Senator Bill Nelson Likens United States to Rwandan Genocide

Senator Bill Nelson Likens United States to Rwandan Genocide

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
October 30, 2018

Bill Nelson is slightly leading in his reelection bid against Governor Rick Scott, and he’s been using that slight advantage to fundraise and campaign to further amp up his chances.

Visiting Edward Waters College in Jacksonville’s New Town Neighborhood, Senator Nelson assured that “elections have consequences.”

Speaking on health care reform, Senator Nelson took part in a roundtable event, and one issue he commented on was shifting positions on pre-existing conditions.

Slamming Governor Scott, he called Scott’s recent comments part of an “election year conversion.”

Nelson added that Governor Scott “has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which gives protection. An insurance company can’t deny you insurance if you have a pre-existing condition. There are eight million people in Florida who have a pre-existing condition.”

The comments in question from Governor Scott come from an advertisement where Scott says that he supports “forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. For Sen. Nelson, it’s just another political issue. But for me, it’s personal.”

Nelson called Scott’s position “fake,” and he stressed the need to even consider asthma as qualifying as a preexisting condition.

He commented that Scott “tried to repeal the law for the last seven years. He’s done everything he could to undermine it. And then allows the state of Florida to sue to declare that provision of the law unconstitutional.”

In addition, “when the federal judge throws the suit out, the state of Florida goes on and appeals to the United States Supreme Court.”

This comes after a weekend where, on Sunday, Senator Nelson attended the Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Florida City. While there, he spoke to the congregation and asserted that the United States is becoming like the Rwandan genocide.

Explaining his claim, Senator Nelson assured that “When a place gets so tribal that the two tribes won't have anything to do with each other... that jealousy turns into hate. And we saw what happened to the Hutus and the Tutsis in Rwanda, it turned into a genocide. A million-people hacked to death within a few months. And we have got to watch what's happening here."

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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