Composite image of Ron DeSantis and Florida state police (screengrabs).
"Gestapo" trended nationwide on Twitter on Monday after Florida state police raided the home of a self-described COVID-19 whistleblower.
Former Department of Health data scientist Rebekah Jones posted video of the raid on Twitter, with harsh words for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
1/ There will be no update today. At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardwa… https://t.co/GXDz5hd6Wh— Rebekah Jones, MS, GISP (@Rebekah Jones, MS, GISP) 1607377881.0
2/ They took my phone and the computer I use every day to post the case numbers in Florida, and school cases for t… https://t.co/JA8Adyfyzq— Rebekah Jones, MS, GISP (@Rebekah Jones, MS, GISP) 1607377881.0
This is what happens to scientists who do their job honestly. This is what happens to people who speak truth to p… https://t.co/7pd8VUwi7F— Rebekah Jones, MS, GISP (@Rebekah Jones, MS, GISP) 1607378005.0
Here's some of what people were saying about the situation:
@GeoRebekah They should have never had guns out for this. DeSantis is out of control. Gestapo tactics.— Debbie Dease 🦋✍🏽🌊🇺🇸 (@Debbie Dease 🦋✍🏽🌊🇺🇸) 1607380253.0
@GeoRebekah I hope you get the ACLU lawyers on this! ASAP!— Really?!! (@Really?!!) 1607379313.0
@GeoRebekah Oh my god! Shame on you @GovRonDeSantis What the fuck is wrong with you?— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette) 1607381459.0
@GeoRebekah And they pointed guns why? What were they going to do, shoot your laptop? This is an abomination… https://t.co/J8CY9WLJyJ— Sister Euphemia (@Sister Euphemia) 1607381326.0
@GeoRebekah What is Gov @RonDeSantisFL hiding? How many people have really died in Florida during the pandemic?— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon MD) 1607381133.0
@GeoRebekah This is terrible. Guns??? What's wrong with the Police? So unnecessary— Roll On 2021🌊🌊 (@Roll On 2021🌊🌊) 1607381528.0
@GeoRebekah WTH? This is scary outrageous and ridiculous. These guys obviously have way too much time on their han… https://t.co/NCTY3EWOoH— hh (@hh) 1607378715.0
@jckcml @GeoRebekah @CNN @MSNBC @nytimes @washingtonpost I imagine we'll be hearing much more about this story; shi… https://t.co/1CvPBB6TIN— lro (@lro) 1607379556.0
@Cleavon_MD @GeoRebekah @RonDeSantisFL Gee...I wonder how much he thinks he will get away with after January? Gestapo? Fascism?— Marcie lotsascents (@Marcie lotsascents) 1607381116.0
She's the former Dept of Health employee who built the COVID-19 dashboard. She was fired after refusing to manipula… https://t.co/5zSpMP8InH— Randi Mayem Singer (@Randi Mayem Singer) 1607381812.0
This is shocking and horrifying. Rebekah Jones, the designer of the Florida COVID data tracker and whistleblower, g… https://t.co/Q6e4MuDJ89— Denise Dewald, MD 🗽 (@Denise Dewald, MD 🗽) 1607380483.0
There has to be an attorney out there who will go after @GovRonDeSantis, who just sent his gestapo to confiscate th… https://t.co/FR713ekVrW— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@Lesley Abravanel🆘) 1607381639.0
Unbelievable! Silencing scientists by intimidation, including pointing guns at their kids? This is Germany 1933… https://t.co/6PLIns6seX— scientific realm 🧬 (@scientific realm 🧬) 1607382298.0
This is straight up Gestapo. The Jack Boots have arrived on the orders of @GovRonDeSantis Rebekah is a scientist s… https://t.co/sDuzT72G0o— REESUS PATRIOT™💙 (@REESUS PATRIOT™💙) 1607379478.0
Do not look away from this. DeSantis is using Gestapo tactics on scientists. https://t.co/foO3dd5PrE— Curious Cat Defends Democracy (@Curious Cat Defends Democracy) 1607381518.0
2) The FL police pointed guns at her and her children!!! Here is the earlier coverage of how @GeoRebekah was ouste… https://t.co/ooAJRxngas— Eric Feigl-Ding (@Eric Feigl-Ding) 1607379835.0
@GeoRebekah Dear Media, Take fascists like @RonDeSantisFL seriously. They will take your livelihoods, freedom and… https://t.co/ISS29JRZ6l— Geoff (wear a mask!) Nesnow (@Geoff (wear a mask!) Nesnow) 1607383160.0