Organizers of a right-wing conference in Florida denounced a bunch of neo-Nazis waving swastika flags outside the gathering — but convention speaker Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn’t said a word about it.
The neo-Nazis waving large red flags emblazoned with swastikas and SS symbols gathered outside the Turning Point USA Student Motion Summit on the Tampa Convention Center Saturday and shouted racist slurs. In addition they waved the flag of Florida and one other with the slogan “DeSantis Country” — together with a poster featuring DeSantis’ face.
Besides DeSantis, the conference featured speakers including former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
Gaetz said in his speech that ugly women shouldn’t complain concerning the lack of 50 years of abortion rights within the wake of the Supreme Court’s scuttling of Roe v. Wade because they’re the “least” prone to be impregnated by apparently repulsed men.
Greene said the GOP should turn into a “Christian nationalist” party.
Yet a Turning Point spokesperson insisted in a press release Sunday that the group “100% condemns” neo-Nazi ideologies “within the strongest of terms.” Representative Andrew Kolvet said in a press release that neo-Nazis have “nothing to do” with the organization.
“Since these individuals were positioned on public property, our security attempted to, but was not permitted to remove them. We have now no idea who they’re or why they were here,” the statement added.
Florida Holocaust Museum chairman Mike Igel said in a press release that the neo-Nazi demonstration represented “a direct threat” to the Jewish community in the realm.
“Carrying the Nazi flag, or that of the SS, the unit chargeable for among the worst atrocities of the Holocaust, is an indefensible act of pure hatred,” he added. “This isn’t about politics or religion. It’s about humanity.”
The Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation reached out to local and regional law enforcement, which “committed to extra patrols of Jewish institutions across Tampa,” the group said in a press release, reported WFLA-News Channel 8.
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Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried on Sunday defied DeSantis to say something negative concerning the neo-Nazis.
“I’m asking you, Ron DeSantis, to denounce the Nazis that were here, here to rejoice your speech inside this convention center,” said Fried. “They were holding your pictures yesterday.”
DeSantis as a substitute hailed the “freedom-loving young folks” within the “free state of Florida.”