Dr. Marvin Dunn, who describes himself on Twitter as a "Historian, author, [and] progressive Democrat," has accused Florida first lady Casey DeSantis of racism because she wore a jacket emblazoned with a design that features an alligator and an outline of the Sunshine State.
Text on the jacket says, "WHERE WOKE GOES TO DIE," a comment that Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly made about Florida.
But while the message simply reflects the couple's conservative views which are also held by millions of other Americans, Dunn claimed that the jacket carries a sinister, racist meaning and that Casey DeSantis was fully cognizant of the supposed message being conveyed by her apparel.
"Casey DeSantis Florida's First Lady makes a racist fashion statement. Black babies as alligator bait was a theme in racist Florida humor of the early 1900s. It's an inside joke. If you are not from Florida, you may not get it. She does. Do you?" Dunn declared. "Casey DeSantis knew what the leather jacket she wore signified in Florida's racist history. Why did she wear it in 85 degrees weather?" he wrote in another tweet.
In a recent piece titled "Casey DeSantis is the Walmart Melania," Daily Beast executive editor Katie Barker wrote that the "ghastly black leather jacket ... brought to mind nothing so much as the racks of a Red State big-bin store where it would be retailing for $24.99."
Barker trashed the Florida governor and his wife.
After noting that Casey DeSantis had survived a battle against breast cancer, Barker wrote, "Anyone going through that must have strength and grit. Still, we've all met people who stared death in the face and came out the other side incandescently glowing with life and with love.
"Perhaps that is the case in Casey DeSantis' private and personal life, but on the public stage, with that black leather jacket, she’s telling us she stands for something else. She’s telling us she is cheering on a spouse who gets his kicks off targeting his fellow Americans. She’s telling us she’s down with his message of division and dehumanization. She's telling us they are ready for far more power. She's incandescent in her black leather jacket, at her husband's side—both of them seething with hate," Barker wrote.
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