Following an ugly neo-Nazi event in Florida, yet another denouncement dance played out Monday on Twitter, after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis didn’t declare the obvious — that Nazis are bad — quickly enough to appease the liberal mob.
Instead, DeSantis denounced the media for playing its usual political games.
It began with a small group of swastika-wearing, goose-stepping, cosplay-looking racists gathered in Waterford Lakes, near Orlando, to spew hatred and assault passersby.
Videos of the event hit Twitter and quickly went viral:
#Video: Showing you people dressed with red Nazi swastikas bicep bands in the area of Waterford Lakes in #Florida, beating up people who were disagreeing with them. pic.twitter.com/6dbYPLaFfW
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 30, 2022
DeSantis spokesperson, Christina Pushaw pushed back against those demanding an official DeSantis denouncement to prove he, too, isn’t aligned with Nazis.
“So — if the governor himself does not issue a public statement of specific condemnation of whoever this group is, within a time period that the Left deems acceptable, he is smeared as a Nazi sympathizer by default?” she tweeted.
Many quickly saw through the tired ploy, calling it out for what it is: gross.
Associate Director for the Center for the Middle East & International Law Erielle Davidson tweeted: “Florida Dems magnify a few Nazi losers for political gain. They don’t care about antisemitism — they just want to see how ‘big’ they can make half a dozen losers seem in order to score political points.”
Florida Dems magnify a few Nazi losers for political gain. They don’t care about antisemitism—they just want to see how “big” they can make half a dozen losers seem in order to score political points. It’s gross. https://t.co/sfRzd4QC1c
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) January 31, 2022
And when one user noted that no such demands were made of “the longest serving democrat mayor of Orlando,” who “hosted this horrific act,” Pushaw responded that it’s because “when they demand condemnation from Republicans, they are accusing us of being tied to the protest in some way, when that is absolutely not the case.”
Gov. DeSantis did make a statement, Monday afternoon, though probably not the one the salivating media were expecting.
“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 informed them. “Some jackasses doing this on the street — First of all, state law enforcement is going to hold them accountable because they were doing stuff on the overpass. So they’re absolutely going to do that, and they should do that. But I’m not going to have people try to smear me who belong to a political party that has elevated anti-Semites to the halls of Congress, like Ilhan Omar, that have played footsie with the BDS movement.”
“And so they try to play games to try to politicize,” DeSantis continued. “Why would they want to elevate a half-dozen malcontents and try to make this an issue for political gain?”
Naturally, liberals reacted as though the smear against DeSantis was itself a smear.
#BREAKING: @GovRonDeSantis blasts Democrats in response to this weekend's Neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic rallies in central Florida.
He accuses Democrats of trying to "smear" him, and says the party has "elevated anti-Semites to the halls of Congress like @IlhanMN" (1/2) @WFLA #WFLANow pic.twitter.com/voOfepsojj
— JB Biunno #HeyJB (@WFLAJB) January 31, 2022
Meanwhile, Pushaw continued to duke it out on Twitter, fighting off those who now demanded her condemnation.
“Yes of course I unequivocally condemn that unacceptable behavior from anyone,” she tweeted, asking, “Why is it your default assumption that we support it? And… When will all the Florida Dems condemn Hamas and BDS?”
It didn’t take long, however, for support for the popular DeSantis to pour in.
as a Jewish Floridian I support 100% https://t.co/8V6KZDcL2d
— Tipping Odds Podcast. Mitch (@TippingOddsLV) February 1, 2022
.@GovRonDeSantis is an extraordinary friend of the Jewish community & anyone who co-ops the racist actions of 15 Nazis as a weapon against him isn't a friend of ours. On the contrary, they're partisan hacks looking to score cheap political points on the backs of vulnerable Jews. https://t.co/tcopea6Nbq
— Chaskel Bennett (@ChaskelBennett) February 1, 2022
Denounces the neo-Nazis as jackasses, denounces Democrats for politicizing this in an attempt to smear him, denounces Ilhan Omar for supporting terrorism, and brags about how great Israel is for Jews.
Nobody else gets it like DeSantis. Best governor in the country. https://t.co/CIOBmCWGQp
— Max (@MaxNordau) January 31, 2022
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