOP’s got to go before Congress and the President can do anything about the border.

        • Joe

          February 8, 2024 at 4:53 pm

          Oh Mike, anyone with a brain knows that “Every accusation is a confession” is actually the RepubliQan motto. Those words have meaning, and what they mean is that your party actively hates people who don’t look/act like you.

          Maybe call your obstructionist Keystone Kop Kongressmen if you’re really so concerned about that whole border thing.

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 8, 2024 at 9:45 am

    Dee has his own replacement plans — getting rid of the importunate and near-indigent and bringing in wealthier elements with no ties to anything except their bank balances. Folks who don’t want to pay their fair share to keep society alive because they can source private services. These are the prospective drones for MAGA World.

  • PeterH

    February 8, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    Ron still doesn’t understand that he’s lost all credibility on the national stage!

  • Joe

    February 8, 2024 at 4:48 pm

    This is why you and your supervisor Casey lost the primary, you angry little pipsqueak! Your children will eventually grow up to learn just how awful you both are.

    • My Take

      February 8, 2024 at 10:16 pm

      The angry pipsqueak, by losing, has become a mere trifle.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 12, 2024 at 11:43 am

        3 years of lame duck Rhonda. Insufferable!

  • MH/Duuuval

    February 8, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    Dee will be trifling with Fla. folks for two more stinkin” years as he can’t be VP with DJT.

  • Keystone Keys

    February 11, 2024 at 10:35 am

    The Democrat/Marxists plan is on full display at the Border.
    The Replacement Theory is real. Democrats openly called it the Browning of America.
    The ironic thing is that it is the Globalist White, Liberal Intelligentsia, that despises the White Middle Class who are controlling this process.
    They want to eventually eliminate the White Bourgeois, yes, even you White Liberal Useful Idiots, and Lord over dependent, pliable third world people.
    Using the worn-out tropes of racist, xenophobic, nativist, et al, cannot change the irrefutable truth.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 12, 2024 at 11:42 am

      Do Republicans believe all that? If so, why’d they just shut down their own border bill? LOL @ KK… You forgot a K.

    • Joe

      February 14, 2024 at 9:59 am

      To Keystone Keys Kommenter: “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    February 12, 2024 at 11:45 am

    If white folk really don’t want to be replaced, they should stop acting like they need to be replaced.

    When a thing act like its batteries bought the farm, what happens? The batteries get replaced.

    Do better, white people. You make the USA look like a Tesla when it’s minus 10F out. Battery DEAD

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