Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hammered the Democrats for their attempt to connect him to a neo-Nazi rally over the weekend.
Democrats called for DeSantis to denounce the rally despite there being no direct connection to his administration. Around 20 people waved Nazi flags and yelled anti-Semitic insults at passersby Saturday until police arrived and the protesters left without any arrests being made.
On Monday, DeSantis excoriated Democrats while defending himself against the accusations during an Everglades restoration funding event.
"These people, 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 it, we're not playing their game!" he replied.
He went on to call the Nazis "jackasses" and said that state law enforcement would step in and hold them accountable for whatever laws they might have broken.
"But 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 [Rep.] Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), that have played footsie with the BDS movement, that even have people in their party that have cavorted with [Louis] Farrakhann!" he continued.
"No, we're gonna take our record in Florida and what we've done!" he said, and added a long list of policies he implemented that contradicted any claim of anti-Semitism.
"Why would they want to do that?" DeSantis continued. "Why would they want to elevate a half dozen malcontents? And try to make this an issue for political gain? Well, because they want to distract from the failure that we've seen with [President Joe] Biden!"
DeSantis went on to outline a series of failures attributed to Biden in his tirade against Democrats.
Here's the video of DeSantis' comments:
Gov. DeSantis responds to Neo-Nazi, Anti-Semitic rallies in central Florida www.youtube.com