Nikki Fried Falsely Claims DeSantis Silent on Anti-Semitism, Clapped for his Anti-Semitism Bill

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 9, 2022 Updated 7:44 PM ET

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May 9, 2022 Updated 7:44 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Democrat candidate for Governor Nikki Fried claimed on Twitter that Gov. Ron DeSantis is silent on anti-Semitic issues. However, Fried attended an event where the Governor championed legislation to protect students or employees from anti-Semitic discrimination.

“There has been a chilling rise in Antisemitism across our state and country,” Fried claimed on Twitter Monday. “We know what happens when antisemitism is met with silence. And yet our governor says nothing.”

Her comments are contradictory to this picture where Fried is shown clapping in support of legislation to protect students and employees from anti-Semitism Gov. Ron DeSantis signed in May of 2019. 

“I’m proud to sign this bill to make clear through a bipartisan effort that anti-Semitism has no place in our state and our educational institutions will not tolerate discrimination against the Jewish people,” said DeSantis said in 2019. 

“I was especially proud to hold a ceremonial bill signing in Jerusalem. Florida is the most Israel-friendly state in the country and as long as I’m Governor, we will continue to stand with the Jewish community.”

The Governor’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, said DeSantis has allocated state funding for security for Jewish day schools, enacted legislation to ensure Hatzalah ambulances can operate in Florida, and created a required Holocaust curriculum teaching students about the horrific events at every grade level. 

Governor DeSantis was reportedly “canceled” from speaking at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Organizers of The Tikvah Fund planned for Florida’s Governor to share how Florida has contributed to the “vitality of Jewish life” in the Sunshine state. 

However, The Tikvah Fund organizers said in an editorial that the NYC museum told them the event was no longer welcomed because DeSantis was speaking. The museum said in a statement that the decision to no longer have the event was a “contractual and logistical decision.”

Fried similarly begged DeSantis to condemn Nazis, whom he referred to “jack***es.”

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