Jewish Palm Beach County Commissioner denounces Gov. DeSantis' office over Nazi rally response
Palm Beach County Commissioner Greg Weiss, who is Jewish, turned a regular commission meeting into a quick lesson about anti-Semitism.
"I’m sorely disappointed that the governor has taken no action," said Weiss. "As somebody of the Jewish faith, whose family was run out of Europe, some of them put into concentration camps and unfortunately some of them exterminated. It’s just reprehensible."
Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, made unsubstantiated claims on Sunday evening when she suggested that the Nazi demonstration may have been a political stunt by staffers in the Democratic party.
"Do we even know they're Nazis? Or is this a stunt like the 'white nationalists' who crashed the Youngkin rally in Charlottesville and turned out to be Dem staffers?, said Pushaw. "I trust Florida law enforcement to investment and am awaiting their conclusions."
Commissioner Weiss slammed Pushaw's tweet.
"For somebody related to the governor's office, to publicly blame their political opponents because of these misguided and misdirected people, is so offensive," Weiss said.
At a recent news conference — a day after Pushaw's tweet — Gov. DeSantis pushed back against widespread calls to condemn the Nazi salutes, anti-Jewish slurs, and Nazi regalia. DeSantis instead called the demonstrators "jackasses" while expressing his appreciation for Israel. DeSantis claimed that political opponents on the left are using the rally to smear him.
Other local elected leaders, such as U.S. Senator Rick Scott, a Republican, directly denounced the activities at the neo-Nazi rally.
"The hateful and anti-Semitic demonstrations reported in Florida today have no place in our state," said Scott.
"Across America, we’ve seen a heartbreaking and disgusting rise in hate like this. We must always condemn it and continue to stand strongly with our Jewish communities."