Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being accused of violating the U.S. Constitution and Florida law by former Judge and Fox News Contributor Andrew Napolitano.
Judge Napolitano made the accusation against Gov. DeSantis on Twitter and Tik Tok after a video was posted by conservative activist and journalist Laura Loomer showing herself and a group of Trump supporters from TheVillages being told to leave the parking lot of the bookstore where DeSantis was having his book signing event.
“That’s absolutely prohibited by the Constitution of the United States. Moreover, Florida has a public accommodation law,” said Napolitano.
After posting the video on his Twitter and Tik Tok accounts, Napolitano continued, saying that Florida law does not allow for anyone to be discriminated against “on the basis of their politics.”
“You cannot discriminate against people on the basis of their politics. That’s Florida law. So, the Governor, or his people, he’s going to claim he didn’t know about it, directly or indirectly violated the Constitution he swore to uphold, the First Amendment he swore to uphold, and Florida law he swore to enforce,” concluded Napolitano.
Loomer posted the video on Twitter, accusing Gov. DeSantis and his staff of being ignorant of the U.S. Constitution and Florida law.
I don’t want a President who is ignorant of what’s inside the US Constitution & FL law.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) March 2, 2023
The incident occurred Tuesday, February 28, 2023, on the first day of DeSantis's book release, during a stop on his book tour at Books-a-Million bookstore in Leesburg, Florida.
Loomer, who supports former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential candidacy, has been relentlessly attacking DeSantis over what she calls his "failed" Big Tech censorship bill and his recent encouragement of the Florida Legislature to change Florida's “Resign to Run” law so that he can keep his job as govenor, and primary challenge President Trump in 2024.
That measure to change the "Resign to Run" law is expected to make its way through the Florida Legislature when session begins next week.
In the viral video she posted of the incident, a security guard is seen and heard telling Loomer and her group to leave.
“The (Team DeSantis) told me that anyone wearing Trump has to go right now, during the signing,” said the security guard.
The guard continued, saying, “DeSantis people are in there saying, to have me come and tell you guys not to be here while he’s here.”
Loomer asked, “So DeSantis’s people told you we have to leave?”
The guard responded “Yes.”
The Floridian spoke to the DeSantis team and they reassured us that they did not tell the guard to tell Loomer and the rest of the Trump supporters to leave, even though the secruity guard is on video repeating the accusation several times.
DeSantis’s team had no further comment.
DeSantis will be in Texas this weekend speaking at events in Dallas and Houston, and will not attend CPAC, as The Floridian first reported.
DeSantis is considered the new darling of the Republican Party and a real threat to President Trump in a contested presidential primary.
Over the past year, countless hypothetical public opinion polls have shown Trump’s lead over DeSantis shrinking, but as of late, Trump’s poll numbers have begun to rise.
The latest Fox News, Emerson, and Harvard-Harris polls have Trump with at least a 15 percentage point lead over DeSantis.