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Scott Says He 'Didn't Serve to Defend Neo-Nazis'

August 16, 2017 - 8:15pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, both strong supporters of President Donald Trump, decried racism and groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as reverberations continued Wednesday across the country after a deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

“I served in the Navy. My dad served in the Second World War,” Scott said. “I didn't serve to defend neo-Nazis.”

Bondi, meanwhile, expressed support for a decision Wednesday by University of Florida President Kent Fuchs to deny a request to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on the Gainesville campus next month. Fuchs pointed to safety concerns.

“Of course, we all believe in the First Amendment, but his priority as president of the University of Florida is to protect the students that go to that school,” Bondi said. “That's why I think that's very important.”

Scott and Bondi, however, kept their distance from a controversy about statements Trump made after members of the “alt-right” rallied in Charlottesville, leading to clashes with counter-protesters.

The governor said he was disgusted by what took place in Charlottesville and said a white supremacist “murdered” a woman by driving a car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Scott noted that the woman, Heather Heyer, 32, was about the same age as one of his daughters.

“There is no place in our country for racism, bigotry, the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists,” Scott said. He added: “There is no moral equivalence between the two sides.”

Scott said he would urge everyone, including the president, to focus on unity. But when asked about a Trump comment referring to “some very fine people on both sides,” Scott said that is a matter for the president.

“You can ask President Trump what he said. I've been clear,” Scott said.

Bondi said her office on Tuesday secured the convictions of two members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who had worked as state correctional officers. The men were accused of plotting to kill a former inmate who is black.

“Racism is alive and thriving in our state and country, and it will not be tolerated,” Bondi said.

Bondi said she intends to make her opinions clear the next time she speaks to Trump. But Bondi, who said she continues to support Trump on economic and health-care issues, noted that Trump isn't easily swayed in his views.

“Nobody is going to tell him what to do, I think everyone knows that. He's his own man,” Bondi said. “If I talk to him, I'll find out what his thoughts were when he said it. But I haven't talked to him.”


If the courts require the U of F to allow that man to speak, then I would suggest that the conditions don't need to be hospitable. A utility closet with a flickering florescent light, mechanical noise and room for fewer than 20 people would be how I would comply. In addition, I would require his speech be submitted in advance to check for hate speak and he would have to adhere to that speech. One deviation and he is shut down. They can require that he be allowed to speak, but they can't require that it be comfortable.

as a veteran, you do not get to pick and choose who you serve for. You serve your country, which is all people. You do your duty. Is their ideology disgusting? of course it is, but so is 100 other different groups of idiots. Does that condone it, no. The y should be held to the same standard as every other criminal, like Scott...

Yo, lefty.... Since POLITICS pit beliefs, I'm all for following "Party Lines". Both Scott and Bondi were ELECTED by Conservatives, and they follow the LAW of their State (and Federal) Constitution. I note that your "writing" is at a 5th-grade level. Are you uneducated or stupid?

Seriously 5th grade writing level. As a trump apologists that's pretty ironic since he talks and acts like he is in Kindergarten. But I'm sure you probably look in awe with pride at every incompetent word that comes out of his mouth.

glad to see you use your freedom of speech to wax so sanguine....

HOO RAH !...Racists?: KKK?; "SkinHeads (white supremacists)?; "BlackMuslims"?... all "bred" in your prison systems for as long as most of you have been alive... (HOWEVER, I take exception to the newly created Media-term: "White Nationalist" which is an intentional media corruption of the word "Nationalist" (which for the history and duration of this Republic meant "one who defends and loves their country and is devoted to American culture". MILLIONS of America's Military members served with "nationalist" feelings and aspirations throughout America's existence. GET IT RIGHT MEDIA !.... YOUR CITIZENS AND VETERANS ARE *NATIONALISTS* (and many of us are "Caucasoids" which seems to offend America's lazy pseudo-media complex and race-baiters of ALL STRIPES...

get a life idiot. However, you choose to brand it, white nationalism is a nice way of saying you are a scumbag racist! The prison system population is 65% white fool! Your slanted hate message is nothing more than stupidity propaganda hyperbole that is completely unsubstantiated by any facts... As a veteran who proudly served my country, I served beside all races, who also served proudly, and would have stepped in to save my life as quick as I would have done so for them. I hope you were never a Marine, because you represent everything wrong in the world today, let alone our military... You do not speak for me or any other veteran I know. You do not speak like any veterans I have ever served with... You sound like a damn yankee. If you did serve, you are definitely part of a sad minority. There is true irony in that...

"Semper Fi" hard case....sometimes even morons make it into the Corps (but NOT if they have prison records). What you need is a good reading comprehension course; and maybe you should look up the definition of "Nationalist" while you're studying so hard...

I believe that you're one brick shy of a load. IF you ever "served" you are well aware that all of those that served WITH you, as a TEAM... so where did "White Nationalist" come from? Main Stream Media, who are clearly Socialism-bent. As for "damn Yankee", you show your Southern roots, when I believe ALL American goals should be "UNITED", as in the United States of America. Go attack a Statue of somebody.

Scott's a twit. I served, way back in 1968 to defend ALL Americans, which includes neo nazis, blacks, Puerto Ricans, and any other nationality living in America. And, Scott wants to be in Congress? He stinks!

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