Thursday, June 15, 2023

Where Is The Outrage? Where Is The Condemnation?

Crickets that is all you here from DeSantis. He doesn’t want to antagonize his fascist base.
Orlando Sentinel
By Silas Morgan
June 12, 2023

The neo-Nazi demonstration seen over the weekend outside the entrance to Walt Disney World Resort – provoking widespread disgust and outrage – was the latest sign of rising antisemitism in Florida and across the nation, experts said Monday.

Over a dozen far-right demonstrators, including many waving swastikas and some hoisting signs promoting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign, gathered outside the Disney entrance Saturday, a spectacle that quickly attracted viral attention on social media.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the incident, around 15 individuals were involved in the two-hour demonstration in the area of Vineland Road and Hotel Plaza Boulevard around noon Saturday.

In addition to the swastika and DeSantis banners, some had signs displaying antisemitic and white supremacist rhetoric. No arrests were made.

In an unsigned statement, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the agency “deplores hate speech in any form, but people have the First Amendment right to demonstrate.”
Hello Republicans? Are you okay with this? Your silence says you are!

DeSantis… you are one of the Republicans front runners where do you stand? We know where Trump stands… "very fine people on both sides" about the tiki torch marching fascist in Charlottesville back in 2017.
The demonstration drew condemnation from prominent figures across Central Florida as well as several notable Jewish organizations.

Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orlando, who tweeted now widely shared images and videos of the demonstration shared with her by others via social media, in a statement said Florida “is a state built on diversity and we will always stand against bigotry and hate.”

“It’s absolutely disgusting to see what has become a common presence of Nazis in Florida, and even more disturbing when they are holding signs and flags that signal support for people like Gov. DeSantis,” Eskamani said in a statement. “Every person, regardless of political ideology, should condemn this.”
Knock, knock… hello DeSantis? Hello Rep. Matt Gaetz? Sen. Marco Rubio any comment? What about you Sen. Rick Scott, do you have anything to say about Nazis protesting on your behalf?
Ben Popp, an investigative researcher at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center of Extremism who specializes in far-right extremism and white supremacy, said the group behind the gathering, known as the Order of the Black Sun, is relatively new. This incident may have been its first in-person demonstration.

The group, abbreviated OBS, “is a small white supremacist network based in the state of Florida,” he said.

“They formed earlier this year, from individuals who have been involved in other whites supremacist groups and organizations in the state of Florida for the past couple of years,” Popp said. “So these individuals are well known to us.”
Here in Connecticut we had neo-Nazis toss out flyers on flont lawns here and both the Republicans and Democrats spoke out against it… but in Florida crickets from the Republicans.
Despite the presence of pro-DeSantis signs at the gathering, the governor had not yet openly condemned or commented on the incident as of Monday.

After the 2022 incident, DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, who now works for his presidential campaign, criticized those asking DeSantis to weigh in on the demonstrations.

The DeSantis campaign and Walt Disney World did not respond to requests for comment.
That says volumes. And any comment now from him would be meaningless after all this time.

Stop and think about this. How many times have you heard the right-wingers say when a Rainbow flag is flown the US flag is the "only" flag that should be flown? But they all seem silent when it is a Nazi flag being flown.

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