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Florida Voices React to Violent Charlottesville White Nationalist Protest

August 12, 2017 - 9:15pm

White nationalists descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate general on Saturday, but the protest soon spiraled out of control into a violent, chaotic and deadly scene as the day went on. 

At one point, a speeding car floored through a group of peaceful protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others. 

The man driving the car was later charged with murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death.

Florida voices reacted to the news Saturday, with some taking aim at President Donald Trump, who was criticized for waiting for hours before issuing a statement and then for not directly addressing the white nationalists and Neo-Nazis at the protest.

Here’s how politicians and political groups from the Sunshine State responded:

 

President Donald Trump
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time."

And on Twitter:
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”
 

 

Gov. Rick Scott
“We must be very clear - FL stands against all forms of racism & bigotry. The hatred displayed in VA is dispicable & has no place in America. Praying for officers in Charlottesville. Disgusted by white supremacists/evil/bigotry in VA.”

 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (via Twitter)

“Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be…these haters in #Charlotesville are agitators in search of relevance & publicity for a vile cause very few people support. Can't ignore them,but also don't give them relevance they crave. Only way they win is if they can turn the rest of us against each other.”

 

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan R-Fla. (via Twitter)
“There is no place in society for such disgusting bigotry. Must be wholeheartedly condemned. #Charlottesville.”


U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla. (via Twitter)
“Racism and bigotry have no place anywhere, especially America. Today has been a disturbing, tragic day in Charlottesville. Unfortunately the rhetoric of our President is part of the reason violence and hate is now being paraded and promoted in an American city. It is incumbent on all of us to stand up and speak out, for all Americans, and against fascism, anarchy, hate, and violence.”

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla. (via Twitter)
“The vile racism & bigotry & hatred on display in #Charlotesville does not represent who we are. Coming together to condemn it does. #unity...This is an act of terror at a march for hatred organized by racist and anti-Semitic white nationalists. We must speak with clarity.”

 

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. (via Twitter)
“The events in #Charlotesville are deeply troubling. Violence against our fellow Americans is never an appropriate political tactic.”


U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. (via Twitter)
“White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values. There are no other ‘sides’ to hatred and bigotry.”

 

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. (via Twitter)
“We can't stay silent on this: White supremacy, bigotry & anti-Semitism have no place in America. Let's unite against hate #Charlottesville. White supremacists fueled #Charlottesville's deadly violence today. Trump whitewashes it [with] false equivalency of hatred 'on many sides.’”

 

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes
“We must fight against evil whatever form it takes: Nazism/racism/white supremacy! Praying for the victims and families.”

 

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel

"The white supremacists who organized the hateful demonstrations and violent protests in Charlottesville want to intimidate us--they will not. We will not fall silent, and we will not allow these acts of terror to subdue us. We are proud to be launching a statewide effort to expand the vote and counteract these acts of hate with hope. We are encouraging every Floridian to participate and #RallytoRegister on Saturday, August 19th. Take a stand--register to vote, join your local Democratic Party, and defend our democracy."


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Hey, Mini-me Trump lap dog Matt Gaetz, how about at least show the courage Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen showed and call out these fascist hatemongers! You must have not learned very much at William & Mary law school!

Here's what happened in VA. People protesting the removal of our Confederate Monuments (American History) got a permit to protest at 10:00. Now, let's not forget they had to take it to top Va State District Court to get their 1st Amendment right acknowledged and permit from the City & State! Early this morning Antifa members, as well as BLM, were being flown and bused in from around the country. (We all know who paid their way there) At 8:45 am Va Governor & Charlottesville Mayor, who didn't want the Confederate Monument protesters there, to begin with, sends police in to cancel a protest that hadn't even started. They forced the protesters out in the streets to a waiting mob of Antifa-fa and BLM. The police were given orders to stand down and let the protesters be attacked. This was a set up by the Virginia governor to take away protesters first amendment rights. It doesn't matter what the protesters had to say. They had a right to say it.

Frank C. Obviously you don't want to deviate from Trump's 'all sides' cover for the vile, militaristic, hate speech that was promoted to incite violence. I was at UVA as a student in the late 60's and The faculty was always in favor of the 1st amendment unless the public safety was at stake. I'm sure that the Governor and Mayor had public safety in mind. Anyone with any ability to observe could see the white hate groups represented by various alt-right groups, KKK, Nazis and thugs were exactly like early supporters of Hitler marching through Germany and the racists of KKK terrorizing the South with torchlight marches with all forms of weapons. If you want to support these low life's you deserve nothing! The Lawn, the Grounds, the city ofCharlottesville belong to the students, faculty, administration and the peace loving folks of a GREAT southern city, Charlottesville.

You pontificating, political pettifoggers are all alike: WHY, on God's green earth would these miscreants, "bussed-in-by-Democrat-wealth" (think:SOROS and his ilk), even consider(on their own) destroying a "Robert E. Lee monument"?!? (Because they were "organized, transported & directed" to do so... These idiots are FAR from enlightened) ...These ill-educated morons will escalate and accelerate their ignorance of AMERICAN History to the point of "lynching" and "Maiming" ANY individual opposition to there misguided stupidity regarding the academically 'revised' FACTS surrounding America's "Civil War" dead (over 600 THOUSAND AMERICANS) and the economic causes perpetrated by Union Politicians that created this disgrace...that decimated the economically sound southern economy. The "wonderful" "Lincoln Emancipation"???... It was nothing more than a "WAR TACTIC" created to cripple the southern labor force: Lincoln didn't want to "free slaves" (and he said so), because he would necessarily also be destroying northern household servants, and transportation servants, and commercial servants, and shipping servants, and ALL measure of Northern servants (read:SLAVES) . The "monuments" that you despicable morons are tearing down represent the "cream of the American Military, and the top of the classes of it's Military Academy at THAT time...who merely demonstrated a loyalty, and a fear, for their families, homes, and culture... [Choke on THIS fools: Lincoln wanted Robert E Lee to lead the Union Army, but Lee turned him down to protect his beloved State of Virginia; and instead, Lincoln chose Ulysses S. Grant (who later became our 18th President, and whose Administration was rife with scandal: "Whiskey Ring", "Teapot Dome", and others). {You ignorant morons (and your "handlers") "tearing up our country" will bring this nonsense to a "flash point" that you will not survive... and will become the victims of deadly "revisionist history" yourselves...

Let it go dude. You are fighting for a lost cause with a bunch of losers. Trump might have succeeded at being a 'snake oil con artist', but I believe his true lack of character is becoming more apparent to more people. I would like to remember the innocent paralegal, Heather Heyer, and the other 19 victims of the fascist terrorism you want to defend. I am not an ill-educated moron. I am a proud graduate of UVA, promoter of reason that Mr. Jefferson based his Academic Village upon and a resident of Charlottesville, Va. for four years and now I am a proud resident of Gulf Breeze, Fl. where REASON rules!

Perhaps POTUS Trump could have described these Charlottesville "Internal TERRORISTS". Note that Leftists don't seem to know the difference between Socialism/Communism (that THEY represent) and Fascists (which is what Conservatives) are NOT! --- RIGHT is Small Government - Left is BIG Government.

Tampaguy, perhaps you should disable the left side of your body so you don't get infected by Liberal ideas that value a diverse, productive country. Stay out of Charlottesville and off the Grounds of UVA, Mr. Jefferson's University, where reason, not hate, is the norm.

Racism is NOT acceptable, Bigotry is not acceptable, and erasing history is not acceptable. When we erase the marks of history from our landscape, future generations will be misinformed about their past. Israel has not forgotten or erased the Holocaust. Why? They don't want anything like that to happen again and must defend against it. While we in the USA erase history and any remnants which may exist. It's sad. We committed genocide in this nation and most school kids don't know it. Most school children also think that the Americans invented slavery.....This is the result of history rewritten. Stop rewriting history and learn to live up to what we would call crimes and mistakes today.

.....When the Democrats indulge in rhetoric that DEMONIZES Whites — especially White Males — it summons the demons of White nationalism. When the Democrats PUNISH White Males who violate it's own delicate speech taboos, while tolerating the same kind of rhetoric on its own side, it summons the demons of White nationalism. When the Democrats obsess over ethnic, sexual, and religious minorities, but IGNORE the plight of poor and working-class Whites, it summons the demons of white nationalism. When the Democrats institutionalize DEMONIZATION of White Males in college classes, in political movements, in the media and elsewhere, it summons the demons of White nationalism. When the Democrats attribute moral status, and moral goodness, to persons based on their race, their sex, their sexual orientation, or any such thing, it summons up the demons of White nationalism. When the Democrats REFUSE to condemn the violent Antifa protesters, and treats their behavior as no big deal, it summons the demons of White nationalism. When the Democrats REFUSE to stand firm against aggressive manifestations of Fascism — like we have seen over the past several years on certain college campuses — it summons the demons of White nationalism. When the Democrats encourage within its ranks identification as a victim, and STIRS UP political passions based on perception that one is a victim of other groups in society, it summons the demons of White nationalism.......adapted from Rod Dreher's...."The Curse of Identity Politics"....

I don't care what color you are. When you promote hate and use reckless rhetoric, you DO NOT represent the overwhelming peaceful, inclusive white males who are responsible citizens. Those torch bearing hatemongers that desecrated Mr. Jefferson's University and the peace loving citizens of Charlottesville will forever be my enemies.

You have to admire "perception", don't you "Robert"?.....

leave it to the wingnuts to somehow make a cowardly act of violence political. Call it for what it is, a terrorist act by a bunch of ideological cowards...

Agreed - these TERRORISTS are indeed COWARDS, but more like "no-idea-logic-al".

Dear truth...or at least your version of it. Statutes, memorials and monuments to the Confederacy and Confederate dead are all over the south. They are important to us, they don't bother you. Not like we gather round the base of the statutes and hold KKK rallies every Friday night. The antifa assholes, donuts from Moms kitchen still dribbling down their chins gather up all their homosexual, bisexual and tranny friends to go start trouble. And they get it. Oh, my, goodness gracious, he hit me! With tears streaming down your face. Calling them pussies does a disservice to real pussies. How bout you put this in your vape pipe truth. The fact that there is a Martin Luther King road in every town in America pisses me off. What you going to do when opposition forces start tearing the street signs down? Why don't you mind your own business and stop LOOKING for trouble? Guaranteed you will find it. Get a job. Your Mom will be secretly thrilled if you leave the basement. She will be so proud of you? You are, after all 34 years old.

Been reviewing comments from the Pondscum Sucking faction, aka, politicians. Only people I have less respect for are lawyers. But then, almost all politicians are lawyers. Not real big on bankers, financial managers or insurance people either. The reason that Dick's famous line in Henry VI, Act II by Blll Shakespeare is still with us is because it is an idea we can all warm up to 300 odd years later. Shultzie must have been thrilled to have something to attack Trump over what with possibly facing treason charges. Take some of the heat off her, yes? Lets change the subject. And the Chaingang predictably outraged over whole thing and it is Trumps fault. And what, exactly are they attacking the President of the United States about? ( I put that in caps to agitate the morons that are still not over the election) That in a written response he condemned the violence and bigotry and urged us to use restraint and remember we are all Americans? Or, most of us are. So where is your beef?

Surprise folks, turns out the driver is a democrat and a antifa member! Although I don't agree with the the leftwing KKK and nazi's, we can't ignore the Left-wing anti-Trump antifa terrorists.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/13/us/james-alex-fields-charlottesville-driver-.html

Racism • rey-siz-uhm noun — 1. Asserting the superiority of your race while somehow feeling threatened by "inferior" races; 2. Dwelling on irrelevant skin color while ignoring what really matters (individual character, chosen culture); 3. Seeing only flaws in other ethnic groups and religions, and only seeing virtues in your own...

This is a call for action. The left is the problem here. The politicians are first in line and then the media. The left is pushing the conservatives into another civil war. If you remember the election coverage map showing that 90% of America is conservative. The left is waking up a sleeping tiger. And we will bite. And bite hard. You've been warned

Yes, Trump the man of "no place for this kind of violence in America" . . . . . sole author of such non-violent statements like: "I’d like to punch him in the face" . . . . "In the good ol’ days, they’d have knocked him out of seat so fast" . . . . "Knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, okay? Just knock the hell" . . . . . "I'll beat the crap out of you" . . . . "Part of the problem and part of the reason it takes so long ((to remove protestors)) is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore." . . . . . "The audience hit back. That's what we need a little bit more of" . . . . . "In the good old days this doesn't happen because they used to treat them very, very rough." . . . . . "They used to treat them very, very rough, and when they protested once, they would not do it again so easily,” he said, before lamenting "we've become weak" . . . . . "Try not to hurt him. If you do, I'll defend you in court, don't worry about it." . . . . "Maybe he should have been roughed up" . . . . . . not to even get into his more recent promotions of police violence, past speech upholding assault against women and his many, many other hate speech pronouncements . . . . . . . . . . the problem, Mr. Trump, is staring you in the mirror . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

Yo, Socialist "Frank"... your wrong-think begins with your Leftist half-brain is a diatribe of ignorance. Trump is our POTUS - live with it. We need people like you, with low I.Q.'s to keep the "average" at 100 --- so many intelligent Right-thinkers keep pulling it UP.

Frank...you do know the election is over, right?

I know someone should let Trump know he won.

Only Charlie Crist and Wasserman Schultz say negative politically charged comments trashing Trump. Democrats caused this with their BLM, OWS, Schumer, Pelsoi, Perez, Ellison power mongering diatribes. Democrats could end this tomorrow. They are the only violent, racist, killers in America. From their rationalization of the attempted murder in DC of Republican Congressman to the HIRED thugs Clinton deployed at Trump rallies to BLM and the thugs at college campuses. We are on to you Democrats. None - NONE of the anti-protesters in Charlottesville were from VA. Just like the so called "Women's March", it all appears to be another Soros bought and paid for left wing violent and destructive action by Democrat bought and paid for groups. Florida - expect the same with the Orlando Women's March. This is bought and paid for by Soros and the left wing thugs Democrats employ. As a woman, how dare these lying feminists speak as if the represent me or my family? Killing innocent unborn babies is NOT humanity. And these female thugs do not say ANYTHING that represents my views. Keep up the violence Democrats and you think I am going to vote for you???????????

Are you a bot?

No, she's just lil ole fascist Prissy!

Priscilla your completely correct. I don't want to praise either side of this conflicts. But I must say that I agree with the conservative protester that the statue must not be removed. This is the left at work. The BLM can march and destroy whatever they wish and nothing is said. But lets conservatives gather and here comes the Paid left winged activists. This starts at the very top with elected officials pushing for the anti conservatives actions and trickles down with the media not reporting the actual facts, but making false stories. The major media should be put out of business. Anyone doing business with the media should be boycotted

Alan, are you trying to hit on Prissy?

Now kids, don't get your panties all in a wad. The inane and mindless destruction of Civil War monuments, memorials and statutes bound to rub a LARGE PORTION of the south the wrong way.If you go to the S side of Chicago and wander around after midnite, it is a 2-8 shot that you will be killed. Any major urban center dominated by illegals, undesirables and other forms of riff raff. If you to a goat fornicating contest, do not be surprised to find goats fornicating. That's what the sign said. Why did you go? I remember what my father said after some kids at Kent State were killed by some kids in the National Guard. If they had been at home or in school like they were supposed to be they would not have been killed. Granted, Daddy no bleeding heart. There are all kinds of things I don't like. The idea of putting a third bathroom in every school and public bldg. in the country just pissed me off. Never thought much about transgender people. Never gave a rats ass bout them one way or another. Now I am agin them. But, I have yet to show up for a protest bout it. If you are looking for trouble, odds are you can find it.

Go back to school yourself

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