By Eric Daugherty
February 2, 2022 Updated 3:53 P.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – In a tweet Wednesday morning, Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried said that Neo-Nazi groups demonstrating in Florida are not “a**holes.”
Fried was referencing Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) response to the Nazi demonstrations that took place last weekend in Orlando. The demonstrations were broken up by law enforcement who said that it was illegal to block roadways and display signage over the highway overpass.
DeSantis characterized the Nazis as “jackasses” and blasted Democrats for using the protest to smear him, one of the most pro-Israel and pro-Jewish community governors in Florida’s history.
“I’m not gonna have people try to smear me that 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, that even have people in their party that have cavorted with Farrakhan,” he said.
Conservatives are criticizing Fried and other Democrats for using the small amount of Nazis to straw man DeSantis, claiming he will not disavow them despite his insult against the group.
“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 this – we’re not playing their game. You know, some jackasses, you know, doing this on the street – first of all, state law enforcement is gonna hold them accountable because they were doing stuff on the overpass,” DeSantis said.
Nikki Fried has not disavowed Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments today.
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