Wasserman Schultz Accuses DeSantis of Complicity Concerning Antisemitism

Wasserman Schultz Accuses DeSantis of Complicity Concerning Antisemitism

Does silence equal complicity?

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
December 5, 2022

Recently, Ye or the artist formally known as  Kanye West, has provided a flurry of antisemitic comments. These statements have included admiration for Hitler, Nazis, and a disdain for those who rush to criticize the former. The national outrage prompted President Joe Biden (D) to release a statement condemning the rapper’s utterances, going as far as saying that “silence is complicity.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is calling out Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and has accused him of being complicit due to his lack of vocalization on the matter.

“The silence of Ron DeSantis about the antisemites and white supremacists his party leader promotes can't be forgiven just because it conflicts with his naked personal ambitions. Silence is complicity,” tweeted Rep. Wasserman Schultz.

According to the Rolling Stone article that Wasserman Schultz attaches alongside her statement, Gov. DeSantis and his camp is looking avoid talking about the infamous dinner in which former President Donald Trump (R) invited West over for dinner who apparently brought a far-right commentator and antisemite Nick Fuentes along with him.

President Trump has repeatedly taken shots at DeSantis, at one point dubbing him “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Gov. DeSantis has refused to return any shots, perhaps delaying a public insult-fest until the 2024 presidential primary season begins.

Trump almost certainly did not receive any positive press once the dinner was reported. Just a few days following his campaign announcement, it is another unforced error that could possibly turn off more voters to the former Commander-in-Chief, even after the January 6th debacle.

Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released statements denouncing West and Fuentes respectively.

“Anti-Semitism is disgusting and evil. The nonsense Kanye West is spewing is hate and will never, ever be tolerated. As Americans, we must all stand united against anti-Semitism and support our Jewish neighbors in the face of these despicable attacks,” tweeted Scott.

Rubio gave an exclusive statement to The Floridian, stating “"Nick Fuentes is a purveyor and a spreader of an evil ideology," and that "he is a flat-out anti-Semite who should never be legitimized."

Perhaps the error made by Trump to bring West and Fuentes to Mar-a-Lago alongside with his past missteps could entice those such as Sens. Scott and Rubio to entertain a presidential run for office in 2024?  around.

And if the Rolling Stone report is true and the murmurs concerning a DeSantis presidential run come to fruition, there could be 3 statewide elected politicians looking to change their address to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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