On Sunday, residents of Orlando, Florida were shocked to see a group of neo-Nazis hanging swastikas from a highway overpass.
Republicans own this. Orlando, Florida, January 30, 2022pic.twitter.com/ysPWxnzvka— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder) 1643583683
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made clear he opposed the display, calling the perpetrators "some jackasses doing this on the street" whom "state law enforcement [will] hold ... accountable" — but he also went out of his way to complain about Democrats for talking too much about the incident to make him look bad.
According to Steven Lemongello of the Orlando Sentinel, DeSantis complained that Democrats "want to elevate a half dozen malcontents and try to make this an issue for political gain."
DeSantis's other mention of the Nazis in his response was to ask why Democrats would "want to elevate a half dozen malcontents and try to make this an issue for political gain?"— Steven Lemongello (@Steven Lemongello) 1643663109
This comes shortly after DeSantis' press secretary, Christina Pushaw, suggested that the neo-Nazi demonstration could be a false flag planted by Democrats, saying “Do we even know they’re Nazis?” in a subsequently deleted tweet.