On Friday, speaking at a Baptist church, Florida’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ron DeSantis, tried to instill fear that George Soros could infiltrate the state’s government. While spreading fear about George Soros is not particularly unusual among conservatives in general (and in this case, Soros is a major contributor to the campaign of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, DeSantis’ Democratic challenger), the timing was particularly insensitive—just days before, Soros had received a bomb at his home in New York.
The suspect arrested in connection to sending the bombs was 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, a man from—surprise, surprise—Florida!
DeSantis was trying to make the case that Gillum would destroy Florida’s economy, and he pointed out the fact that part of the role of governor is to appoint people to statewide agencies and boards. Of Gillum, DeSantis said, “He could be seeding, into our state government, you know, Soros-backed activists.”
Throughout the race for governor of Florida, DeSantis has been criticized for his connections to white nationalists, and for his use of what could easily be construed as racial comments, like when he told voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum.
DeSantis also received money from a donor who once referred to former President Barack Obama as a Muslim “n****r,” and refused to return the money, in spite of this. So, yeah, DeSantis seems like a pretty awful guy overall.
h/t Daily Beast