Florida Republican for Governor Won't Reject "Race War" Ideas
Ron DeSantis has spoken at least four times to racist group
Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum can be the first black Governor in the state's history if he can defeat Republican Ron DeSantis in November. As the Washington Post and multiple other news outlets reported over the weekend, the issue of race has become a prominent subject in Florida because of the ugly history of the Republican nominee:
DeSantis spoke four times at conferences organized by a conservative activist who has said that African Americans owe their freedom to white people and that the country’s “only serious race war” is against whites.
DeSantis, elected to represent north-central Florida in 2012, appeared at the David Horowitz Freedom Center conferences in Palm Beach, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, said Michael Finch, president of the organization. At the group’s annual Restoration Weekend conferences, hundreds of people gather to hear right-wing provocateurs such as Stephen K. Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Sebastian Gorka sound off on multiculturalism, radical Islam, free speech on college campuses and other issues...
...Fellow speakers included a former Google engineer who was fired after arguing that “biological causes” in part explain why there are relatively few women working in tech and leadership; a critic of multiculturalism who has written that “Europe is committing suicide” by welcoming large numbers of refugees and immigrants; and a British media personality who urged the audience to keep the United States from becoming like the United Kingdom, where “discrimination against whites is institutionalized and systemic.”
The DeSantis campaign isn't responding to reporter questions, perhaps because they don't have anything good to say in response:
Requests to the campaign and the congressional office to interview DeSantis were declined. A spokeswoman for the congressman, Elizabeth Fusick, provided a statement that described DeSantis as “a leader in standing up for truth and American strength.”
DeSantis announced on Monday that he is resigning from Congress, effective immediately, in order to focus on his campaign for Governor. President Trump formally endorsed DeSantis before last month's Primary Election.
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